Our Team

  • Vicki Been

    Vicki Been

    Vicki Been is the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Faculty Director at NYU Furman Center. She returned to NYU in February 2017, after serving for three years as Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development for the City of New York. She has done extensive research on New York City’s land use patterns, inclusionary zoning, historic preservation, the interplay of community benefit agreements with land use practices, and on a variety of affordable housing and land use policies, including gentrification, mortgage foreclosure, racial and economic integration, and the effects of supportive housing developments on their neighbors. She is the co-author of a leading land use casebook, Land Use Controls. Vicki is a 1983 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar. She clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York and for Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Ingrid Gould Ellen

    Ingrid Gould Ellen

    Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center. Her research centers on neighborhoods, housing, and residential segregation. Ingrid is author of Sharing America’s Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (Harvard University Press, 2000) and editor of How to House the Homeless (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010). She attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, an M.P.P., and a Ph.D. in Public Policy.

  • Katherine O’Regan

    Katherine O’Regan

    Katherine O'Regan is a Faculty Director at the NYU Furman Center and Professor of Public Policy and Planning at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She spent April, 2014-January, 2017 in the Obama Administration, serving as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and spent ten years teaching at the Yale School of Management prior to joining the Wagner faculty in 2000. She teaches courses in microeconomics, poverty, program evaluation, and urban economics, and has received teaching awards from Berkeley, Yale, and NYU.

  • Jessica Yager

    Jessica Yager

    Jessica Yager is the Executive Director at the NYU Furman Center. She has led the NYU Furman Center’s policy work since 2012, first serving as Policy Director and then as Deputy Director. Prior to joining the NYU Furman Center, Jessica was the founding Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Project at Queens Legal Services. She has also worked as a senior staff attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender; a clinical teaching fellow at the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall University School of Law; and as a law clerk to the Honorable Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Jessica received a J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

  • Maxwell Austensen

    Maxwell Austensen

    Maxwell Austensen is a Data Analyst at the NYU Furman Center. He is Master of Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner, specializing in Policy Analysis, and was previously a Research Assistant at the NYU Furman Center. Maxwell received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is interested in program evaluation, residential segregation, and social policies that aim to reduce poverty.

  • Luis Inaraja Vera

    Luis Inaraja Vera

    Luis Inaraja Vera is a Research Fellow and the 2016-2017 Jonathan L. Mechanic/Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. During his time in private practice, Luis worked as an associate attorney with the Land Use and Environmental Law practice group of the law firm Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira in Barcelona, Spain. He is primarily interested in the intersection of Land Use and Environmental Law and has published in the areas of soil contamination and water law. Luis holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Girona; an LL.B. from the University of Barcelona; an LL.M. from Vermont Law School; and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a Managing Editor of the NYU Environmental Law Journal. 

  • Gita Khun Jush

    Gita Khun Jush

    Gita Khun Jush is a Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Her research interests include labor, urban, and public economics. Her work focuses on understanding the sources of agglomeration economies, particularly those related to labor markets, and understanding the effects of gentrification on low-income households. Gita completed a M.S. in Physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and a M.P.A. at the Harvard Kennedy School. She will complete her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in January 2016. 

  • Shannon Moriarty

    Shannon Moriarty

    Shannon Moriarty is the Communications Director at the NYU Furman Center, where she works to bring the Center’s research and policy work to the public, media, and other stakeholders. Previously, she was founding writer and editor of Change.org’s End Homelessness blog, where she provided daily commentary and analysis on housing and homelessness issues. She was also a Research Assistant at the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Communications Director at United for a Fair Economy. Shannon holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bridgewater State University, where she was an Adrian Tinsley Scholar and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

  • Bethany O’Neill

    Bethany O’Neill

    Bethany O’Neill is the Operations Manager at the NYU Furman Center. She earned her B.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and her M.A. in Food Studies from New York University. Bethany is interested in food policy issues and their intersections with sustainability and urban planning.

  • Lauren Richardson

    Lauren Richardson is a second-year student at New York University School of Law, where she is a Moelis Fellow for Urban Law and Public Affairs. Lauren is fascinated by how geographic space can degrade or enhance quality of life and basic dignity. Her interests lie at the intersection of housing, health, and environmental justice. Lauren is spending her 1L summer at the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), where she works on housing court cases involving mold, lead, and other toxic health conditions in low-income communities. At the Law School, Lauren is a member of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, serves as the Co-chair of the Public Interest Law Student Association, and is the St. Xavier Clinic Coordinator for REACH, a student run legal clinic for individuals experiencing homelessness. Before NYU, Lauren worked in international education and development in Africa and South America. She graduated from the University of South Florida, with a B.A. in International Relations and B.A. in Africana Studies. She became interested in issues of urban policy while working with young adults experiencing homelessness for her undergraduate honors thesis and with low-income immigrant and refugee populations at a nonprofit community development corporation. She speaks Swahili and Spanish.

  • Stephanie Rosoff

    Stephanie Rosoff

    Stephanie Rosoff is the Data Manager and Research Analyst at the NYU Furman Center, where she coordinates the Center’s data analysis activities. Stephanie is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at NYU Wagner and teaches a course on spatial analysis and mapping. Previously, Stephanie was Associate Director of Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While at the NY Fed, Stephanie’s research focused on trends in consumer and small business credit. Stephanie also served as a Geographic Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to implement the 2010 decennial census. Stephanie has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Urban Planning from NYU Wagner.

  • Traci Sanders

    Traci Sanders

    Traci Sanders is a Policy Associate at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, she served as a Policy Analyst for the Economic and Community Development Division at the New York City Council. Prior to that, she was a legal assistant for the land use practice at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis, & Frankel, LLP. Traci holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Urban Planning from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service.

  • Eric Stern

    Eric Stern

    Eric Stern is a Policy Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. He previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York focusing on housing, small business, public finance, and catastrophic risk. While at the Fed, he was seconded to the New York City Mayor’s Office to contribute to the housing plan. Before joining the Fed, he provided research assistance at the New York City Council, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the NYU Institute for Education & Social Policy. On Manhattan Community Board Five, he chairs the Land Use Committee. He received his A.B. from Princeton University where he concentrated in the Woodrow Wilson School Public & International Affairs.

  • Michael  Suher

    Michael Suher

    Michael Suher is a Research Fellow and the 2015-2016 Nourallah Elghanayan Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. His fields of interest include urban and real estate economics, mortgage finance, and public economics. He completed his B.A. in Physics at Duke University and his Ph.D. in Economics at Brown University. Prior to his doctoral studies he worked as an assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

  • Laura Vert

    Laura Vert

    Laura Vert is the Fiscal and Grants Manager at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, Laura served as the Administrative Manager at the Brooklyn Autism Center, a non-profit school that provides behavioral therapy and educational services for students on the autism spectrum. In this position, Laura was focused primarily on financial and human resource management, but also worked in the areas of development, strategic planning, special events and marketing. Laura holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences and an M.P.A. from CUNY Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. She also holds PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification.

  • Mark Willis

    Mark Willis

    Mark Willis is the Senior Policy Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, Mark served two years as interim Executive Director of the NYU Furman Center following the departure of Co-Director Vicki Been to the de Blasio administration. Before joining the NYU Furman Center, Mark was a Visiting Scholar at the Ford Foundation. He spent 19 years at JPMorgan Chase overseeing its community development program, serving as Executive Vice President and Founding President of the Chase Community Development Corporation. Mark has also held positions with the City of New York in economic development, tax policy, and housing, where he was the Deputy Commissioner for Development at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He also worked as an urban economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mark has a B.A. in economics from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in urban economics and industrial organization from Yale University.