Sean Capperis Email
Sean Capperis is a Data Manager and Research Analyst at the Furman Center. Prior to the Furman Center, Sean was a property valuation modeler for the City of New York’s Department of Finance. He has also worked in research and communications roles for Pittsburgh City Council and Cool Space Locator, a community development-focused real estate brokerage in Pittsburgh. He holds an M.P.A. from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa in urban studies and English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. At NYU Wagner, Sean was a Research Assistant at the Furman Center, a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow, and Mayor’s Office Fellow for the City of Chicago. His interests include spatial data analysis methods, public and real estate finance, land use policy, and labor markets.
Jorge De la Roca Email
Jorge De la Roca is a Research Fellow at the Furman Center. His fields of interest include urban, real estate and labor economics with a particular focus on the study of agglomeration economies. At the Furman Center he is working in the areas of neighborhood change and land use regulation. He completed his BA in Economics at Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, and his MPhil and PhD in Economics at CEMFI. His dissertation provides a quantitative assessment of several mechanisms that generate earnings differentials across cities of different sizes. Before joining the Furman Center, Jorge worked as a research assistant at the Center for International Development CID at Harvard University, the International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI in Washington, DC and the Group for the Analysis of Development GRADE in Lima.
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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 Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Her research centers on neighborhoods, housing, and residential segregation. Professor Ellen is author of Sharing America’s Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (Harvard University Press, 2000) and has been published in such journals as Urban Studies, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, and Housing Policy Debate. She is currently undertaking a national study of economic change in U.S. neighborhoods. In addition, she is studying the interaction between investments in schools and subsidized housing and examining why some parcels of land remain underdeveloped, even in hot markets. Professor Ellen teaches courses in microeconomics, urban economics, and urban policy research. Before coming to NYU, Professor Ellen held visiting positions at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. 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.
Kevin Findlan Email
Kevin Findlan is the Associate Director of the Furman Center. Prior to joining the Center, he was the director of administration of the Program for Economic Research at Columbia University, where he was responsible for fundraising, grant writing, project management, operations, and planning. Kevin received his M.Sc. in Real Estate from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia. His interests include real estate development, land use, the built environment, and technology. Before his move to academia, Kevin began his career in the music industry and founded a record label. He received the A.B. in Music with high honors from Dartmouth College, where he was a Rufus Choate Scholar, and was a Reynolds Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
Josiah Madar Email
Josiah Madar is a Research Fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where his research focuses on mortgage lending, foreclosure, neighborhood stabilization, residential development and land use regulation. Before joining the Furman Center in 2007, Josiah was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he practiced corporate and real estate law for a variety of corporate and private equity clients and, on a pro bono basis, New York non-profit organizations. He received his B.S.A.D in architecture from M.I.T. in 1997 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2002. Before law school, Josiah worked as an urban planner at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts from 1997 to 1999.
Shannon Moriarty Email
Shannon Moriarty is the Communications Director at the Furman Center, where she works to bring the Center’s research and policy work to the public, media, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining the Center, 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. Previously, she was 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, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Bethany O’Neill Email
Bethany O’Neill is the Administrative Associate at the Furman Center. She earned her B.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition from the University of Florida, and is pursuing an M.A. in Food Studies at New York University. Bethany is interested in food policy issues and the local food movement. At the Furman Center, she is enjoying the opportunity to learn about urban planning and housing in New York City.
Justin Steil Email
Justin Steil is a Legal Research Fellow at the Furman Center. His recent research investigates how diverging municipal responses to rapid immigration impact residential integration and civic incorporation. He is an editor of Searching for the Just City: Debates in Urban Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2009). Prior to joining the Center, he clerked for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. Kimba M. Wood, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before law school, he worked as advocacy director for a non-profit fighting predatory lending practices and program manager for an environmental justice organization focusing on brownfield redevelopment. He received a B.A. from Harvard College in African-American Studies, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in City Design and Social Science, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Urban Planning at Columbia.
Laura Vert Email
Laura Vert is the Fiscal and Grants Manager at the Furman Center. Prior to joining the Furman Center, Laura spent four years 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.
Max Weselcouch Email
Max Weselcouch is a Data Manager and a Research Analyst at the Furman Center. Prior to joining the Furman Center, she was a research assistant at RESI of Towson University, a non-profit economics research group located in Baltimore, Maryland. While at RESI, she devoted most of her time to studying welfare and subsidized childcare expenses in Maryland. Max received a B.A. with honors in Mathematics and Dance from Goucher College in 2005, and she spent a year studying biostatistics at John Hopkins University as a mental health trainee sponsored by the National Institute on Mental Health. She is currently pursuing an M.U.P. at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Mark Willis Email
Mark Willis is the Interim Executive Director and a Resident Research Fellow at the Furman Center. Before joining the Center, Mark was a Visiting Scholar at the Ford Foundation, working on research related to community development and the financial services sector. Prior to his time at Ford, Mark spent 19 years at JPMorgan Chase, overseeing its community development programs and products to help strengthen low- and moderate-income communities. Among his many accomplishments there, Mark founded the Chase Community Development Corporation. Before joining Chase, Mark held various positions in economic development and tax policy with the City of New York, including Deputy Commissioner for Development at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and worked as an urban economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Mark co-chairs Housing First! in New York City and has previously chaired the New York Community Investment Company and the Consumer Bankers Association’s Community Reinvestment Committee, and co-chaired Living Cities: The National Community Development Initiative. Mr. Willis has also served as a member of the Bankers/Community Collaborative Council of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. He currently serves on a number of boards including the executive committees of the Center for Housing Policy and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce as well as the advisory board of the Office of Financial Empowerment of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Mark teaches Housing and Community Development Policy jointly at New York University’s Law and Wagner schools. He has a B.A. degree in economics from Yale University, a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. degree in urban economics and industrial organization from Yale University.
Jessica Yager Email
Jessica Yager is the Policy Director at the Furman Center. Prior to joining the Center, she was the founding Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Project at Queens Legal Services, where she developed and managed a project that represents low- and moderate-income homeowners facing foreclosure in Queens, engaged in policy reform efforts to increase fairness and transparency in the foreclosure process, and conducted outreach to educate homeowners about how to avoid foreclosure and predatory lending. Jessica has worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender, a public defender office that specializes in appeals; and as a Clinical Fellow at the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall University School of Law, where she represented clients in civil rights cases in federal court. She also served 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 New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.