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. She spearheaded the NYU Furman Center’s work on building resilience in multifamily housing following Superstorm Sandy. She also led the creation of several of the NYU Furman Center’s key policy contributions, including Housing for an Inclusive New York, a series of policy briefs that explored affordable housing policies for high-cost cities, and 10 Issues for New York City’s Next Mayor, which explored the major housing policies proposed by candidates during the 2013 mayoral campaign.
Prior to joining the NYU Furman Center, Jessica was the founding Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Project at Queens Legal Services, where she supervised a team of lawyers and paralegals working on foreclosure defense and predatory lending cases. 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 New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.