Our Team

  • Jaclene Begley

    Jaclene Begley is an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Her current research focuses on housing tenure, mortgage, and home improvement decisions; aging homeowners; and the intergenerational effects of housing wealth. She received her doctorate in public policy from NYU Wagner, where she studied urban and housing policy and was a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Prior to Ryerson, Jackie spent ayear at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where she is still a visiting scholar. She also spent a summer as a graduate researcher at the University of Hong Kong. Jackie received a master's degree in city planning from UC Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Samuel Dastrup

    Samuel Dastrup is a research affiliate and former research fellow at the Furman Center. His research explores the interactions of residential real estate markets, neighborhoods, and household decisions with a focus on energy choices. Samuel received a B.S. in Economics from Brigham Young University in 2005, where he has returned to teach Introductory Economics as a visiting lecturer, and completed a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). While at UCSD, his research on how solar panel installations affect home prices received funding from the University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics. This work and companion research on solar panel installation decisions has been awarded the Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by Resources for the Future. Samuel also worked as a research analyst for a nonprofit strategy consulting organization supporting San Diego nonprofits.

  • Jorge De la Roca

    Jorge De la Roca is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public of Policy. His research interests include urban economics, labor economics and economic geography. His research focuses on understanding the benefits of working in big cities and studying urban migration across cities of different sizes. He is currently working with colleagues to study how young workers assess their own ability and how this affects the size of the cities they choose to live in. Recently he has also studied the consequences of racial segregation on minorities in the United States, co-authoring an article on the subject in Regional Science and Urban Economics. He has also published on wage cyclicality in SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association. Dr. De la Roca earned his doctorate and master’s at CEMFI in Spain and his Bachelor Degree at Universidad del Pacífico in Peru. Before joining the Price School, he was a research fellow at the NYU Furman Center. He has also worked at Harvard University’s Center for International Development; the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; and the Group for the Analysis of Development in Lima, Peru.

  • Michael Gedal

    Michael Gedal is a research affiliate and former doctoral fellow at the Furman Center. Michael currently works at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the Regional and Community Outreach group. His research interests include housing, urban economics and household finance. Before coming to NYU, Michael worked at National Economic Research Associates, Abt Associates and Toscanini’s. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University.

  • Adam Gordon

    Adam Gordon is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Furman Center. At Furman, he focuses primarily on federal housing policy on building inclusive and sustainable communities and on racial discrimination in housing markets. He also was a co-organizer of Furman’s Transforming America’s Housing Policy conference in 2009. Adam has been an Equal Justice Works Fellow and currently serves as Staff Attorney at Fair Share Housing Center, the New Jersey public interest law firm that enforces the Mount Laurel doctrine, which requires that all New Jersey communities provide for a realistic opportunity for their fair share of the regional need of low- and moderate-income housing. He is also co-founder of a quarterly magazine, The Next American City, which the New York Times described as a “subtle plan to change the world.” He has authored law review articles on the historic legal infrastructure of racial discrimination in the mortgage market and remedies for exclusionary zoning under the Fair Housing Act. He holds a B.A. from Yale College and J.D. from Yale Law School.

  • Andrew Hayashi

    Andrew Hayashi is an expert in tax law, tax policy, and behavioral law and economics. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. Previously, he was the Nourallah Elghanayan Research Fellow at the Furman Center, where his research focused on the effects of tax policy on real estate and housing markets. He received a B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, in philosophy and international economics from Georgetown University in 2002, an M.S. in economics and philosophy from the London School of Economics in 2003, and a J.D., Order of the Coif, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. His dissertation research covered topics in behavioral law and economics and he continues to do research in this area, particularly as applied to tax policy. While at Berkeley, Andrew was a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, a Berkeley Law and Economics Fellow, and received research funding from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. Before joining the Furman Center Andrew was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where he practiced tax law.

  • Keren Mertens Horn

    Keren Mertens Horn is an Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts Boston. She is interested the role of housing and school policy in shaping neighborhood growth and decline. She received her PhD in Policy from New York University, with a focus on Urban Economics. Her research centers around three strands of inquiry. The first explores the dynamics of neighborhood growth and decline. The second examines the role of housing policy in shaping our metropolitan areas. The third studies the ways in which schools and school reforms shape neighborhood trajectories. She has recently been awarded a grant through the MacArthur Foundation, with co-principal investigators Ingrid Ellen and Amy Schwartz, to examine whether receipt of a housing voucher can improve educational outcomes for elementary school students.

  • John Infranca

    John Infranca is an Assistant Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. His research focuses on land use regulation, affordable housing policy, property theory, and law and religion. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies and later returned for an M.T.S. in Moral Theology, and of New York University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the New York University Law Review. John served as a law clerk to Judge Berle Schiller, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Judge Julio Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. At the Furman Center, John served as a legal fellow, where he focused on land use regulation and affordable housing policy. He also taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. After college and during graduate school, John worked with a number of homeless services organizations, as a case manager for refugees, and as the director of a service learning program in Mexico.

  • Johanna Lacoe

    Johanna Lacoe is a research affiliate and former doctoral fellow at the Furman Center. She is a doctoral student at Wagner, and received her M.P.A. from Wagner in 2008 and her B.A. in Political Science from Brown University in 2002. Her research investigates the causes and consequences of urban social problems for youth, families, and neighborhoods, with a particular focus on crime and safety, housing, and education. Johanna is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Price School of Public Policy and the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.

  • Mike Lens

    Mike Lens is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he investigates the role that housing policy plays in neighborhood decline and revitalization and the clustering of crime, poverty and other social problems. Mike earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University, and his MPP from the University of Michigan, and is a former research associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he evaluated adolescent substance abuse and mental health programs and juvenile justice policy reforms. His recent and current projects include an investigation of the neighborhood conditions of households living in subsidized housing, and exploring the role that subsidized housing policy changes may have in affecting neighborhood crime and poverty rates. He is also studying whether crime depresses commercial property values and neighborhood business activity.

  • Josiah Madar

    Josiah Madar is a Research Affiliate with the NYU Furman Center, where his research focused on mortgage lending, foreclosure, neighborhood stabilization, residential development and land use regulation.  Prior to 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.

  • Brian McCabe

    Brian McCabe is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and his M.Sc. in Geography from the London School of Economics.  He previously worked at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in New York City and as a doctoral research assistant at the Furman Center.  His current research with Vicki Been and Ingrid Ellen examines the impact of historic district designations on residential property values, construction activity and demographic change in New York City.  He also studies the civic benefits of homeownership, investigating whether homeowners participate more actively in political life and community affairs.

  • Simon McDonnell

    Simon McDonnell is a senior policy analyst for the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY). In that role, he explores characteristics that influence retention and graduation rates for baccalaureate and associate level students. Simon brings his environmental and transportation background to the office expanding analyses. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2000 and after a period working for Deloitte & Touche in New York, he received an M.Sc. in Environmental Economics and Policy from UCD in 2003. This research investigated the economic and environmental impacts of an environmental levy on plastic shopping bags imposed by the Irish Government. Simon graduated from UCD with a Ph.D. in transport and environmental economics and policy in early 2007.

  • Rachel Meltzer

    Rachel Meltzer is an Assistant Professor at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School.  She teaches courses on quantitative methods and policy analysis. Prior to joining Milano she was a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center and taught courses in statistics and microeconomics at the Wagner Graduate School at NYU.  Her research is broadly concerned with issues related to housing and economic development policies, and how public and private investments in these areas affect individuals, neighborhoods and cities.  She has conducted research on issues related to inclusionary zoning, Business Improvement Districts and homeowners associations. Her current work also focuses on neighborhood change, and specifically, changes in retail and commercial services in neighborhoods undergoing economic and racial transitions.  Her work has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Rachel earned her doctorate in Public Policy/Public Administration and M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a B.A. in Psychology and Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

  • Vincent Reina

    Vincent Reina is a research affiliate and former Herbert Z. Gold Housing Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, he worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation as a Senior Program Officer in their Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative, where he was involved in assessing the feasibility of, and structuring financing for, preservation transactions. Vincent has also worked as a Project Manager in HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing and as a Community Planning and Development Representative in the Office of Community Planning and Development. In addition, Vincent was a Coro Community Fellow and is currently an Associate at the Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy.  He earned a B.S. in Urban Studies from Cornell University and an M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University.

  • David Reiss

    David Reiss is a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where he is the Academic Director of the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE). He has also taught at Seton Hall Law School. His research focuses on the secondary mortgage market and he is currently writing a book on federal housing finance policy. He has been an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in its Real Estate Department and an associate at Morrison & Foerster in its Land Use and Environmental Law Group. He was also a law clerk to Judge Timothy Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the New York University School of Law. Prior to law school, he worked for Community Access, a not-for-profit housing provider. He is the editor of REFinBlog.com, a blog about real estate law and practice.   

  • Amy Ellen Schwartz

    Amy Ellen Schwartz is Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics and Director of the NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy. She teaches courses in public finance and policy at both Wagner and The Steinhardt School of Education. Her research is primarily in applied econometrics, focusing on issues in urban policy and education policy and finance. Current research in K12 education examines the education of immigrant children in New York City, the race gap in test scores, and the impact of school organization and school size on student performance. Her work on economic development in New York City investigates the impact of Business Improvement Districts on property values. Previous research has examined the cost of college, evaluated the role of public infrastructure in determining state output, growth, and employment, and other issues in public finance.

  • Justin Steil

    Justin Steil is an Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning.  Broadly interested in social stratification and spatial dimensions of inequality, his research examines the intersection of urban policy with property, land use, and civil rights law.  His recent scholarship has explored the relationship between space, power, and inequality in the context of immigration federalism, residential segregation, lending discrimination, environmental justice, and mass incarceration. Before coming to MIT, Justin was a Fellow at the NYU Furman Center and clerked for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the Hon. Kimba M. Wood, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before graduate school, he worked as advocacy director for a non-profit fighting predatory lending practices, urban planner for an environmental justice organization focusing on brownfield redevelopment, program manager for a project bringing youth and prisoners into critical dialogues about justice, and trainer with a domestic violence crisis center instructing police in Ciudad Juárez in the support of survivors of sexual assault. Justin 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, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as a Fair Housing and Community Development Consultant to the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York. He also currently co-edits, with Ingrid Gould Ellen, the online discussion about racial and economic segregation at The Dream Revisited.