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National Community of Practice on Local Housing Policy


The Community of Practice on Local Housing Strategies is a collaborative project of the NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates.

Abt Associates

Founded in 1965, Abt Associates is a mission-driven global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, climate change, and international development. Abt Associates is today known as a bold, innovative, and effective agent of social change, committed to improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. The impact of their ongoing work in nearly 50 countries is significant and wide ranging. Their global staff of more than 2,300 people conducts innovative studies and implements remarkable projects.

NYU Furman Center

Founded in 1995, the NYU Furman Center is a joint center of the New York University School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service which advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy. The NYU Furman Center provides objective academic and empirical research on the legal and public policy issues involving land use, real estate, housing, and urban affairs in the United States, promotes frank and productive discussions about critical issues in land use, real estate, and urban policy, and presents essential data and analysis about the state of New York City’s housing and neighborhoods to those involved in land use, real estate development, community economic development, housing, urban economics, and urban policy.

Project Leads

Ingrid Gould Ellen, NYU Furman Center
Jeffrey Lubell, Abt Associates
Mark Willis, NYU Furman Center


Kimberly Burnett, Abt Associates
Rebecca Cohen, Abt Associates
Allex Desronvil, NYU Furman Center
Jill Khadduri, Abt Associates
Shannon Moriarty, NYU Furman Center

CoP Core Working Group

Rafael Cestero, The Community Preservation Corporation
Sheila Dillon, City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
Rick Gentry, San Diego Housing Authority
Con Howe, CityView
Rick Jacobus, Street Level Advisors
Robin Kniech, Denver City Council (Council Member, At-Large)
Linda Mandolini, Eden Housing
Chrishelle Palay, Texas Low-Income Housing Information Services
Melinda Pollack, Enterprise Community Partners
Raul Raymundo, The Resurrection Project
Gary Rodney, NYC Housing Development Corporation
Tony Salazar, McCormack Baron Salazar
Denise Scott, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Sheryl Whitney, Whitney Jennings Consulting