Our Team

  • 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 the co-editor of The Dream Revisited: Contemporary Debates About Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity (Columbia University Press, 2018). She is also the 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 Professor of Public Policy and Planning and Faculty Director of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. She spent April, 2014 through January, 2017 in the Obama Administration, serving as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her primary research interests are at the intersection of poverty and space—the conditions and fortunes of poor neighborhoods and those who live in them. Her recent research includes work on a wide variety of affordable housing topics, from whether the Low Income Tax Credit contributes to increased economic and racial segregation, to whether the presence of housing voucher households contributes to neighborhood crime. Her board work includes serving on the board of the Reinvestment Fund, one of the largest community development financial institutions in the U.S. 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. 

  • Elisabeth Appel

    Elisabeth Appel

    Elisabeth Appel is the Operations and Program Assistant at the NYU Furman Center. She recently graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Public Policy and Comparative Literature. 

  • Maxwell Austensen

    Maxwell Austensen

    Maxwell Austensen is the Data Manager at the NYU Furman Center, where he was previously a Data Analyst and Research Assistant. Maxwell received an M.P.A. from NYU Wagner where he specialized in policy analysis, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is interested in using open source tools to improve quantitative analysis workflows.

  • Ryan Brenner

    Ryan Brenner

    Ryan Brenner is a Research Analyst at the NYU Furman Center. Prior to joining the Furman Center, Ryan worked as a service provider in San Francisco’s homeless shelters and supportive housing developments. He received a B.S. in Conservation Biology from Colorado State University, J.D. from Michigan State University, and M.S. in Public Policy from NYU Wagner. Ryan is interested in using data to improve urban infrastructure and policy for sustainable development.  

  • Sophie House

    Sophie House

    Sophie House is a Legal Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Her work focuses on how cities approach issues related to housing, homelessness, and the use of public space. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she worked with local government attorneys to develop and bring public interest litigation with the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project and represented low-income clients in housing proceedings at the Urban Justice Center's Safety Net Project and the Reentry Clinic at New Haven Legal Assistance. She also holds an B.A. in Economics from New York University and an M.Phil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford. Before joining the NYU Furman Center, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew D. Hurwitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Arizona. 

  • Noah Kazis

    Noah Kazis

    Noah Kazis is a Legal Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, he worked at the New York City Law Department, where he represented the City in matters including the development of legislation limiting greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, the defense and implementation of the City's sanctuary city policies, and two rounds of charter revision. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Noah is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a student director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic, working to build affordable housing in New Haven and to support anti-exclusionary zoning policies in Connecticut and New Jersey. His research focuses on land use and local government law, with a particular emphasis on the institutional structures of local governments. 

  • Charles McNally

    Charles McNally

    Charles McNally is the Communications Director at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, he served as a Public Affairs Officer and Special Assistant in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New York Regional Office. In addition to managing communications and press for HUD’s $6 Billion portfolio of grantees and housing agencies across New York State, he served as a liaison to stakeholders during rulemaking processes on Difficult Development Areas and Small Area Fair Market Rents. Before joining HUD, Charles practiced Community Development in Togo and Madagascar as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University-Camden. 

  • Steve Mello

    Steve Mello

    Steve Mello is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. He is an applied microeconomist interested in poverty and inequality, public economics, and criminal justice. His recent research has examined topics such as the financial wellbeing of low-income households and racial bias in policing. Steve received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2019 and his B.A. from Hamilton College in 2011. He will join the economics faculty at Dartmouth College in the fall of 2020.

  • Matthew Murphy

    Matthew Murphy

    Matthew Murphy is the Executive Director of the NYU Furman Center. Previously, he served as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Policy and Strategy for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and was responsible for creating strategies to advance HPD's housing policy and objectives and overseeing initiatives to help achieve agency goals and improve operations. He directly oversaw two divisions: Housing Policy and Strategic Operations & Analytics, playing a central role in many of the City's signature achievements, including the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, the reform of 421-a, and the new Certification of No Harassment policy, among others. Matt started with HPD as Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning in 2015 after having served as a Senior Project Manager and Policy Advisor at HDC since 2011. Matt began his urban planning career as a Graduate Research Assistant with the NYU Furman Center, during which time he completed a Masters of Urban Planning at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. He holds an undergraduate degree from DePaul University.

  • Bethany O’Neill

    Bethany O’Neill

    Bethany O’Neill is the Director of Operations and Finance 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.

  • Camille Watson

    Camille Watson is the Policy Director at the NYU Furman Center. Previously, she held policy and research positions focused on improving the social, economic, and environmental conditions that impact population health. At the American Academy of Pediatrics, she led policy initiatives on social determinants of child health, including poverty, housing insecurity, and homelessness. Prior to that, she worked at Health Care For All (MA), promoting policy reforms and collaborations across government sectors, to reduce health disparities. Camille has also managed community-based research in public housing developments. She earned her Master’s degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health. 

  • Mark Willis

    Mark Willis

    Mark Willis is the Senior Policy Fellow at the NYU Furman Center, conducting research, writing, and speaking on such urban-related policy issues as affordable housing, housing finance reform, community development lending and investment, and the Community Reinvestment Act. Before joining the NYU Furman 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, 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 taught Housing and Community Development Policy at New York University’s Law and Wagner Schools. He co-chairs the Economic Development and Housing Committee of the Citizens Budget Commission, chairs the Program Planning Committee of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and serves as a Board Member of the National Housing Conference, National Community Investment Fund, and a number of other boards involved with housing and community development. 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.

  • Wei You

    Wei You

    Wei You is a Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. His research interests focus on migration, transportation, and urban economics. His work includes using archival data to quantitatively analyze historical cities and using spatial equilibrium models to evaluate contemporary migration policies. He completed his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics at Renmin University of China, M.A. in Economics at Peking University, and his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, San Diego in 2017. 

  • Ken Zimmerman

    Ken Zimmerman

    Ken Zimmerman is a Distinguished Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Ken’s research examines new forms of social advocacy and policy development in the urban environment, with a special focus on evolving mechanisms for civic engagement and innovative approaches to address growing inequality. Ken, a noted policy maker, fair housing expert, and civil rights attorney, has devoted his career to justice and equality issues. Prior to joining the NYU Furman Center, Ken served as the Director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Foundations, where he oversaw the annual dissemination of over $100 million in grants to organizations focused on equality, fairness, and justice. Before joining Open Society Foundations, he served as part of the Obama Administration’s presidential transition team for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and served as senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Previously, he was a litigation partner for the pro bono practice group at Lowenstein Sandler PC, chief counsel to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, and founding Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice. Early in his career, Ken served as a Senior Trial Attorney, then Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs, in HUD’s Office of Fair Housing. He also served as a Skadden Legal Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County, California, and at the Washington D.C. Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Ken graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University in 1982 and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, also graduating magna cum laude, in 1988.