Our Team

  • Jaclene Begley

    Jaclene Begley

    Jaclene Begley is an economist in the Economic and Strategic Research Group at Fannie Mae. Her research focuses on housing affordability, homeownership, mortgages, and older adults’ housing decisions. 

  • Sarah Cordes

    Sarah Cordes

    Sarah Cordes is an Assistant Professor of School Leadership at Temple University. Dr. Cordes' research and teaching interests are in the areas of education and urban policy, school finance, and applied quantitative methods. Her research focuses on the ways in which the urban context, including neighborhoods, housing, and charter schools, affect student outcomes. In particular, her current work explores the spillover effects of NYC charter schools on nearby public school students, the effects of residential and school mobility on student performance, and how changes in school resources influence parents' investments in their children's education.

  • Samuel Dastrup

    Samuel Dastrup

    Samuel Dastrup is a Senior Analyst at Abt Associates. He is an experienced applied micro-economist with a demonstrated ability of rigorous but practical empirical research and evaluation

  • Jorge De la Roca

    Jorge De la Roca

    Jorge De la Roca is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public of Policy and Research Director at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. His fields of interest include urban economics, labor economics and economic geography. His research studies agglomeration economies, urban inequality, skill sorting and migration across cities of different sizes. De la Roca also studies the consequences and underlying mechanisms of racial residential segregation on minorities.

  • Adam Gordon

    Adam Gordon

    Adam Gordon is the Associate Director at the Fair Share Housing Center. He joined the organization as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in 2006. In his work with FSHC, Gordon has litigated at the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division and worked on state and federal policy issues including very-low-income housing in high opportunity communities, Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocation, and statewide fair share allocation. 

  • Andrew Hayashi

    Andrew Hayashi

    Andrew Hayashi is an expert in tax law, tax policy and behavioral law and economics. He joined the University of Virginia School of Law's faculty in July 2013.

  • Keren Horn

    Keren Horn

    Keren Mertens Horn is an Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts Boston. Horn’s research seeks to inform policies that will help cities become places of opportunity for people at both ends of the socio-economic spectrum. 

  • John Infranca

    John Infranca

    John Infranca is an Associate Professor of Law at the Suffolk University Law School. Professor Infranca 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.

  • Sarah Internicola

    Sarah is a housing policy and budget analyst on the Housing, Environment, and Infrastructure team at the New York City Independent Budget Office. Prior to joining IBO in November 2023, she attended NYU Wagner, where she focused on housing and community development. During her studies, she worked in research roles at the NYU Furman Center and the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development. Sarah earned her B.A. in Urban and Public Policy Studies from SUNY at Buffalo, and her Master of Urban Planning at NYU Wagner.

  • Nicholas Kelly

    Researcher, policymaker, and advocate working on public policy and housing policy, with a particular focus on fair housing and urban politics.

  • Mike Lens

    Mike Lens

    Michael Lens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles as well as the Associate Faculty Director of the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. Professor Lens’ work fulfills gaps in the literature that evaluates the potential for housing policy to reduce this separation by focusing on neighborhood safety and access to jobs. 

  • Brian McCabe

    Brian McCabe

    Brian J. McCabe is Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He holds secondary appointments an adjunct instructor in the Regional and Urban Planning program at the School of Continuing Studies; a core faculty member in the program on Justice and Peace Studies; an affiliated faculty member in the Department of African-American Studies; and an affiliated faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy.

  • Simon McDonnell

    Simon McDonnell

    Simon McDonnell is the Director of Research and Strategic Analysis at New York State Homes and Community Renewal. He has over a dozen years of public policy project management, research, and quantitative experience exploring how resilience, sustainability, and the urban environment are impacted by policymaking in the transportation, land use, and housing realms.

  • Rachel Meltzer

    Rachel Meltzer

    Rachel Meltzer is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Chair of the Public and Urban Policy M.S. degree at the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment at The New School. Her research is broadly concerned with urban economies and how market and policy forces can shape disparate outcomes across neighborhoods.  She focuses on issues related to housing, land use, economic development and local public finance. 

  • Vincent Reina

    Vincent Reina

    Vincent Reina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.  His research focuses on urban economics, low-income housing policy, household mobility,  neighborhood change, and community and economic development. Reina's work has been published in various academic journals, such as Urban StudiesHousing Policy Debate, and Journal of Housing Economics.

  • David Reiss

    David Reiss

    Brooklyn Law School Professor David Reiss concentrates his study and practice in real estate issues and community development. He was most recently a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor at the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice. Previously, he was an associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in its Real Estate Department and an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco 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. 

  • Justin Steil

    Justin Steil

    Justin Steil is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
    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. 

  • Nicole Summers

    Nicole Summers

    Nicole Summers is a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Law School Legal Services Center. Previously, Nicole was a Legal Fellow at the NYU Furman Center, where she conducted academic and policy research on housing law issues, and a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders and Northeast Justice Center, where she represented low-income tenants and former homeowners in eviction proceedings.

  • Betty Wang

    Betty Wang

    Betty X. Wang is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong Business School. Her research interests include urban economics, housing policy and real estate economics. Her research focuses on understanding the consequences of various housing and land use policies, ranging from affordable housing policies, land subsidies to zoning regulations. She also has a strand of research that focuses on more theoretical side of housing markets and agglomeration economies.

    Dr. Wang has a PhD in Applied Economics at the Wharton School from UPenn and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University in St Louis. Prior to HKU, she worked as a Research Scholar at the New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.