Housing Solutions Lab
Helping cities plan, launch, and evaluate equitable housing policies
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Martha Galvez is the Executive Director of the Housing Solutions Lab. Her expertise is in housing and homelessness policy, with a focus on policies and programs that strengthen housing stability and neighborhood choice for low-income families. She has experience in mixed-methods research, and has designed and led studies involving complex administrative, survey, and qualitative data. Prior to joining the Lab, she was a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute. She has also held policy and research positions in several state and local research organizations, including the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Research and Data Analysis division, the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington, the Seattle Housing Authority, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, and the New York City Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Galvez earned an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning and PhD in public policy and administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Camille Watson is Director of Strategy and Policy, leading the Lab’s strategic direction and cross-sector policy initiatives. She is interested in the intersection of health, neighborhoods and housing. Prior to joining the Furman Center, she led policy projects on social determinants of child health at the American Academy of Pediatrics, with a focus on poverty and inequality. At Health Care for All (MA), she advocated for cross-sector policy reforms and investments to reduce health disparities. She has also managed community-based research in public housing developments. She earned her Master’s degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health.
Sophie House is the Deputy Director for Policy at the Housing Solutions Lab. Before joining the Lab, Sophie was a Legal Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew D. Hurwitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she worked with local government attorneys through the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project and represented low-income clients in housing proceedings at the Urban Justice Center and New Haven Legal Assistance. She holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University and an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford. Sophie’s research focuses on how cities approach challenges related to housing instability, homelessness, and the use of public space.
Carl Hedman is a Housing Solutions Lab Policy Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center. Before joining Furman, Carl served as a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow at City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, where he supported efforts to expand the City’s low-cost rental housing acquisition program. Prior to that, he worked as a research analyst at the Urban Institute on a series of mixed-method research projects exploring policy issues related to racial segregation, housing affordability, economic development, and consumer protection. Carl received a B.A. in economics from Reed College and Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on how cities advance racial equity in housing and increase the supply of housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income households.
Ruben Anguiano is a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center and Housing Solutions Lab. He recently graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Urban Studies and an M.A. in Sociology. During his undergraduate studies, he was a research assistant for the Changing Cities Research Lab at Stanford, interned at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and was an academy fellow for the Policy Academies. He is interested in neighborhood change, housing justice, and housing policy’s impact on low-income communities of color.
Ellie Lochhead is a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center and the Housing Solutions Lab. She received an M.S. in Economics and Urban Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Denver. Her research interests include urban economics and housing policy with a particular focus on issues of housing stability, rent burden, eviction, and homelessness.
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 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.
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