Michelle Anderson Board Chair

Michelle Wilde Anderson

Board Chair

Michelle Wilde Anderson is a scholar of state and local government law. Her work combines legal analysis, empirical research, and humanistic reporting to understand concentrated poverty and municipal fiscal distress. Her recent publications explore restructuring (such as bankruptcy, disincorporation, and receiverships) in cities and counties facing chronic poverty related to deindustrialization. These issues affect not only Rust Belt capitals such as Detroit, but also post-industrial cities in California, rural counties in the West and South, and small towns across the country. She is currently writing a book about what we need most from local governments in America’s high-poverty, post-industrial areas.

Prior to joining Stanford Law School in 2014, Anderson was an assistant professor of law at the University of California Berkeley Law School. She has been a research fellow at the European Commission’s Urban Policy Unit in Brussels and an environmental law fellow at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger. She clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Her publications include: “Ben Carson Should Approach HUD the Way He Did Medicine: First Do No Harm,” Los Angeles Times (2017) (with Shamus Roller); “Needing and Fearing Billionaires in Cities Abandoned by Wealth,” Yale Law & Policy Report (2016); “Puerto Rico’s Desperate Winter,” New York Times (2015); “The New Minimal Cities,” Yale Law Journal (2014); “Detroit: What a City Owes its Residents,” Los Angeles Times (2013); “Making a Regional School District: Memphis City Schools Dissolves into its Suburbs,” Columbia Law Review Sidebar (2012); and “Dissolving Cities,” Yale Law Journal (2012).

Anderson is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Law Project in Oakland, California.

Solomon Greene

Solomon Greene

Vice Chair

Solomon Greene is a senior fellow in the Policy Advisory Group and the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His research focuses on how land-use and housing policy can improve access to opportunity for vulnerable groups and how data and technology can support more inclusive urban development.

Before joining Urban, Greene was a senior adviser at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he helped develop a new federal regulation to reduce residential segregation and promote regional housing opportunities. He was also HUD’s principal adviser on the United Nations process for setting global sustainable development goals. Before that, Greene was a senior program officer at the Open Society Foundations, where he managed the foundation’s grants and programs on affordable housing, community development, and fair access to credit. He also launched and led the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, the nation’s first and largest philanthropic initiative to address the impacts of the foreclosure crisis on low-income communities.

Greene has been a law fellow at NYU Furman Center, an adjunct professor at NYU Wagner, a law clerk for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Greene serves on the board of the National Housing Law Project and has served on the board of the Neighborhood Funders Group.

Greene received his BA from Stanford University, his MCP from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from Yale Law School.

John Relman

John P. Relman

Board Member

Mr. Relman is the founder and director of Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC.  Mr. Relman has represented scores of plaintiffs and public interest organizations in individual and class action discrimination cases in federal court.

Prior to the formation of the firm, Mr. Relman served as project director of the Fair Housing Project at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.  Under his leadership the project achieved national recognition, winning some of the largest housing, lending, and public accommodations discrimination jury verdicts and settlements obtained in the country.  Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Mr. Relman worked as a staff attorney at the National Office of the Lawyers’ Committee.

Mr. Relman has written and lectured extensively in the areas of fair housing and fair lending law and practice and has provided numerous training classes and seminars for plaintiffs’ lawyers, fair housing organizations, the real estate industry, and lending institutions.  He is the author of Housing Discrimination Practice Manual, published by the West Group.

Mr. Relman teaches public interest law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he serves as an adjunct professor.

Mr. Relman’s better-known cases include:

  • Timus v. William J. Davis, Inc. ($2.4 million jury verdict for housing discrimination against families with children);
  • Dyson v. Denny’s Restaurants ($17.725 million class settlement for racial discrimination against customers);
  • Pugh v. Avis Rent-A-Car ($5.4 class settlement for racial discrimination in the rental of cars);
  • Gilliam v. Adam’s Mark Hotels ($2.1 million class settlement for racial discrimination against guests); and
  • Kennedy v. City of Zanesville ($10.8 million race discrimination jury verdict).

Mr. Relman has received numerous awards and honors, including the Mildred & Richard Loving Civil Rights Award, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission for Commitment and Support to Equal Opportunity in Housing, the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington for Outstanding Contributions to Fair Housing in Greater Washington, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council for Outstanding Contributions to Fair Housing in the Nation, and the Government of Montgomery County, Maryland for Valuable Contributions to Fair and Affordable Housing.  Mr. Relman was named one of the best lawyers in America in 2007 and one of the best civil rights lawyers in Washington, D.C. by Washingtonian Magazine.

Nancy Andrews

Ms. Andrews is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), a Community Development Financial Institution. Ms. Andrews serves on numerous community development and environmental boards and committees, including Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council, Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Committee, Capital One’s Community Advisory Council, the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, the National Housing Law Project, Rail~Volution and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. She was also previously a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Ms. Andrews’ 30 years in community development include positions as Deputy Director of the Ford Foundation’s Office of Program Related Investments and Chief Financial Officer of the International Water Management Institute, a World Bank-supported development organization. Ms. Andrews also consulted for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Treasury during the Clinton administration. She received an M.S. in Urban Planning with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University.

Bob Pearman

Robert C. Pearman Jr.

Board Member
Robert C. Pearman, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of transactional, real estate, public works, finance, transportation, and related litigation. He has provided real estate opinions to mortgage trust indenture financings to utilities; advised on dozens of agreements with utilities (gas, electric, water, telephone, cable) regarding construction, relocation, property crossings and rights of access; extensive documentation of construction agreements; and experience in the areas of easements, leases, and real property due diligence.
He has represented private entities and institutional owners in a wide range of real estate related transactions.  Mr. Pearman’s public works practice includes representation of public entities, such as the Los Angeles Metro Rail system, in design/build, joint development and rights-of-way; negotiation of agreements with utilities regarding construction, relocation, property crossings and rights of access; expertise in disadvantaged business enterprise and jobs preference programs; municipality franchise issues; and redevelopment agency disposition agreements and ground leases.
He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Housing Law Project, and a member of the state of California Architects Board.  He is a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and is on the State of California Public Works Contract Arbitration Panel and Caltrans Disputes Resolution Board. Mr. Pearman earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Fred Fields

A graduate of Dartmouth and Stanford Law School, Fred has served as an early neutral evaluator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, he was a Judge Pro Tem of the San Francisco Superior Court, and a Special Master for the Superior Court of California.  He served as a member for the Civil Grand Jury for the City of San Francisco, and as a lawyer has received numerous awards for his pro bono work and has been recognized by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area for providing outstanding representation to low-income families through his involvement in the Legal Services Project.   Fred led the pro bono work at the firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass, which was awarded the “California State Bar President’s 2010 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year,” and he has been honored for his public service by The Bar Association of San Francisco.  Most recently Fred was commended for his work with The Justice and Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco which provides pro bono legal services to low-income San Francisco residents and nonprofit organizations.  In retirement Fred volunteers as a member of the board of Lincoln Memorial University in addition to his work with NHLP.

Shel Schreiberg

Board Member

Mr. Schreiberg has an extensive knowledge of real estate and finance related to affordable housing. Since 1980, Mr. Schreiberg has been responsible for the development and finance of over a billion dollars of multifamily and healthcare properties.

Mr. Schreiberg currently serves as special counsel in Washington D.C. to the firm Lobel, Novins and Lamont, LLP. Previously, he was Senior Partner with Pepper Hamilton, LLP, and was the founder and chair of their Affordable Housing and Community Development Practice Group. In his current capacity, Mr. Schreiberg assists an eclectic range of clients with the planning, negotiation, documentation and closing of property transactions.  His areas of practice include affordable housing and community development, the Community Reinvestment Act, financial services, nonprofit foundations, and real estate.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Schreiberg has been active in federal government. He first served as a staff member for Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and then again as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Schreiberg has also served as counsel to the Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing and Community Development of the U.S. House of Representatives where he was the principal draftsman of housing legislation.

Additionally, Mr. Schreiberg has served as counsel to and a member of the National Housing Preservation Task Force, and counsel to the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. He is a director of the National Leased Housing Association, trustee of the National Housing Conference, counsel to the Pennsylvania Affordable Housing Corporation, a member of the Advisory Council of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a board member at Cinnaire, a full-service community development financial partner.

Mr. Schreiberg is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota, and earned his Master’s in Public Administration at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Gerd Welke

Gerd Welke

Board Member

Most recent publications:

  •  “Just-in-Time Monte Carlo for Path-Dependent American Options,” Journal of Derivatives, 15(4), Summer 2008, pp. 29-47, co-authored with S.K. Dutt.
  • “Estimating Property Values by Replication: An Alternative to the Traditional Grid and Regression Methods,” Journal of Real Estate Research, 30:4, 2008, pp. 441-460, co-authored with T.Y. Lai and K. Vandell and K. Wang.