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, CA.

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 the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” 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 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.

Nancy Andrews

Treasurer

Until 2018, Nancy Andrews was the president and chief executive officer of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), a community development financial institution.  Andrews served 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, Rail~Volution, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. She was also a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Andrews’s 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.  Andrews also consulted for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration. She received an M.S. in Urban Planning with a concentration in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University.

Richard Edwards

Board Member

Richard Edwards is a product counsel at Google LLC. His law practice currently focuses on supporting Google’s development and production of hardware products and related services and technologies.

Before joining Google, Edwards was a senior counsel at Apple Inc. for more than a decade, where he supported the development and production of its hardware products. He was principal legal adviser for Apple’s supplier responsibility and environmental programs, which included Apple’s initiatives to improve working conditions in its supply chain, remove toxic substances from its products and manufacturing processes, and improve the environmental sustainability of its operations. Before Apple, Edwards was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, where he advised early-stage companies on a broad range of issues including business strategy, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property matters. His pro bono and volunteer activities have focused on representing domestic violence survivors, recent immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, formerly incarcerated persons, and LGBTQ individuals, including in asylum proceedings and family law matters. He received the Father Cuchulain Moriarty Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area for his extraordinary contributions to its asylum program. Edwards has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

David Erickson

Board Member

David J. Erickson is senior vice president and head of Outreach and Education at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His areas of research include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development, and institutional changes that benefit low-income communities. Erickson has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on economic history and public policy. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

Erickson has been a leader in the collaboration between the Federal Reserve and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in bringing the health sector together with community development. To date, this collaboration has resulted in 52 conferences and numerous publications, including a cluster of articles in Health Affairs in November, 2011. His book on the history of community development, The Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods, was published in 2009 by the Urban Institute Press. He also co-edited Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose (2012); What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities (2014); What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Futures of Families, Communities and the Nation (2015); and What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities (2017).

Willow Lung-Amam

Board Member

Willow Lung-Amam is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  Her scholarship focuses on how urban policies and plans contribute to and can address social inequality, particularly in neighborhoods undergoing rapid racial and economic change. She has written extensively on immigrant suburbanization, equitable development, gentrification, suburban poverty, and geographies of opportunity. Lung-Amam is the author of Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia (University of California Press, 2017). Her research has appeared in various journals, such as the Journal of Urban Affairs and Journal of Planning, Education and Research, and popular media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Atlantic’s CityLab.

Lung-Amam serves as director of community development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. She is also affiliate faculty at American University’s Metropolitan Policy Center and at the University of Maryland’s Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, the Department of American Studies, the programs in Historic Preservation and Asian American Studies, and at the Maryland Population Research Center.  She is a recent Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar and former Ford Postdoctoral Fellow.

Lung-Amam holds a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.C.P. in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.

Demetria McCain

Board Member

Demetria McCain has been with the Inclusive Communities Project (ICP) since its inception and presently serves as its president where she oversees operations and engages in advocacy efforts that further ICP’s fair housing mission. ICP works for the creation and maintenance of thriving racially and economically inclusive communities, expansion of fair and affordable housing opportunities for low-income families, and redress for policies and practices that perpetuate the harmful effects of discrimination and segregation. Conceived of by McCain, ICP’s “Voices for Opportunity” initiative provides advocacy training for low-income renters and neighborhood groups fighting for fair housing and neighborhood equity. Prior to becoming president, she supervised ICP’s Mobility Assistance Program, a housing mobility counseling program that has operated since 2005 and assisted over 4,000 moves for housing choice voucher families seeking safe, well-resourced, low poverty, historically off-limits neighborhoods where they believe their families can best thrive.

McCain is the recipient of the 2015 Texas Houser Award and a sought after panelist and commenter on issues relating to affordable fair housing. Previously, McCain worked as staff attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, DC and as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and staff attorney at NHLP. She is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, New York University, and Brooklyn College. McCain engages in a number of local volunteer activities in her Dallas hometown through her church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Chantel Rush

Board Member

Chantel M. Rush is a senior program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program. Her grantmaking portfolio includes funding efforts to seed and scale innovative community development practices aimed at improving the lives of people with low incomes in America’s cities. Her grantmaking work supports pioneering research, thought leadership and convenings to expand urban policymaking and practice. She also stewards the foundation’s place-based work in Memphis, TN. Rush joined the foundation in 2015, working as a special assistant to the president and CEO.

Before joining Kresge, she served as senior analyst of global strategy and business development at Gap Inc. She started her career in management consulting, where her responsibilities included advising both corporate and private equity clients.  A native of Orange County, CA, Rush earned bachelor’s degrees in international relations and Spanish language from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Barbara Sard

Board Member

Barbara Sard worked at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (the Center) for most of 22 years.  She was the Center’s director from 1997 to 2009, after which she worked for 18 months as as senior advisor on rental assistance to US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan. She then returned to the Center where she was vice president for housing policy from 2011 to 2019. She has written extensively on welfare, homelessness, and housing issues and is considered a leading expert on the housing voucher program, rental assistance, and issues concerning the intersection of housing and welfare policy.

Prior to working at the Center, she was the senior managing attorney of the Housing Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, where she worked for more than 19 years. Sard has a B.A. in Social Studies from Radcliffe College/Harvard University and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School.

Gerd Welke

Gerd Welke

Board Member

Gerd Welke is the CBA Professor of Real Estate Analytics in the Finance, Real Estate, and Law Department at Cal Poly Pomona. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University in 1990, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Real Estate Finance in 2006. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on real estate startup companies, consulted on the valuation of financial instruments, and appeared as an expert witness on real estate capital markets in FINRA arbitration cases.

He is the executive director of the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California and a board member of the CSU RESIG program. His publications include “Just-in-Time Monte Carlo for Path-Dependent American Options,” Journal of Derivatives, 15(4), Summer 2008 co-authored with S.K. Dutt, and “Estimating Property Values by Replication: An Alternative to the Traditional Grid and Regression Methods,” Journal of Real Estate Research, 30:4, 2008, co-authored with T.Y. Lai and K. Vandell and K. Wang.