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.

Nancy Andrews

Until 2018, Ms. Andrews was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), a Community Development Financial Institution. Ms. 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, 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.

Willow Lung-Amam

Board Member

Willow Lung-Amam is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland in the 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. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

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 also supports pioneering research, thought leadership and convenings to expand urban policymaking and practice. She also stewards the foundation’s place-based work in Memphis, Tennessee.

Chantel joined the foundation in 2015, working as a special assistant to Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson.

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, California, Chantel 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.

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.

Gerd Welke

Gerd Welke

Board Member

Gerd Welke is a professor at Cal Poly Pomona in the College of Business Administration.  His expertise is in real estate finance, market analysis and land development.

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.