Ellen Seidman

Ellen Seidman

Senior fellow

Helping policymakers understand the likely impact of proposals and ideas can only make this a better world.


Ellen Seidman is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, focusing on housing finance and community development. She has also been a research fellow at the Filene Research Institute since 2011 and was a visiting scholar with the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 2012 and 2013.

From 2002 through 2010, Seidman held various positions at ShoreBank Corporation and its affiliates. From 1997 through 2001, she was the director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, and concurrently served on the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and as chair of the board for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. Seidman has also served as senior counsel to the Democratic Staff, House Financial Services Committee (2001–02); been special assistant to the president for economic policy (1993–97); and held senior positions at Fannie Mae, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Transportation.

Seidman chairs the board of the Community Development Financial Institutions Assessment and Ratings System, founded and serves on the board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, and is a board member of Coastal Enterprises Inc., City First Bank of DC, and the CDFI Assessment and Ratings System. In 2012, Seidman was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is the 2013–14 NYU Stern-Citi Leadership & Ethics Distinguished Fellow.

Seidman received her AB from Radcliffe College, her MBA in finance and investments from the George Washington University, and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.


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