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 in the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She sits on the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and chairs the boards of Coastal Enterprises Inc. and Aeris Insight. Seidman also sits on the board of City First Bank of DC and on the National Community Advisory Council of Bank of America. She cofounded and sat on the board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation and was the 2013–14 New York University Stern–Citi Leadership and Ethics Distinguished Fellow.

From 2012, to 2014, Seidman was a visiting scholar with the community development department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, where she edited Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, and What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation.

From 2002 to 2010, Seidman held various positions at ShoreBank Corporation, and from 1997 to 2001, she directed the Office of Thrift Supervision. She also sat on the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and chaired the board of directors for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. Seidman was senior counsel to the Democratic staff of the House Financial Services Committee, special assistant to the president for economic policy, and held senior positions at Fannie Mae and the US departments of Transportation and the Treasury.

Seidman received an AB from Radcliffe College, her MBA from George Washington University, and her JD from Georgetown University.


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