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 chairs the boards of Coastal Enterprises Inc. and Aeris Insight and 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 2016, Seidman served on the inaugural Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. From 2012 to 2014, she was a visiting scholar at 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 NeighborWorks America. Seidman was senior counsel to the Democratic staff of the House Financial Services Committee, was 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, an MBA from the George Washington University, and a JD from Georgetown University.


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