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Laurie Goodman
Expert

Laurie Goodman

Codirector, Housing Finance Policy Center

Too many decisions in Washington, DC, are made on ideological grounds, without regard to the data. The opportunity to found the Housing Finance Policy Center at Urban, doing data-driven analysis of public policy issues, was too important to pass up.

Biography

Laurie Goodman is codirector of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. The center provides policymakers with data-driven analyses of housing finance policy issues they can depend on for relevance, accuracy, and independence. Before joining Urban in 2013, Goodman spent 30 years as an analyst and research department manager at several Wall Street firms. From 2008 to 2013, she was a senior managing director at Amherst Securities Group LP, a boutique broker-dealer specializing in securitized products, where her strategy effort became known for its analysis of housing policy issues. From 1993 to 2008, Goodman was head of global fixed income research and manager of US securitized products research at UBS and predecessor firms, which were ranked first by Institutional Investor for 11 straight years. Before that, she was a senior fixed income analyst, a mortgage portfolio manager, and a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Goodman was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Hall of Fame in 2009.

Goodman serves on the board of directors of the real estate investment trust MFA Financial, is an adviser to Amherst Capital Management, and is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Financial Advisory Roundtable, and Fannie Mae’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council. She has published more than 200 journal articles and has coauthored and coedited five books.

Goodman has a BA in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and PhD in economics from Stanford University.