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Rolf Pendall
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Rolf Pendall

Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Biography

Rolf Pendall is director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. In this role, he leads a team of over 40 experts on a broad array of housing, community development, and economic development topics, consistent with Urban’s nonpartisan, evidence-based approach to economic and social policy.

Pendall’s research expertise includes federal, state, and local affordable housing policy and programs; land-use planning and regulation; metropolitan growth patterns; and racial residential segregation and the concentration of poverty. He currently leads Urban’s evaluation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods demonstration; a HUD-funded research study on the transportation needs of housing choice voucher users; and a project funded by Living Cities to understand the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which coordinates activities among HUD, the US Department of Transportation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Other ongoing projects include work on regional governance, transportation, and residential neighborhoods within the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Building Resilient Regions; and research supporting the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission.

Between 1998 and mid-2010, Pendall was a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, where he taught courses and conducted research on land-use planning, growth management, and affordable housing. In 2007, Pendall was appointed to a National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board panel on links between land use, transportation, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions; the committee’s report, Driving and the Built Environment, was released in September 2009.

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