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Rolf Pendall
Expert

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 metropolitan growth trends; land-use planning and regulation; demographic change; federal, state, and local affordable housing policy and programs; and racial residential segregation and the concentration of poverty. He directs the Urban Institute's Mapping America’s Futures project, a platform for exploring the local implications of future demographic change. Other recent projects include Urban’s evaluation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods demonstration, a HUD-funded research study on the importance of cars to Housing Choice voucher users, and long-standing membership in the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. From 1998 until 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.

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