Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Ellen Seidman is a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, focusing on housing finance and community development. During 2012 and 2013, she has been a visiting scholar with the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and has been a Research Fellow of the Filene Research Institute since 2011. In 2012, she was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is the 2013-2014 NYU Stern-Citi Leadership & Ethics Distinguished Fellow, and is a research fellow at the Filene Research Institute. From 1997 through 2001, she was the Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, the federal regulator of the savings and loan industry, and concurrently served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and as Chair of the Board for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. From 2002 through 2010, Ms. Seidman held various positions at ShoreBank Corporation and its affiliates. From 2007 to 2010, she was a scholar in the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Ms. Seidman has also been Senior Counsel to the Democratic Staff, House Financial Services Committee (2001-02), Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy (1993-1997), and has held senior positions at Fannie Mae, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Transportation. She was a founder of and serves on the board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation and is a member of several other boards, including Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI), City First Bank of DC and the CDFI Assessment and Ratings System (CARS). Ms. Seidman received her M.B.A. in Finance and Investments from George Washington University, her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and her A.B. from Radcliffe College.
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