Gideon Berger is senior policy program manager for the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center, where he supports the center’s research, programming, development and execution of strategic initiatives and manages its Housing Finance Innovation Forum.
Berger is an urban planner with more than 15 years of multisector program and policy experience working with communities on housing and economic development initiatives. He also brings a public affairs and communication background from his early career as a journalist. He spent nine years as land-use fellowship director for the Rose Center for Public Leadership, a technical assistance program jointly operated by the Urban Land Institute and National League of Cities (NLC) that advised 36 large US cities on interdisciplinary, multisector, highly politicized urban development challenges. At NLC, he served as housing program director, where he oversaw a task force of elected officials from 19 cities and helped author the report Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing. His experience in urban planning includes working in local government for Arlington County, Virginia, and the City and County of Denver; for a transit agency at Denver's Regional Transportation District; as a consultant with Fehr & Peers; teaching planning studio at the University of Colorado Denver; and as an economic development researcher for the Center City District in Philadelphia.
Gideon holds a master of city planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a BA in communications from American University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners of the American Planning Association.