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Laurie Goodman
Expert

Laurie Goodman

Vice President, Housing Finance Policy

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 vice president for housing policy and codirects the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. The center provides policymakers with data-driven analyses of housing finance policy issues that they can depend on for relevance, accuracy, and independence. Before joining Urban, 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 held research and portfolio management positions at several Wall Street firms, and she began her career as 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 MFA Financial, is an adviser to Amherst Capital Management, and is a member of Morningstar Credit Ratings Regulatory Governance Board and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Financial Advisory Roundtable. 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 AM and PhD in economics from Stanford University.