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Michael Neal
Senior Fellow
Housing Finance Policy Center
Office of Race and Equity Research
  • Profile
  • Outside Affiliations
  • Michael Neal is a senior fellow in the Housing Finance Policy Center and a former equity scholar at the Urban Institute. Previously, he worked at Fannie Mae, where he was a director of economics in the Economic and Strategic Research Group. Before his service at Fannie Mae, Neal was the assistant vice president at the National Association of Home Builders Economic and Housing Policy department. As a housing economist, Neal has an in-depth knowledge of housing market trends and has provided expert analysis and commentary on housing to media outlets around the country. Previously, he worked at Congress’s Joint Economic Committee, the Federal Reserve System, the Congressional Budget Office, and Goldman Sachs. Neal has a bachelor's degree in economics from Morehouse College and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Neal is a member of the Homeownership Working Group for Project REACh, serves on the advisory board for the Ashoka-Brookings Challenge, and works an independent consultant for AlphaSights.

    Research Areas
    Housing finance
    Climate change, disasters, and community resilience
    Housing Finance at a Glance: A Monthly Chartbook

    Outside Affiliations
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency - Project REACh
    Member of Affordable Homeownership Workstream, Appraisal subgroup
    National Housing Conference
    Member, Racial Equity Working Group

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