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Solomon Greene
Senior Fellow
Former employee

Solomon Greene is a senior fellow in the Research to Action Lab and the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. His research focuses on fair and affordable housing, how land-use laws and housing policy can improve access to opportunity, and how data and technology can support inclusive urban development.

Before joining Urban, Greene was a senior adviser at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he helped develop federal policies to reduce segregation and expand neighborhood choice. He was also HUD’s principal adviser on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, Greene was a senior program officer at the Open Society Foundations, where he managed grants and programs on affordable housing, community development, and fair access to credit. He launched and led the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, the first and largest philanthropic initiative to address the impacts of the foreclosure crisis on low-income communities.

Greene was an adjunct professor at NYU Wagner, a law fellow at NYU Furman, a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson, and a law clerk on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. More recently, he was a volunteer member of the agency review team for HUD for the Biden-Harris presidential transition. Greene serves on the board of directors for the National Housing Law Project, the American Bar Association COVID-19 Task Force Committee on Evictions, and the advisory board for Up for Growth.

Greene received his BA from Stanford University, his MCP from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from Yale Law School.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Wealth and financial well-being
Global issues
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Social safety net
Race and equity
Land use
Inequality and mobility
Community and economic development
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial barriers to housing
Racial inequities in economic mobility
International development and governance