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Vanessa G. Perry
Nonresident Fellow
Housing Finance Policy Center
  • Profile
  • Outside Affiliations
  • I am delighted to be a part of the Urban Institute’s efforts to advance an agenda of economic and social equality.

    Vanessa Gail Perry is a professor and interim vice dean at the George Washington University School of Business. Her research is focused on consumers in housing and financial markets, marketplace discrimination, and public policy interventions, and she has been published extensively in scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets. 

    Perry previously served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and as an expert at the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She also served for several years as a senior economist at Freddie Mac. In her capacity as president of the Rice Coleman Ross Group, she has been a consultant to numerous public and private sector clients. Perry has a BA from the American University, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Research Areas
    Wealth and financial well-being
    Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
    Race and equity
    Housing finance

    Outside Affiliations
    The George Washington University School of Business
    Professor and various departmental roles
    The Rice Coleman Ross Group (variety of clients)
    President - consulting, research and litigation support for housing policy-related issues for govt and private clients

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