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Vanessa G. Perry
Nonresident Fellow
Housing Finance Policy Center
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 associate dean for faculty and research 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. Her recent work includes the 2020 State of Housing in Black America report sponsored by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers and the award-winning article and documentary film “Dog Parks and Coffee Shops: Faux-Diversity and Consumption in Gentrifying Neighborhoods,” coauthored with Sonya Grier.

Perry 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 and has been a consultant to numerous public and private sector clients, including the Federal Housing Administration, the Small Business Administration, Bank of America, the National Association of Realtors, and FICO. Perry has a BA in philosophy from 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