Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center Adds Three New Fellows

April 15, 2021 – The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center (HFPC) is pleased to announce three new nonresident fellows: David Brickman, executive chairman of Meridian Capital Group; Vanessa Perry, professor and associate dean for faculty and research at the George Washington School of Business; and Michael Stegman, a visiting professor at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy and distinguished professor emeritus and founding chair of the department of public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brickman, Perry, and Stegman round out HFPC’s current team of fellows: Jim Parrott, Ellen Seidman, and Jun Zhu.

“Our fellows bring an incredible wealth of expertise to HFPC,” said associate vice president Janneke Ratcliffe. “We are so excited to work with David, Vanessa, and Michael to bring evidence-driven insights to bear as policymakers and practitioners grapple with how to build a more equitable mortgage finance system.

Background

David Brickman

David Brickman was recently named executive chairman of Meridian Capital Group, a leading commercial real estate services firm. He was also named as a senior advisor to Stone Point Capital, a leading private equity firm in the real estate and financial services arenas. Until January of this year, Brickman was chief executive officer of Freddie Mac, one of the largest providers of mortgage financing in the US; before that he was Freddie Mac’s president. He also served as a member of the company’s board of directors. During his tenure, he led the 2+ trillion-dollar company through a period of significant growth, change, and disruption as the company successfully navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

Vanessa G. Perry

Vanessa G. Perry is a professor and associate dean for faculty and research at the George Washington School of Business. Her research focuses on consumers in housing and financial markets, marketplace discrimination, and public policy interventions, and she has published extensively in scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets. Professor 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 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.

Michael Stegman

Michael Stegman is a visiting professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and distinguished professor emeritus and founding chair of the department of public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, he was senior policy advisor for housing in the Obama White House at the National Economic Council, after serving three years as counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury for housing finance policy. As a top housing policy advisor, Stegman coordinated administration policies on housing finance reform, access to credit, and other housing issues. Previously, he served as assistant secretary for policy development and research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Clinton administration and was deputy assistant secretary for research at HUD under President Jimmy Carter.

The Housing Finance Policy Center was founded in the wake of the Great Recession to bring evidence to bear on debates about the future of the US housing market. Staffed by nationally recognized experts and cited widely by policymakers and experts across the ideological spectrum, the center has become an indispensable source for credible research and commentary on many issues affecting access to credit, homeownership, and affordable housing.

For more information on the new fellows and their work, see their bios on the HFPC staff page here.

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