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Guest Speaker Biographies - Eric S. Belsky

Last Updated: February 21, 2008

Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The Center is a collaborative venture of the Graduate School of Design and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Center conducts research on the nation’s most critical housing and urban issues.

Prior to his Harvard appointments, Dr. Belsky led the Housing Finance and Credit Analysis Group at Price Waterhouse LLP. He has also held the positions of Director of Housing Finance Research at Fannie Mae, Senior Economist at the National Association of Home Builders, and Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Dr. Belsky currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate, the board of the Opportunity Finance Network, the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of Fannie Mae, the National Community Advisory Council of Bank of America, and the National Advisory Council of CredAbility. In 2001 and 2002, Dr. Belsky also served as Research Director for the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission established by the Congress of the United States.

Dr. Belsky has extensive experience conducting research on housing markets, housing finance, and housing policy.  He has published numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals.  He has co-edited five books: Low-Income Homeownership: Examining the Unexamined Goal (2002), Building Assets, Builder Credit: Creating Wealth in Low-Income Communities (2005), Revisiting Rental Housing (2008), Borrowing to Live: Consumer and Mortgage Credit Revisited (2008), and Moving Forward: the Future of Consumer Credit and Mortgage Finance (2011).