Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Eric Belsky, Harvard University

The community development field is strong and well positioned to build on knowledge of what works and to prove the social, economic, and financial value of integrated programs.

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. Prior to his Harvard appointments, Belsky held positions with Price Waterhouse LLP, Fannie Mae, the National Association of Home Builders, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2001 and 2002, Belsky served as research director for the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission established by the Congress of the United States. Belsky has co-edited five books and authored numerous articles and book chapters. 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.

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