Jayce Farmer

Dr. Jayce Farmer is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s an expert in public finance and state and local government administration and can provide insight on how the coronavirus has devastated state and local government budgets.

Farmer has more than a decade of experience in public fiscal administration — before joining UNLV, he worked as a policy and budget analyst for local governments in Florida. There, he coordinated and managed the capital budget process for municipalities and oversaw the implementation of several large municipal government funds.

He has also advised appointed and elected local officials and, in 2016, conducted several citizen satisfaction surveys for municipalities in Central Texas.

Farmer’s research into local government policy and fiscal issues has been published in The American Review of Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, Urban Affairs Review, Public Performance & Management Review, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Expertise Field: Public finance, state and local governance, public policy, urban affairs

Contact information:

Email: Jayce.Farmer@unlv.edu 

Phone: 702-972-5878

Twitter: @JayceFarmer

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Last updated August 3, 2020

Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda is Senior Research Fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise lies in the areas of disability rights, urban planning and human rights.

Pineda is the President of World Enabled, a non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy, and the Paul G. Hearne Award.

He is also Adjunct Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.


Areas of Expertise: Disability rights, urban planning, human rights

Location: Berkeley, California

Contact Info:

     Email: victor@worldenabled.org

     Phone: (310) 467-4556

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Tracey Ross

Tracey Ross is the Associate Director of the All-In Cities Initiative at PolicyLink, an initiative that helps cities across the country adopt policies and practices to promote equitable growth. She also serves as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Leadership program, which fosters connections between leaders in both countries. Ross began her career as a Senate staffer, and has also been a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress, where she focused on urban poverty and environmental justice. She has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and been featured on MSNBC and Al Jazeera English.

Tracey Ross

Areas of Expertise: Public policy involving growth, economic progress,  racial economic inclusion, U.S.-Japanese relations

Location: Oakland, CA

Contact Info:

Contact Info:

Email: tracey@policylink.org

Phone: 510-703-1866


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Robin Washington

Robin Washington is a longtime transportation writer, particularly focused on the evolving technology and social impacts of driverless cars over the past two years, writing for The Boston Globe, WIRED, WGBH, and Wisconsin Public Radio. A Fellow in Science Broadcasting Journalism at WGBH TV Boston, Washington has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Brown, and dozens of other academic institutions, and has been an adjunct faculty member at both Northeastern University and Emerson College. Throughout his career, Washington has appeared on NPR, MSBNC, Fox News, ABC News, CNN, and the BBC.

Robin Washington

Areas of Expertise: Self-driving cars, transportation technology, transportation legislation, civil rights movement, Judaism, Black Judaism

Location: Duluth, Minnesota with part time residence in Massachusetts. He works out of the studios of Wisconsin Public Radio and WGBH Boston.

Contact info:

Phone: (218) 428-0004

Email: robinbirkw@gmail.com

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Lawrence Yun

Based in Washington DC, Lawrence Yun is the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors. Dr. Yun directs research activity for the NAR, creating forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, including Blue Chip and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council.

He appears regularly on financial news outlets, including NPR, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress.

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research, National Association of Realtors

Areas of Expertise: Housing Market Economist, Home Sales, Home Buyer Survey Reports, Home Seller Survey Reports

Location: Washington DC

Contact Information:
Email: ybyrd@realtors.org
Phone: (202) 383-7515


Anita Chandra

Anita Chandra is the director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on long-term disaster recovery, community resilience, and urban planning. Chandra’s recent publications have focused on the private sector’s role in emergency preparedness and disaster response.

Chandra has been cited by a number of outlets, including NBC, PBS, and the Washington Post. Prior to her position as JIE director, she served as director of RAND’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department. She earned a Dr.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program, RAND Corporation

Areas of Expertise: Community Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Urban Planning, Mental Health and Illness, Military Families, Childhood Development, Community-based Health Care

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email: media@rand.org

Heard on NPR’s Tell Me More: Military Families Cope With The Stress Of War


Robert Puentes

Robert Puentes is a non-resident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. He is also the President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation- a non-partisan think tank that aims to improve transportation and promote policy innovation.  Puentes is an expert on transportation and infrastructure, urban planning, and smart cities. He recently directed the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative that outlined the debate surrounding national transportation policy that led to policy briefs and Congressional testimony.  Puentes currently serves on several boards and committees including New York State’s 2100 Infrastructure Commission. He can be heard explaining  the problems surrounding America’s aging water systems in this interview on Weekend Edition Saturday, here.

Non Resident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution 

Areas of Expertise: Transportation and Infrastructure, Urban Planning, Smart Cities, Metropolitan Growth Management, Suburban Issues

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information: 

Email: RPUENTES@brookings.edu 

Phone: (202) 879-4700

Twitter: @rpuentes 

 Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday: Lead Poisoning In Michigan Highlights Aging Water Systems Nationwide 

Mariana Ibañez

Mariana Ibañez is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is an expert in architectural core design. Ibañez is also an architect in Argentina and co-owns Ibañez Kim, a design practice located in Cambridge and Philadelphia, that produces projects of various architectural specialties including robotics. Her research interests focus on the combination of architecture, computation and new technology and she’s recently published a book, “Paradigms in Computing”. Ibañez’s work has been displayed at Milan Fashion Week and the National Art Museum in Beijing.  She can be heard presenting her work to students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design here.

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Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Co-Owner of Ibañez Kim 

Area of Expertise: Architectural Core Design

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact Information: 

Email(s): mibanez@gsd.harvard.edu


Phone (Ibañez Kim Studio): (617) 368-0326

Heard presenting at the Harvard Graduate School of Design 

Ashley Nunes

Ashley Nunes is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He’s worked with the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research on transportation safety, regulatory policy and behavioral economics. He is a Contributor to Forbes and has previously written for the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail and the Scientific American.

Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, MA

Areas of Expertise: Transportation, Technology, Science Policy

Contact Information:

Phone: (470) 301-6285

Email: anunes@mit.edu

Vince Wang

Vince Wang conducts research at the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at University of Florida in Gainesville. Wang’s research focuses on the geography of inequality and opportunity in distressed neighborhoods, specifically on examining the causes of segregation, poverty dispersal housing programs, and how they collectively affect the prospects of publicly subsidized low-income households. He is currently developing an Opportunity Housing Locator to help families with rental vouchers find affordable housing in opportunity-rich neighborhoods.

Wang has worked on several U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant projects, and his work has won awards from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association and the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Vince Wang

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at University of Florida in Gainesville

Areas of Expertise: Land Use Modeling, Housing Policy and Evaluation, Transportation Planning

Location: Gainesville, FL

Contact Information:

Email: wrnvince@ufl.edu
Phone: 352-3285160
Twitter: @VinceWRN

Heard in Lecture at the University of Florida: Evolution Of The Housing Choice Voucher Program

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