Dr. Nikhil Kaza is an Associate Professor, Associate Chair, & Director of the Master’s Program in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kaza studies the phenomena of plans and their uses in public and private decision-making. Of particular interest are urban development processes, energy planning and land use impacts.




Dr. Nichola Lowe is an Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lowe’s research focuses on the institutional arrangements that lead to more inclusive forms of economic development and specifically, the role that practitioners can play in aligning growth and equity goals.




mark-l-photoDR. MARK LINDBLAD  |  Research Fellow

Mark Lindblad’s work connects the psychological, social and legal factors that influence consumer financial decision making. His research examines how financially constrained households manage debt. He is a co-author of A Place Called Home: The Social Dimensions of Homeownership (with Kim Manturuk and Mark Lindblad), which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Dr. Lindblad earned his M.S. and Ph.D from North Carolina State University in Psychology.



MARK MCDANIEL  |  Research Fellow

Mark McDaniel consults with foundations, policymakers and others on strategies that help connect low-income populations to economic opportunities. These strategies include connecting neighborhoods to regional workforce opportunities, connecting the unbanked and underbanked to financial services and leveraging investment in low-income areas for housing, community facilities and other economic development opportunities.




DR. MIKE STEGMAN  |  Founder & Research Fellow

Dr. Michael A. Stegman, now a Senior Fellow in the Housing Finance Program at the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute, founded the center in 1997 while serving as chair of UNC’s Department of Public Policy and MacRae Professor of Public Policy and Business.

Dr. Stegman’s interest in asset-building strategies for low-income Americans and communities grew while serving in the Clinton Administration as assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since founding the Center, Dr. Stegman has served as a counselor for housing finance policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as the director of policy and housing for the MacArthur Foundation, at the Bipartisan Policy Council in Washington D.C., and as a senior policy adviser for housing for the National Economic Council in the White House.