Partners (Number 2, 2008)

Examining the Issues: Community Affairs Adds Research Function

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has recently expanded the Community Affairs function to include a new team devoted to research that focuses on significant community and economic development issues in the region.

Headed by AVP Todd Greene, the team will identify key community concerns and plan comprehensive research projects with the goal of improving the policy environment.

Grounded in the experiences of community development professionals throughout the southeast, the new research function is designed to inform policy and practice decisions to create more sustainable communities. Some potential areas of research include post-foreclosure consumer and neighborhood impacts, housing and the aging population, and green development and lending.

Community Affairs Research Team Members
Pictured from left to right: (top) Dan Immergluck, Jessica LeVeen Farr, Todd Greene, (bottom) Jared Yarsevich, Karen Leone de Nie

The research agenda will evolve to be responsive to the needs of local markets throughout the Federal Reserve's Sixth District, and the results will be widely shared through conferences, publications, articles and technical assistance.

Meet the Team
Todd Greene, assistant vice president for community and economic development research and policy, has held leadership roles with Southwestern Bell, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and in management consulting before coming to the Atlanta Fed. Most recently, Greene served as director for Community, Policy and Research Services at Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute with oversight of research and implementation efforts in applied economic development.

In addition to his Fed role, Todd is currently president of the Georgia Economic Developers Association. On the national level, Greene is a committee chair for the International Economic Development Council. In 2002, he obtained the Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD).

Greene earned a bachelor's degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University and master's degrees in human resources management from Washington University and in public administration from Georgia State University.

Dan Immergluck is a visiting scholar and a professor in Georgia Tech's City and Regional Planning Program. Immergluck has authored dozens of studies on community development, economic development, community reinvestment, fair housing and related topics. His most recent book is Credit to the Community: Community Reinvestment and Fair Lending Policy in the U.S. (M.E. Sharpe, 2004).

Before moving to Atlanta, Immergluck taught at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to teaching at Grand Valley State, he was Senior Vice President of the Woodstock Institute in Chicago, a policy research organization that works on community and economic development issues.

Immergluck has a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Karen Leone de Nie is research manager for community and economic development research and policy. Before coming to the Atlanta Fed, she was a researcher at Georgia Tech's Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, where she managed studies and built partnerships related to housing, health and built environment, transportation, and land use. She has also worked in environmental resources management at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (Dallas/Fort Worth).

Leone de Nie earned a bachelor's degree in English from University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master's degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2007 she obtained certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Jessica LeVeen Farr is the senior regional community development manager working in the Fed's Nashville Branch. Prior to joining the section, Farr was an assistant vice president with Bank of America Community Development Corporation in Nashville, where she managed the single-family development program. Before that, she worked for a consulting firm in Berkeley, California, specializing in land use planning and real estate economics.

Farr earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego in urban studies and planning and a master's degree in regional planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While building her specialty experience with the Federal Reserve, Farr gained her credential as a commissioned examiner.

Jared Yarsevich is an intern with community and economic development research and policy. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in city and regional planning at Georgia Tech with a focus on housing policy. Yarsevich has worked as an economist researching tobacco control policy and anti-tobacco marketing campaigns with RTI International, and has lectured in philosophy at Georgia State University and Clayton State University.

Yarsevich earned a bachelor's degree in economics from North Carolina State University and a master's degree in philosophy from the London School of Economics.

This article was written by Karen Leone de Nie, Community Affairs research manager at the Atlanta Fed.