Ann CarpenterDirector of Policy and Analytics
Areas of Expertise: Housing and neighborhoods
Recent Work: Heirs' properties, land contracts, affordable rental housing supply, housing policy, and disaster recovery
Ann Carpenter is director of policy and analytics, managing the applied research and policy efforts of the community and economic development (CED) group. Her recent work includes studies on land contracts, heirs' property, and strategies to increase the production of mixed-income housing. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Carpenter was a senior research associate at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). There, she specialized in the areas of community resilience, emergency management planning, and sustainability. Her work has been published by the Brookings Institution and in several scholarly journals. She recently served as a reviewer for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Carpenter earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and master's and doctorate degrees in city and regional planning from Georgia Tech. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Atlanta's Center for Leadership Class of 2017. She serves on the board of directors of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. (ANDP) and on the advisory board of ULI Atlanta.
Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development Discussion Papers
Social Ties, Space, and Resilience: Literature Review of Community Resilience to Disasters and Constituent Social and Built Environment Factors
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Articles & Presentations
Brittany Birken, Ann Carpenter, Karen Leone de Nie, Sameera Fazili, Mary Hirt, David A. Jackson, Sarah Miller, Patrick Pontius, Julie Siwicki, Sarah Stein, Nisha Sutaria, and Janelle Williams. “Tackling the Unknown Together: Community Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).
Ann Carpenter. "Report on Heirs' Property Highlights Challenges and Interventions for Communities," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (November/December 2019).
Ann Carpenter. "Raphael Bostic Publishes Housing Research," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (July/August 2019).
Alexander Ruder, Mels de Zeeuw, and Ann Carpenter. "Promising Workforce Development Approaches." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Workforce Currents (January 2019).
Ann Carpenter and Sydney Diavua. "Research Symposium on Gentrification and Neighborhood Change," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (July/August 2016).
Ann Carpenter and Shana Jones. "Understanding Heirs' Properties in the Southeast," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2016).
Ann Carpenter. "Data Tools for Dynamic Communities," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2016).
Ann Carpenter and Erin Mierzwa. "Offsetting Gentrification and Fostering Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (January/February 2016).
Ann Carpenter and Emily Mitchell. "Fighting Neighborhood Blight," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (November/December 2015).
Ann Carpenter. "How to Build Community Resilience: Four Case Studies from Post-Katrina Mississippi," Paper presented at the Eighth Biennial Federal Reserve Community Development Research Conference, Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities (2013).
Ann Carpenter. "Crowdsourcing for the Common Good: A Community Development Approach," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (January/February 2012).
Ann Carpenter. "Shrinking Cities and Right Sizing in the Southeast," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2012).
"Under Water in More Ways Than One: Assessing the Impact of Historic Flooding and Foreclosures on Atlanta's Vulnerable Communities ," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners in Community and Economic Development (January/February 2011).
Ann Carpenter, Cassandra Johnson Gaither, and Thomas Mitchell. "Heirs' Property." Economy Matters podcast. July 6, 2017.
Ann Carpenter and Nancy Montoya. "Social Networks' Role in Rebuilding Communities." Economic Development podcast. August 31, 2011.
Other Publications & Presentations
Cassandra Johnson Gaither, Ann Carpenter, Tracy Lloyd McCurty, and Sara Toering, eds. Heirs' Property and Land Fractionation: Fostering Stable Ownership to Prevent Land Loss and Abandonment. Proceedings of Heirs' Property in the South, June 15, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-244. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station (September 2019).
Ann Carpenter, Taz George, and Lisa Nelson. "The American Dream or Just an Illusion? Understanding Land Contract Trends in the Midwest Pre- and Post-Crisis." Paper originally presented at the national Symposium on Housing Tenure and Financial Security, hosted by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and Fannie Mae (March 2019).
Alice Villard and Ann Carpenter. "Building Density of Parcels and Block-Faces from a Syntactical, Morphological and Planning Perspective." Proceedings of the 10th International Space Syntax Symposium (2015).
Ann Carpenter. "Resilience in the Social and Physical Realms: Lessons from the Gulf Coast." International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 14(3), 290–301 (2015).
Ann Carpenter and Miriam Quispe-Agnoli. "A Comparison of the Social Implications of Rapid Urbanization in Lima and Santiago de Chile," Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 14(5), 497–518 (2015).
Ann Carpenter. "Critical Infrastructure Resilience: A Baseline Study for Georgia," American Society of Civil Engineers (2014).
Ann Carpenter. "Disaster Resilience and the Social Fabric of Space," Proceedings of the International Ninth Space Syntax Symposium (2013).
Ann Carpenter. "Resilience in Planning: A Review of Comprehensive Plans in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina (on-site)," Paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning/Association of European Schools of Planning Joint Conference (2013).
"Resilience in the Social and Physical Realms: Lessons from the Gulf Coast ," Background paper for the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (2013).
Ann Carpenter. "A Safe Haven from the Storm? Disaster Recovery and Space," Proceedings of the International Eighth Space Syntax Symposium (2012).
Ann Carpenter. "A Place Is not Just a Place: Community Ties and Resilience Lessons from the Gulf Coast," Paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference (2011).
Ann Carpenter and Nancy Montoya. "Plugging into the Power of Community: How Social Networks Energize Recovery," in Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita (2011).
Ann Carpenter and John Peponis. "Poverty and Connectivity: Crossing the Tracks," in Journal of Space Syntax (2010).
Ann Carpenter, M. Hodges, C. Huff, and L. McCook. "Understanding Disaster Resilience in Savannah, Georgia," Paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference (2009).
"Resolving the Links between Actual Pedestrian Movement and Street Connectivity," Paper presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning/Association of European Schools of Planning Joint Conference (2008).