TITLE: Director, Neighborhoods and Housing
FOCUS AREAS: Livability, affordability and safety of Greater Boston neighborhoods
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PROFILE: Rebecca “Becky” Koepnick joined the Boston Foundation in February 2014 after serving as the Director of the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. In her current role, Koepnick works in housing and community development with other program leaders to build vibrant neighborhoods and help residents thrive.
Professional affiliations include the Mayor Walsh’s Housing Taskforce and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She earned a BA in government from Smith College and a Master’s in urban planning from NYU Wagner School of Public Service.
An older Furman Center bio shared:
Rebecca Koepnick is the Director of the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy. For the past three years, Rebecca served as a policy advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she developed policy, legislation, and congressional strategy for multiple initiatives including the Administration's Rental Assistance Demonstration to preserve public housing and the Strong Cities and Strong Communities pilot to support distressed cities across the country. Prior to her service at HUD, Rebecca worked at New York City's Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, and Abt Associates. She brings to the Moelis Institute deep substantive knowledge about many aspects of housing and community development, broad experience in working with a wide network of policymakers in New York City, Washington, and around the country, and a proven track record of injecting research evidence into policy debates about improving affordable housing programs.