Policy Director, Policy Solutions
Reinvestment Fund

Ms. Dowdall is Policy Director for Reinvestment Fund’s Policy Solutions group. She helps clients apply research results in making data-driven programming and investment decisions. Recent projects include the development of neighborhood investment strategies for Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, residential market studies in New Orleans and Denton, TX, and research on unsubsidized affordable housing in legacy cities. She is facilitating a multiyear, mixed-method analysis of evictions in Philadelphia that is designed to yield changes in process, resource allocation, and outcomes. Ms. Dowdall also teaches courses in the City Planning and Urban Studies programs at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to Reinvestment Fund, she led research efforts on critical issues facing Philadelphia and other cities for the Pew Charitable Trusts, producing major reports on topics including gentrification, property taxes, and school building closures and reuse. She has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from New York University.

Speaking at the Following:

Mar 16

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Preserving Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing through Partnership

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

So-called NOAH units, those affordable to households at and below the local median income without receiving public subsidies, are a majority of the nation’s “affordable” stock. Many cities are at substantial risk of losing closure, sale, and/or transition of NOAH units to higher income tenancies. Panelists will discuss what cities and developers are doing to […]