Outreach & Education’s Visiting Scholars Program

Visiting scholars are selected from the community development and education fields to enrich the New York Fed’s outreach and education programs.

Maggie Super Church: Community Development and Health Expert
Maggie Super Church is an urban planner, designer, and innovator with more than two decades of experience leading interdisciplinary and cross-sector teams to build healthy, inclusive and thriving neighborhoods and cities. Her expertise includes climate and environmental sustainability, affordable housing, real estate and healthy food financing, and community economic development. Her research is focused on the impact of neighborhood conditions on community health, well-being and economic opportunity. She is a 1994 Truman Scholar and holds a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in Urban Design from the Edinburgh College of Art, and a BA in Architecture from Yale University.

Areas of Interest: Climate finance, community development, impact investing, social determinants of health.

Working with the NY Fed: To explore and document successful public/private financing strategies for climate resilience in the built environment with a focus on communities most at risk from extreme heat and flooding.

Tenure: Through July 2023

Related Publications: Investing in Health from the Ground Up: Building a Market for Healthy Neighborhoods; Using Data to Address Health Disparities and Drive investment in Healthy Neighborhoods; Healthy and Equitable Community Investment; Community Change and Resident Needs: Designing a Participatory Action Research Study in Metropolitan Boston.



Jody Hoff: Economic Education Expert
Jody Hoff is an accomplished educational leader specializing in program development and evaluation, with an emphasis on learning opportunities that engage the imagination and curiosity of students. Jody's research focuses on understanding the impacts of educational interventions on the knowledge and attitudes of students and teachers, including publications in The American Economist, Contemporary Economic Policy, and the Journal of Economic Education. Jody recently joined Boise State University's Institute for Inclusive and Transformational Scholarship, working with undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors. She previously served in leadership roles as the Officer and Director and of Economic Education at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Executive Director of the Idaho Council on Economic Education, and began her career as a high school economics and math teacher. Jody holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Idaho, a Master in Business Administration from Boise State University, and a Ph.D. in Research Psychology from Walden University.

Areas of Interest: Understanding barriers that limit student engagement and achievement, improving educational experiences through student-centered design, exploring teacher attitudes and beliefs about teaching

Working with the NY Fed: Conduct qualitative research with staff and education stakeholders to inform department strategies, improve program offerings, and increase participation by under-served groups.

Tenure: Through December 30, 2022

Related Publications: Game-based learning; Teacher training effects; Alternative assessments; Teaching and learning disconnects



Nathaniel Counts: Mental Health America (Alexandria, VA) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY)
Nathaniel Counts serves as the Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Innovation for Mental Health America (MHA) and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At MHA, Nathaniel leads policy research and advocacy centered around addressing social and economic determinants of behavioral health, prevention and population-health strategies, and impacts of consumer technologies. Nathaniel's research has focused on aligning incentives to finance effective prevention and intervention in behavioral health, including publications in journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Lancet Psychiatry, and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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Areas of Interest: Designing markets for long-term health, community wealth building and health equity, value-based payment and community health promotion

Working with the NY Fed:  conducting research on regulatory options for establishing quasi-markets that advance community-level long-term healthy development.

Tenure:  Through January 31, 2022

Related PublicationsShort-term and Long-term Returns for States Implementing Pediatric Alternative Payment Model



Michael Loftin: CEO of Homewise, Inc.
Mike Loftin has served as the CEO of Homewise, Inc., since 1992. He leads a staff of 100 mission-driven, talented professionals with expertise from diverse fields that include financial coaching and education, mortgage lending and loan servicing, real estate sales, real estate development, community and economic development, marketing, fundraising, financial management, and policy advancement.
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Areas of Interest: household finance management, mortgage lending and loan servicing, community development

Working with the NY Fed: Work to shift the current thinking from seeing homeownership as a nice outcome that naturally occurs in healthy communities to an understanding that smart homeownership promotion is an important means to improving the wellbeing of low-income families and disinvested neighborhoods.

Tenure: December 2021

Related Publications: An Economy That Works for All: Fostering Low-Income Homeownership

Strengthening Households and Neighborhoods by Supporting a Healthy Housing Spectrum How the Housing Crisis Has Created an Unprecedented Opportunity for Working Families to Achieve Financial Security



David Dante Troutt: Distinguished Professor of Law & Founding Director, Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity, Rutgers University
David Dante Troutt is Distinguished Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar. David Troutt is the founding director of the Rutgers Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity (CLiME). He teaches and writes in four areas of primary interest: the metropolitan dimensions of race, class and legal structure; intellectual property; Torts; and critical legal theory. His major publications (noted below) include books of fiction and non-fiction, scholarly articles and a variety of legal and political commentary on race, law and equality.
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Areas of Interest: economic inequality, law and equality, racial equity, and equitable economic development

Tenure: June 2021


Related Publications: From Equitable Growth to Equitable Recovery (June 8, 2020)


Xavier de Souza Briggs: Distinguished Visiting Professor at New York University and Public Policy Expert
Xavier de Souza Briggs is a distinguished visiting professor, with a joint appointment at the Wagner School, the Business and Society Program at the Stern School of Business, and the Department of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. He is an award-winning educator and researcher as well as an experienced manager in philanthropy and government.
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Areas of Interest: racial equity, philanthropy, housing affordability and equitable development; international development and impact investing

Tenure: January 2021


Penelope Douglas: Founding Partner of CultureBank
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Penelope Douglas is a founding partner of CultureBank. She has spent the past twenty-five years as a social entrepreneur, pioneer in community development investment, cofounder and CEO of Pacific Community Ventures, and senior executive and board chair of MissionHub and SOCAP.
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Areas of Interest: arts & culture, impact investing and equitable growth

Tenure: December 2020

About the Visiting Scholars Program

Visiting scholars are university faculty, community development practitioners and researchers, think tank representatives, and/or senior leaders from foundations and nonprofit organizations.

They are selected to advise and collaborate with New York Fed staff on groundbreaking ideas, analytical products and programs. They present at internal seminars and conduct workshops on community development topics. While they provide staff with new research and updates from the community development and education fields, they also benefit from working and exchanging ideas with staff. Selection is on a rolling basis and placements are short-term.

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