Christopher Herbert

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Managing Director
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Christopher Herbert is the Managing Director at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since 2010, Herbert has served as the Joint Center’s Director of Research, leading the team responsible for producing the Center’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, an essential resource for both public and private decision makers in the housing industry.  Dr. Herbert has extensive experience conducting research related to housing policy, housing markets, housing finance and urban development. Having previously worked as a research analyst at the Joint Center in the 1990s, Herbert rejoined the center in 2010 from Abt Associates, where he was a Senior Associate in the Housing and Community Development practice.

Herbert is co-editor of Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability, and Risk After the Housing Crisis (Brookings Institution Press, 2014).   Herbert has also lectured and delivered papers widely for academic, practitioner and policymaking audiences. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Community Development Research Advisory Council, and the Center for Responsible Lending Research Advisory Council.  Herbert holds a Ph.D. and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Dartmouth College.