Emily Dowdall is Policy Director for Reinvestment Fund’s Policy Solutions group. She helps civic leaders and government officials use data to make programming and investment decisions that support vibrant and equitable communities. She has conducted research on housing stability and neighborhood change in cities including Philadelphia, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Richmond, VA. She has also co-authored recent briefs on fair housing and vacant property remediation. Prior to Reinvestment Fund, she researched critical issues facing Philadelphia and other cities for the Pew Charitable Trusts, producing major reports on gentrification and the role of public libraries in big cities, among other topics. She has a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from NYU and Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also a lecturer in housing policy and urban redevelopment.