David’s primary research focus is on community development, affordable housing, workforce development and community organizing. Before coming to LISC he was a Senior Associate with MDRC and directed some of the field’s largest community research projects, including studies of neighborhood networks in Chicago, comprehensive community initiatives in New York City, and public housing redevelopment and job training initiatives around the country. Before joining MDRC, he directed policy and advocacy for a coalition of 90 community housing organizations in New York City and organized with homeless men and women in the municipal shelter system. He holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from MIT, where he received a National Science Foundation fellowship and a dissertation award from HUD. He is also currently a part-time faculty member at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
Francisca works on a variety of quantitative research projects. She has assembled a national database of housing, income, employment, education, and other data, and uses it to monitor how neighborhoods where LISC concentrates its investments have changed over time. She also applies her GIS mapping skills to help track and report LISC’s program activity. She has a B.A. in mathematics from Williams College and master's in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.