Lisa Sturtevant Joins ULI as Senior Visiting Fellow

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WASHINGTON (June 7, 2016) – Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D., president of Lisa Sturtevant & Associates and former vice president for research at the National Housing Conference, will join the staff of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as a senior visiting fellow on July 1, the institute announced today.

“As one of the nation’s leading housing researchers, Lisa substantially strengthens ULI’s capacity to provide analysis and advice on a widening range of residential land use and development issues of interest to ULI’s members,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing.

Sturtevant will play an integral role in the Terwilliger Center’s rapidly growing research activities, which includes work on demographics, financing, market trends, and public policy. Her work will focus initially on the nexus of housing costs and regional economic competitiveness, the housing needs and preferences of first and second generation immigrants, and emerging issues in residential development that are priorities for ULI’s District Councils.

“I am honored to join ULI,” Sturtevant said. “My experience and interests in applying rigorous technical analysis to meet the needs of developers, investors, and local officials on their housing priorities is well aligned with the Terwilliger Center’s pragmatic approach.”

Sturtevant has been involved in research and analysis on local economic, demographic and housing market conditions for more than 15 years. Her primary areas of research include housing, migration, demographics and regional economic development.  She specializes in comprehensive housing market analyses, affordable housing needs assessments, and housing program and policy evaluation and development.

Sturtevant was vice president for research at the National Housing Conference (NHC) between 2013 and 2016, and she served as director of the Center for Housing Policy while it operated separately from NHC. She was responsible for setting NHC’s research agenda and managing ongoing research projects. During her time at NHC, Lisa was particularly focused on developing best practices for local affordable housing policies and planning and connecting NHC’s research to the broader housing community.

Prior to her service at NHC, Sturtevant served as deputy director of the Center for Regional Analysis and as an associate research professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy.  From 2000 to 2005, she was a demographer in the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development.

Sturtevant has served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and Virginia Tech. She received a Doctorate Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University in May 2006; her dissertation was on the residential location choices of recent immigrants.  She received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University.

About the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing
The ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing conducts research, performs analysis, provides expert advice, and develops best practice recommendations that reflect the residential land use and development priorities of ULI members in all residential product types, with special attention to workforce and affordable housing. The Center integrates ULI’s wide-ranging housing activities into a program of work that furthers the development of mixed-income communities with a range of housing options. The Center was established in 2007 with a gift from longtime member and former ULI chairman, J. Ronald Terwilliger. The Center’s activities are also made possible by contributions from the ULI Foundation, individual ULI members, charitable foundations, and earned revenue.

About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 38,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. For more information, please visit  or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.