We are delighted to announce our new Visiting Fellow Patrick McCarthy and new Stoneleigh Fellow Vincent Reina. Both bring deep expertise, experience, and connections to their roles.
Stoneleigh Visiting Fellowship
Stoneleigh Visiting Fellow | 2019-2020
Columbia University Justice Lab
Patrick McCarthy will serve as a Stoneleigh Visiting Fellow in partnership with the Columbia University Justice Lab. In this role, he will collaborate with policymakers, advocates, philanthropic organizations, and both current and former youth correctional administrators to transform youth justice systems, shifting away from the use of incarceration and investing in the creation of more robust supports for youth and families in their communities. Leveraging his connections with national leaders, he will promote youth justice reform efforts in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania through research, education and training, and policy and practice reform. He will also act as an advisor to Stoneleigh’s Fellows who are working across systems to improve youth outcomes.
Patrick is a nationally recognized leader in juvenile justice and child welfare reform, and the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. During his 25-year tenure with the Foundation, Patrick deepened its commitment to race equity issues and led its efforts to create a fairer and safer juvenile justice system and a more family-focused child welfare system. He also oversaw the development of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which focused on reducing U.S. reliance on detention to address the challenges facing vulnerable young people.
Previously, Patrick held a variety of positions within the juvenile justice and child welfare fields, including as a psychiatric social worker; the head of a school for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges; and Director of the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families.
Patrick holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Investing in Housing to Improve Youth Outcomes
Stoneleigh Fellow | 2019-2022
University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
Vincent Reina will serve as a Stoneleigh Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. In this role, he will partner with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Planning and Development, Philadelphia Housing Authority, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation to create knowledge, policy tools, and stakeholder networks that strengthen understanding of the impact of housing on youth outcomes and develop a new model for housing policy decision-making.
Vincent is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on urban economics, low-income housing policy, household mobility, neighborhood change, and community and economic development. He began his career as a housing practitioner, working for a decade at the local and federal levels, including at the San Francisco and New York City field offices of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In his doctoral dissertation, he examined the impact of housing subsidies on a variety of outcomes, including the education outcomes of youth in Los Angeles.
In 2016, he collaborated with University of Pennsylvania colleagues to develop a baseline report documenting household-level data for residents of Philadelphia’s Norman Blumberg Homes that the Philadelphia Housing Authority could use to understand the impact of the site’s redevelopment over time. The following year, he worked with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and local partners to develop a framework for how the City of Philadelphia can preserve its subsidized housing and subsequently helped the City of Philadelphia develop its first-ever 10-year citywide Housing Action Plan. In 2018, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and as a Lincoln Institute for Land Policy Scholar.
Vincent holds a BS in Urban Studies from Cornell University, an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, an MBA with a concentration in Economics and Real Estate Finance from New York University, and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California.
The Project Challenge
A growing body of research has established the connection between housing and specific outcomes for youth, including their mental and physical health, access to care, educational achievement, likelihood of incarceration, and employability. While there is increasing demand to classify housing as a social determinant of health, research findings have not been presented in ways that impact how housing policy is formulated or how public housing investments are decided. Policymakers need actionable data connected to specific policy levers that improve youth outcomes, as well as tools and processes that ensure youth outcomes are incorporated into housing policy decision-making.
The Project Solution
Through his Stoneleigh Fellowship, Vincent Reina will partner with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Planning and Development, Philadelphia Housing Authority, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation to create knowledge, policy tools, and stakeholder networks that strengthen understanding of the impact of housing on youth outcomes and develop a new model for housing policy decision-making.
The Stoneleigh Fellowship will enable Vincent to:
- Build an empirical basis for understanding the impact of housing stability on short- and long-term youth outcomes in order to inform housing policy and investment decisions.
- Develop tools that partner agencies can use to incorporate youth outcomes into their housing policy decisions.
- Facilitate the creation of local networks focused on housing and youth outcomes to collect feedback and help cultivate new, cross-sector relationships among youth-focused stakeholders.