Vincent Reina, PhD

Investing in Housing to Improve Youth Outcomes

Vincent Reina currently serves as a Stoneleigh Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.  In this role, he is partnering 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 recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor for housing and urban policy on the White House Domestic Policy Council.  In this role, he worked with administration officials and executive branch agencies to address the nation’s housing affordability and supply challenges and to advance equitable development and community investment.

Vincent is also an Associate 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.  He 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.

Stoneleigh Fellow


Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania


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