Research and Information

Meet HAC’s Research & Information Team

Lance George

Lance George

Director of Research and Information

Lance is the Director of Research and Information at the Housing Assistance Council. With more than 20 years of experience, Lance leads the organization’s research, data, and information efforts. Lance works at the intersection of housing, research, and data to help Americans who have quality and safe homes, understand and care about those who do not. Lance’s research encompasses a wide array of issues and topics related to demographics and housing.

  • Areas of Interest

    Rural economies, rural people, and their housing

A displaced Kentuckian, who currently splits his time between Washington DC and Minnesota, Lance embodies the adage, “North Charm and Southern Efficiency.”

Christina Davila

Christina Davila

Research Associate

Christina Davila is a Research Associate at the Housing Assistance Council. She collects perspectives from experts in the field and on the Hill about broadband, capacity building, fair housing, and housing finance. She also analyzes and interprets data to help inform strategies and policies to benefit rural Americans. Before coming to HAC, she taught ESOL serving as an AmeriCorps member in South Florida and Arlington, VA. She holds a B.S. from the University of Central Florida and an M.S. in Sociology with a focus on Applied Community and Economic Development from Illinois State University.

  • Areas of Interest

    Research, data analysis, web design, housing advocacy

Christina loves to travel off the beaten path and explore new places through food.

Michael Feinberg

Michael Feinberg

Senior Policy Analyst

Michael (Mike) Feinberg is a Senior Policy Analyst in HAC’s Research and Information Division. He has over 40 years of experience in working with USDA rural housing programs to help provide affordable housing to eligible rural residents. Before joining HAC, Mike was a Branch Chief in USDA’s Single-Family Housing Direct Loan Division where he provided leadership for the management of USDA’s Section 502 direct loan program.

  • Areas of Interest

    USDA rural housing programs, affordable housing, data and policy analysis, Section 502 Direct Loan application packager training

While he enjoys working with rural housing programs, Mike is an avid baseball fan.  Go Nats!

Natasha Moodie

Natasha Moodie

Stevenson Center Applied Community and Economic Development Fellow

Natasha Moodie is a graduate student and fellow in the Applied Community and Economic Development Program at Illinois State University, pursuing a master’s in sociology. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where she competed as a varsity swimmer for UofM and an Olympic team member for her home country, Jamaica. After her time in Ann Arbor, Natasha began her career in secondary education. Through AmeriCorps, Natasha developed programming to increase high school graduation rates in Tampa, Florida. She then transitioned to teaching full-time as a Teach for America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Natasha developed a deep appreciation for rural America during her Teach for America commitment and subsequent years living and working in the Rio Grande Valley. Currently, Natasha is completing her master’s thesis on equity in the housing market.  She is thrilled for the opportunity to work with HAC, where she can work within her passions for housing access and community development in rural America.

  • Areas of Interest

    Sociology, education, systemic challenges, economic development

Natasha is a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and old Star Trek series, and she’s always on the lookout for good gluten-free, dairy-free, pescatarian dining options.

Leslie Strauss

Leslie Strauss

Senior Policy Analyst

Leslie Strauss has been at HAC since 1991 and is currently a Senior Policy Analyst. She is responsible for a variety of policy and information activities. Leslie has a law degree and practiced real estate law for several years before joining HAC. She serves on the board of the National Rural Housing Coalition.

  • Areas of Interest

    Rental housing, federal housing funding, rural policy

Leslie’s personal life includes an amazing son, meditation, rescued cats, and lots of crossword puzzles.

Dan Stern

Dan Stern

Communications and Outreach Manager

Dan Stern is HAC’s Communication and Outreach Manager. His responsibilities include managing and updating HAC’s website and communications, coordinating HAC’s outreach initiatives, and is a member of HAC’s Tech Team. He lives in Rockville, MD with his wife, four boys, and too many pets.

  • Areas of Interest

    Web design, Search Engine Optimization, CRM, customer journeys, marketing

Dan listens to far too many podcasts, and would prefer that all content be distilled in podcast format.

Keith Wiley

Keith Wiley

Senior Research Associate

Keith has worked extensively with many datasets in an effort to better understand where, when, and how development patterns occur. As part of these efforts, Keith has authored a recent article in the Journal of Housing Policy Debate, entitled “The role of the CDBG program in rural America” and has written several reports analyzing rural lending activities. He also coauthored both a book chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Economics and Planning and a Resources for the Future discussion paper exploring residential infill. Keith holds a Master’s in Public Policy from American University, and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • Areas of Interest

    Rural housing and development, smart growth planning and policies, environmental economics

It is impossible to find a Keith in his natural environment without his statistical software.