Research and Information
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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.
A displaced Kentuckian, who currently splits his time between Washington DC and Minnesota, Lance embodies the adage, “North Charm and Southern Efficiency.”
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.
Christina loves to travel off the beaten path and explore new places through food.
Manda LaPorte is a graduate student and Paul D. Coverdell fellow in the Applied Community and Economic Development Program at Illinois State University, working towards a master’s in Political Science. Since receiving her undergraduate degree in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Manda has worked for various community development organizations. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Nicaragua and Guatemala, respectively. After her service, she worked for Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Charlottesville area in a variety of positions ranging from construction to financial coaching. Through her time at Habitat, Manda has developed a strong passion for working in affordable housing and advocacy. She is excited to be able to continue her professional career with HAC and looks forward to her continued understanding and work in housing, especially within rural America.
With an equal love for nature and the finer things, Manda’s favorite type of adventure is glamping.
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.
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 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.
Leslie’s personal life includes an amazing son, meditation, rescued cats, and lots of crossword puzzles.
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.
Dan listens to far too many podcasts, and would prefer that all content be distilled in podcast format.
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.
It is impossible to find a Keith in his natural environment without his statistical software.