Keynote Speakers - PHFA Commonwealth Housing Forum 

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May 11-12, 2022

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ira Goldstein

Ira Goldstein, Ph.D., is President of Policy Solutions at Reinvestment Fund, a results-oriented, socially responsible community investment group. Goldstein has conducted spatial and statistical analyses in communities across the U.S. Those studies are used by government and philanthropy to craft policy and allocate public and philanthropic resources. He also has conducted studies of mortgage lending disparities, reverse mortgages, mortgage foreclosures and predatory/abusive lending practices. His work supported government-initiated civil rights and consumer protection cases. Goldstein created Reinvestment Fund’s proprietary Market Value Analysis (MVA), used in communities across the U.S., and led the creation of Reinvestment Fund’s childcare access gap analysis.

For more than 30 years, Goldstein has been a lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania's Urban Studies program. He instructs in research methods, statistics, and housing policy. Goldstein is a Fellow with the Penn’s Institute for Urban Research and sits on the Board of Children First PA. Before coming to Reinvestment Fund, Goldstein served as Mid-Atlantic Director of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at HUD.

  Barriers to Homeownership, Report by Reinvestment Fund, Funded by PHFA, Released May 11, 2022

Dr. Elliot Eisenberg

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational. He is the chief economist for GraphsandLaughs, a Miami-based economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States. He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily, 70-word commentary on the economy that is available at

Dr. Eisenberg was formerly a senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments). He also is the author of more than 100 articles, serves on the Expert Advisory Board of Mortgage Market Guide and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, financial institutions and investment advisory groups. Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a master's degree and a Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.

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