Shanti Abedin is the senior project coordinator for lending with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). In this role, she manages NFHA's education and outreach and investigations on the maintenance and marketing of real estate owned (REO) properties. She also provides data analysis and mapping expertise for many of NFHA's other projects and enforcement actions. Prior to joining NFHA, Abedin worked with the New South Wales Department of Planning in Sydney, Australia, as a research editor with the Department of Special Projects, publishing four publications in the Connecting Cities series on key urban planning issues for the Metropolis Congress in 2008. She also worked as a research officer at Janaagraha, a not-for-profit organization based in Bangalore, India, that works with citizens and the government to improve the quality of life in Indian cities and towns.
Katrin B. Anacker is an assistant professor at George Mason's School of Public Policy in Arlington, Virginia. Her research interests are in housing, housing and urban policy, inequality, real estate markets, research methods, and research design. She is the review editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research and was the cohost of the national conference Suburbs and the 2010 Census in Arlington, Virginia, in July 2011. Her work has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Housing Policy Debate, Urban Geography, International Journal of Housing Policy, and Housing and Society. Before joining George Mason University's School of Public Policy, she was a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor at Virginia Tech in Alexandria, Virginia, where she served as coeditor of the academic journal Housing Policy Debate and where she served as conference manager of the international conference A Suburban World: Global Decentralization and the New Metropolis hosted in Reston, Virginia, in April 2008.
David Berenbaum serves as the chief program officer of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). He is a responsible for implementing NCRC's policy, private enforcement, National Neighbors, and national housing counseling intermediary initiatives, as well as related fraud, fair lending, and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing training programs. He has testified before Congress many times on a wide range of issues—most recently on solutions to the current foreclosure crisis. Over the past twenty years, he has attained national recognition for fair housing and related consumer protection advocacy—e.g., NCRC's recent civil rights complaints against Wall Street's rating agencies and the successful challenge of the use of discriminatory credit overlays in the FHA loan program—and has appeared as an expert on numerous national news programs, including Dateline NBC, 48 Hours, The CBS Evening News, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, and others. His recent work on fair lending compliance issues through mystery shopping has also been extensively covered by the media. Berenbaum previously served as the executive director of Long Island Housing Services in New York and the Equal Rights Center in Washington.
Saqib Bhatti is the senior researcher and campaigner for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and works closely with unions and community organizations across the country to develop strategic campaigns to hold banks accountable for their role in creating and profiteering off the economic crisis. He plays a critical role in analyzing complex financial issues and then demystifying and translating those iss...