Solomon Greene

Senior Fellow
Organization: The Urban Institute

Solomon Greene is a senior fellow in the Research to Action Lab and the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. His research focuses on how land-use and housing policy can improve access to opportunity and how data and technology can support inclusive urban development. Before joining Urban, Greene was a senior adviser at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he helped develop federal policies to reduce residential segregation and expand housing and neighborhood choice. He was HUD’s principal adviser on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Greene was a senior program officer at the Open Society Foundations, where he managed grants and programs on affordable housing, community development, and fair access to credit. He launched and led the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, the first and largest philanthropic initiative addressing the impacts of the foreclosure crisis on low-income communities. Greene was a law fellow at NYU Furman, an adjunct professor at NYU Wagner, a law clerk for the Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Greene serves on the board of directors for the National Housing Law Project, the American Bar Association COVID-19 Task Force Committee on Evictions, and the advisory board for Up for Growth. He also served on the board of the Neighborhood Funders Group. Greene received his BA from Stanford University, his MCP from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from Yale Law School.

  • People who receive vouchers or other forms of federal or local housing assistance are not protected from discrimination by federal fair housing or civil rights laws, and in most places, landlords can legally refuse to rent to voucher holders. Researchers will assess whether and under what conditions state and local protections reduce landlord discrimination and improve the rate at which voucher holders are successful at finding housing.