Marc Smith, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow
Marc Smith was the director of the Housing Data Clearinghouse and Professor of Finance at DePaul University. Prior to that he was Associate Professor in Human Ecology and the State Housing Specialist in the Extension program at the University of Wisconsin. He spent almost twenty years at the University of Florida where he became an Associate Professor and the co-director of the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing.

Dr. Smith’s responsibilities have included provision of technical assistance and training to local governments and nonprofit housing organizations, housing data analysis, policy and market studies for state and local government, community outreach, on-campus teaching, and research. He has been principal investigator on a number of funded research projects including a series of contracts with the Florida Department of Community Affairs and Florida Housing Finance Corporation to develop and implement an affordable housing needs assessment methodology for local jurisdictions in the state. Other projects have included Community Outreach Partnership Center funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a Fannie Mae Foundation funded university-community partnership, studies of neighborhood indicators and loan delinquency in the portfolios of Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation funded organizations, and an evaluation of a HOPE VI project in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Smith has published over 40 articles and book chapters, focusing on affordable housing needs assessment, the impact of local regulations on housing, evaluation of housing programs, homeownership, and capacity of nonprofit housing organizations.

He received his Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Real Estate from The Ohio State University.