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February 18, 2021

Mobility and Opportunity with David Williams

How can we use big data to improve upward mobility in America? In this episode, Steve and Corey talk with David Williams, director of Policy Outreach at Opportunity Insights – a research and public policy lab at Harvard University that is dedicated to identifying economic and social mobility opportunities. Together, they discuss recent initiatives that help identify barriers to economic opportunity and empower people to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes.

  • Chapter 1: 0:00 - 4:00 – Background on Opportunity Insights
  • Chapter 2: 4:00 - 17:30 – Economic mobility and big data
  • Chapter 3: 17:30 - 21:30 – King County example
  • Chapter 4: 21:30 - 28:00 – Barriers to moving to opportunity
  • Chapter 5: 28:00 - 33:30 – Furthering opportunity by staying in place
  • Chapter 6: 33:30 - 37:30 – COVID impacts: education and low-income
  • Chapter 7: 37:30 - end – How housing plays into the recovery

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About the Podcast Hosts

Steve Guggenmos

Steve Guggenmos
VP Research & Modeling

Steve leads multifamily research at Freddie Mac. In this role he performs research related to national and market-specific multifamily conditions. His team supports the multifamily business by developing models and quantitative approaches that determine risk-based capital allocations. The models capture loan level risks and also the benefits of the diversification and structural credit support for pools of multifamily mortgages, supporting the core business strategies of Freddie Mac Multifamily.

Corey Aber

Corey Aber
Senior Director of Mission, Policy and Strategy

Corey is the Senior Director of Mission, Policy and Strategy at Freddie Mac Multifamily. In this role, he oversees our Duty to Serve initiatives as well as research and development activities that further our support for affordable housing and underserved markets nationwide.

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