Neighborhood Fundamentals is hiring a fall State & Local Policy Intern. Read the full job description and apply to

Michael A. Spotts, President



Michael A. Spotts is the founder and President of Neighborhood Fundamentals, LLC. He has over a decade of experience providing research and technical assistance to on-the-ground practitioners in both the public and private sectors, at every level of government, and in urban, suburban and rural areas. 

Prior to founding Neighborhood Fundamentals, he worked for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. from 2009-2017 as part of the Public Policy team. During this time, he conducted research and analysis of affordable housing and community development policies. He managed Enterprise’s federal transit-oriented development (TOD) policy activities and Expanding the Supply of Affordable Homes program.

Michael serves as a member of the board of directors for the Arlington (Va.) Partnership for Affordable Housing and the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance. He also serves on the policy committee for Arlington's Alliance for Housing Solutions and the Urban Land Institute's Baltimore-DC TOD Product Council. He previously served as a member of the Arlington County Community Development Citizen’s Advisory Committee. From 2013 – 2015, he served as vice-chair of the Arlington’s Affordable Housing Study working group, which assisted in developing the county’s Affordable Housing Master Plan and Implementation Framework. In 2017, he was named as one of "40 under 40" honorees for the Washington, DC region by the Leadership Center for Excellence.

Prior experience in the community development field includes work with the Housing Assistance Council, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Allegheny County (Pa.) Economic Development, and the Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Michael received a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated summa cum laude from Dickinson College in 2006, and received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community and Economic Development from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008.

Anjerrika Bean, Policy & Community Development Intern


Anjerrika Bean is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology with a concentration in criminology and inequality at Howard University. As a researcher, Anjerrika examines race, gender and sexuality as it relates to Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence in the Faith-Based community. Implications of her research will provide a greater understanding of how marginalized social groups (i.e. women, racial minority groups, and communities, etc.) adopt, internalize, negotiate, and challenge hegemonic conceptions of race, gender and sexuality. Recently, Anjerrika is served as the fall (2017-2018) President of Howard University Graduate Student Council. She is also a Frederick Douglass Fellow. Prior to her arrival at Howard University, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Leadership from the College of Biblical studies in 2010. She continued her higher educational pursuit and earned her Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from Prairie View A & M University in 2012. Anjerrika is a proud United States Air Force veteran where she served as a Security Forces Police Officer at home and abroad. Because of her ability to innovate, organize, direct, and implement sustainable community programs, she aspires to obtain a position as a Director of Research and Policy to focus on socioeconomic injustices.

Andrew Warren, State & Local Policy Intern


Andrew Warren recently moved to the DC area from Richmond, where he was a summer research intern with The Commonwealth Institute. There, he produced analysis of Virginia state fiscal policies with a particular focus on their impacts on low-income communities. Prior to The Commonwealth Institute, Andrew completed a year of AmeriCorps service at Bay Aging in Middlesex County, Virginia under the Virginia Housing Alliance's homeless services VISTA program. His passion for housing policy was shaped by his volunteer experiences on a local bond measure campaign in Portland, Oregon. Andrew has a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College.