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.
Quincy Rasin, State & Local Policy Intern
Quincy Rasin is a native of New Bern, North Carolina. He majored in Public Policy and Administration at Wagner College. He was a student leader who created community through his involvement as an Orientation Coordinator, a Resident Assistant, a mentor in the LEAD Academy (a group to assist students of color transition to college) and as the Vice President for both Delta Nu Fraternity and the Inter-Fraternal Council. He was a member of the Black Student Union, and a founding member of the Black and Latino Male Initiative. He was a record-setting sprinter on the Men's Track and Field Team.
When he was not on campus he spent his time volunteering at the Eagle Academy on Staten Island, mentoring young boys of color. For his senior thesis, Quincy considered the impact of gentrification on communities of color and was motivated by his internship with the New York City Housing Authority. Eventually, he plans on pursuing a career in politics to help support issues dealing with equal opportunity and discrimination.