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.
GraceAnne Lourie, State & Local Policy Intern
GraceAnne Lourie is a recent honor’s graduate from the Master’s in Sustainability Science and Policy program at the University of Maastricht, in the Netherlands. As a researcher, GraceAnne’s focus is on how decision makers, planners, and other civil actors can make cities sustainable in many different domains, improving livability for all. Her international education and experience gives her a global mindset while maintaining this local scale. For her master’s thesis, GraceAnne built a GIS model to assess the physical activity functionality of urban green space, and investigated the spatial relationship between this functionality and the elderly population of the case study city. Prior to her master’s degree, GraceAnne graduated in 2017 with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology undergraduate program. GraceAnne values research with practical applications, and aspires to gain expertise in a variety of urban sustainability topics, including transportation, housing, green space, adaptive governance, and resilient planning.
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.
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.