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 County 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.
Subira Brown, State and Local Policy Intern
Subira Brown graduated cum laude from Andrews University with a bachelors in biology and minors in community and international development and chemistry. Her interest in housing was sparked during a study tour in Madagascar on the continent of Africa. There she worked with local residents providing sustainable housing options to address the health needs of the community. Upon graduation, she joined the Obama Administration as a White House intern and then took a political appointment in the Department of Homeland Security White House Liaison Office. There she gained a better understanding of the operations of the public sector. Currently, Subira also works full-time as a development associate for a DC-based non-profit coordinating events, organizing logistics for fundraisers, evaluating special projects, and managing the donor database and volunteers.
Recognizing the impact the community has on a person’s health and development, Subira readily supports efforts working with children and vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. In addition to volunteering in her community, in the last four years she has worked with New York City-based shelters to provide over 500 children experiencing homelessness with school supplies, backpacks, and notes of encouragement for the new school year.
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