Ira Goldstein, Ph.D., is the Director of Policy and Information Services at The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a results-oriented, socially responsible community investment group that works across the Mid-Atlantic region. In keeping with TRF's mission, Dr. Goldstein's research addresses those issues that make a difference for low-wealth people and places. A nationally recognized expert on housing-related policy issues with a specialty in mortgage foreclosures and predatory lending analyses, Dr. Goldstein has conducted detailed analyses of foreclosures throughout the mid-Atlantic, for each state and for the Federal Reserve, resulting in protection and benefits to tens of thousands of homeowners. Dr. Goldstein’s research and expert testimony have provided the PA Human Relations Commission, legal service attorneys, and law enforcement agencies the data upon which to build their cases.
Dr. Goldstein currently serves on the Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee under an appointment by Governor Rendell and is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining TRF, he was the Director of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Along with three colleagues from Temple University, Dr. Goldstein co-authored the just released book Restructuring the Philadelphia Region: Metropolitan Divisions and Inequality. Dr. Goldstein holds a Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in sociology from Temple University.
Courses: URBS 200-301 (Introduction to Urban Research), URBS 454-401/URBS 554/CPLN 559 (City Limits: The Impact of Urban Public Policy)