David J. Erickson

David J. Erickson, MBA, is director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and edits the Federal Reserve journal Community Development Investment Review. His research areas in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development, and institutional changes that benefit low-income communities. Erickson has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on economic history and public policy. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. 

David has been a leader in the collaboration between the Federal Reserve and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in bringing the health sector together with community development.  To date, this collaboration has resulted in 24 conferences around the country and numerous publications, including a cluster of articles in Health Affairs in November, 2011.  His book on the history of community development, The Housing Policy Revolution:  Networks and Neighborhoods, was published in 2009 by the Urban Institute Press.  He also co-edited Investing in What Works for America’s Communities:  Essays on People, Place, and Purpose (2012); What Counts:  Harnessing Data for America’s Communities (2014); and What It’s Worth:  Strengthening the Financial Futures of Families, Communities and the Nation (2015). 

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