Join us for an expert discussion on COVID-19’s devastating impact on the U.S. economy.

Andrew Stettner, senior fellow at The Century Foundation, will discuss Congress’ emergency response to the pandemic, the likely impact of the relief measures, and what actions lawmakers should take next to ensure an inclusive, equitable economic recovery. Joining the conversation will be Katherine O’Regan, professor of public policy and planning at NYU Wagner and a faculty director of NYU’s Furman Center, who will discuss the housing side of the recovery and avoiding another housing crisis. 

After the discussion, stick around for a Q&A with the experts. Please register to obtain the Zoom link, which will be sent twenty-four hours before the event.

Presented by NYU Wagner, NYU Urban Initiative, and The Century Foundation.

A recording of the event is available below.

Speaker Bios

Andrew Stettner is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. His career as a nonprofit leader spans twenty years of experience modernizing workforce protections and social insurance programs at every level, including community organizing, research, policy, and program development. At the National Employment Law Project, he spearheaded a decade-long effort to realign the unemployment insurance safety net with the needs of the modern workforce that culminated with a multi-billion-dollar package of reforms enacted in the Recovery Act in 2009. In 2010, he was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance in recognition of his leadership in the field and received a Jewish Funds for Justice Cornerstone Award for outstanding contribution to social justice by leaders under the age of 40. After working at NELP, he took his research on low take up of social insurance into action designing and implementing multi-million-dollar benefits enrollment initiatives first at Seedco and then at Single Stop USA. He has published dozens of policy reports and been frequently cited in media outlets across the country. He is a graduate of Columbia University where he earned a B.A. in Psychology, and also holds an M.P.P. in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Katherine O’Regan is professor of public policy and planning at NYU Wagner. She also serves as faculty director of the Master of Science in Public Policy Program and faculty director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. She spent April 2014–January 2017 in the Obama administration, serving as the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and spent ten years teaching at the Yale School of Management prior to joining the Wagner faculty in 2000. She teaches courses in microeconomics, poverty, program evaluation, and urban economics, and has received teaching awards from Berkeley, Yale, and NYU.

Her primary research interests are at the intersection of poverty and space—the conditions and fortunes of poor neighborhoods and those who live in them. Her research includes work on a variety of affordable housing topics, from whether the Low Income Tax Credit contributes to increased economic and racial segregation, to whether the presence of housing voucher households contributes to neighborhood crime rates. Recent work also includes several projects examining neighborhood transitions over the past few decades, including possible broad causes (changes in federal housing policy, and changes in crime, in particular), and outcomes (including possible displacement, and improvements in neighborhood conditions). Among others, she has served on the board of the Reinvestment Fund, the advisory board for NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, and the editorial board for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

About WAGTalks: The COVID-19 Series

NYU Wagner and the NYU Urban Initiative present a series of virtual “WAGTalks” addressing a variety of sociopolitical and historical perspectives related to the current COVID crisis. These discussions will feature faculty and scholars from across NYU speaking on critical aspects of the pandemic, followed by Q&A. 

About The Century Foundation

The Century Foundation is a progressive public policy think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. Founded in 1919, TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, nonpartisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better. TCF is based in New York, with a satellite office in Washington, D.C. Follow the organization on Twitter at @TCFdotorg and learn more at