Mark Treskon is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His current projects include an evaluation of financial coaching programs and a study measuring the effects of arts-related initiatives on community development. His research interests include housing and homeownership policy as well as neighborhood development and change. Treskon has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on community-based planning, home lending policy advocacy, and the arts economy. He has a broad background in quantitative and qualitative research and geographic information systems. Previously, Treskon worked on policy issues around taxation, higher education, and economic development at the Center for Working Families. He has also researched housing and home lending issues for the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Treskon has a bachelor’s in geography from the University of Chicago, a master’s in urban planning from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in sociology from New York University.