Carolina Reid is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley and Faculty Research Advisor for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Dr. Reid specializes in housing and community development, with a specific focus on access to credit, homeownership and wealth inequality. She has most recently published on the impact of the foreclosure crisis on low-income and minority communities, the role of the Community Reinvestment Act during the subprime crisis, and the importance of anti-predatory lending laws for consumer protection. Dr. Reid is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Dr. Reid brings nearly two decades of professional experience to her research and teaching. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Reid analyzed on the impact of certain provisions of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on low-income and minority households’ future access to credit. Before that, she served for six years as the Research Manager for the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. At the SF Fed, Dr. Reid published numerous journal and policy articles on topics related to housing and community development, and helped to build the capacity of local stakeholders—including banks, nonprofits, and local governments—to undertake community development activities, especially in the areas of affordable housing, early childhood education, asset building, and neighborhood revitalization.
Dr. Reid has also held positions with the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., where she worked on urban environmental issues and environmental impacts on health; the Environmental Health and Social Policy Center in Seattle, where she contributed to the evaluation of Jobs-Plus, a welfare-to-work demonstration program for residents of public housing and; the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment based out of Penang, Malaysia, where she managed a project exploring how indigenous knowledge about environmental change could be integrated into international environmental decision-making processes.
Dr. Reid lives in the East Bay with her husband and son.