Sam Chandan
Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment
Associate Dean
NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

Sam Chandan, PhD, is the Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment, and associate dean of the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate. In addition, he is partner, global head of strategy, and a member of the investment committee at Capri Capital, a multinational investment management firm with $3.5 billion of assets under management in the United States and investment platforms in sub-Saharan Africa and India. He also is founder of Chandan Economics, a leading provider of multifamily and commercial real estate mortgage data and risk analytics, and cohost of the Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM Business Radio.

A columnist for The Observer and GlobeSt.com, Chandan’s commentary on commercial and residential real estate markets and the broader economy has been featured regularly in national and global press, including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CNBC, and Bloomberg. He is the editor and coauthor of Real Estate Financing, published by PEI, and the lead investigator for Regulatory Design and Real Outcomes, a major study on the regulation of commercial real estate lending commissioned by the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC).

Chandan earned a PhD in applied economics from The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania; a bachelor’s degree in economics also from Wharton; and master’s degrees in economics and engineering from The University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his applied research on commercial real estate capital markets and risk analytics, his academic work has focused on issues relating to school access, housing affordability, and development economics.

Richard Florida
Clinical Research Professor


Richard Florida is a a clinical research professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies, the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with governments and companies worldwide.

Florida is perhaps the world’s leading urbanist, "as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America," according to The Economist. Esquire has included him on its annual list of "The Best and the Brightest," and Fast Company dubbed him an "intellectual rock star." MIT Technology Review recently named him one of the world’s most influential thinkers. GDI also named him one of the world’s global thought leaders of 2013.

Florida is the author of several global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class ("one of the best business books of all time"—800-CEO-READ), and is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as editor-at-large for Atlantic Cities, the world’s leading media site devoted to cities and urban affairs. He appears often on CNN and other news broadcasts and is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of major newspapers and magazines. TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.

Florida previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and at MIT. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and a PhD from Columbia University.

Steven Pedigo
Director, Urban Lab
Clinical Assistant Professor


Steven Pedigo is the director of the NYUSPS Urban Lab, an applied research center examining the intersection of real estate and cities, and a clinical assistant professor for economic development at the NYU School of Professional Studies.

As an expert and strategist in economic development, regional cooperation, and placemaking, Pedifo has advised an array of cities, Fortune 500 companies, and major media outlets around the globe. His city and urban development clients represent communities of all sizes and geographies: New York; Jerusalem; Vancouver; Washington, DC; Brisbane; the Yukon; Tulsa; Portland; Newark; San Diego-Tijuana; Miami; and Mexico City. His corporate clients include: BMW, Converse, Starwood, Philips, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Pinewood Studios, Zappos, and Kraft. Pedigo is also a fellow at Belas Artes in Sao Paolo, a visiting fellow at Florida International University, and a visiting professor of innovation at Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Prior to joining NYUSPS, Pedigo was a vice president and a member of the senior management team for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a national research organization founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter to encourage private-sector investment in distressed US urban centers.

Pedigo also has served in a variety of economic development roles. He was the vice president for business attraction and research for Greater Portland, Inc. (GPI), a regional economic development organization for the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region, and he started his career in economic development as the director of research for the Greater Washington Initiative (GWI). As a researcher and writer, his work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Dallas Morning News.

Pedigo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate degrees from the H. John Heinz III School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.