Louise Elving

Louise Elving is Lecturer in the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies / Humphrey Fellows Program and a community development practitioner. She is a principal of VIVA Consulting and was previously Vice President of Housing Development for The Community Builders. She has 35 years of experience in community revitalization and the development of affordable and mixed-income housing. Her practice also includes capacity-building services to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. In addition, she has consulted with federal, state and municipal public agencies on program design and evaluation in such areas as housing finance, public housing, and resolving foreclosures. Louise has supervised the development of more than forty real estate development projects, creating over 4,000 new homes and working with residents to improve their livelihood and create more resilient neighborhoods through better community social services, employment, schools, recreation and public facilities.

She has consulted with the World Bank on housing programs in Botswana and with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the U.S./China Housing Innovation Initiative. She is a member of the Policy Leadership Council of Citizens Housing and Planning Association in Boston and is Chair of the Board of Homeowners Rehab, Inc. in Cambridge, MA. Louise has also served as a member of the DUSP Visiting Committee. Her publications include What Happens to Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties after 15 Years?, produced in partnership with Abt Associates. 

Louise received a BA with honors in English from Cornell University, an MA from the Committee on General Studies in the Humanities from University of Chicago, and an MCP from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.