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Amber S. Hendley joined Woodstock Institute as a Research Associate in 2022. As part of the research team, Amber helps produce the organization’s research reports and develops and disseminates data for the Institute’s online Data Portal and interactive mapping tool.
While at Roosevelt University’s Policy Research Collaborative, Amber authored two reports examining housing discrimination patterns in Chicago’s 2019-2021 rental markets. In June 2021, she coauthored Public Housing Authority Homeownership Programs: Scaling Up a Powerful Yet Underutilized Tool to Restore Wealth Building Opportunities. This report focused on the opportunities, barriers, and impacts of public housing authority homeownership programs as they relate to Black voucher holders. In May 2019, she co-authored The Plunder of Black Wealth in Chicago: New Findings on the Lasting Toll of Predatory Housing Contracts, a publication that quantified the amount legally and unjustly extracted from the Black community in Chicago through predatory residential contract selling during the Second Great Migration. This study was released at a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago symposium.
Amber earned an M.A. in Analytical and Political Economy at Duke University and a B.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Florida State University.