Nicholas Finio, Ph.D.

Associate Director and Assistant Research Professor

Nick Finio, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of NCSG, and a graduate of the UMD Urban and Regional planning URPD PhD and MCP programs. His research is focused on the measurement, causes, and consequences of neighborhood change and the links between social inequality and land use policy and regional planning. He works primarily works on community development projects and housing research with Kathryn Howell, Gerrit Knaap, and Casey Dawkins.  Nick supports the Purple Line Corridor Coalition in its efforts to create a more equitable and sustainable transit corridor through data analysis, research, writing, and public engagement. His work has been funded by Montgomery County, Maryland, NCHRP, HUD, the Federal Transit Administration, and the State of Maryland. As Associate Director, Nick supports the day-to-day operations of NCSG through coordination with staff, students, and faculty on various issues.

Nick’s graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Economics in 2010. Following that, he worked at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC for several years. Nick joined NCSG in the Fall of 2013 as a Graduate Assistant in the URSP Community Planning program, graduated in May 2015, and started the URPD PhD program in the fall of 2015. In 2018 while Nick was working on his PhD, he accepted a full-time faculty position at NCSG as a researcher to work on PLCC and sustainability research projects.¬† He was responsible for planning NCSG’s “Smart Growth at 20” workshop in April 2018 and Makeover Montgomery 5 in 2022.

See Nick’s academic publications here, on google scholar.

Read Nick’s blog posts on urban issues here at Greater Greater Washington.

View Nick’s dissertation defense video from April 2022 here. Passcode: QD9GkIL$

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