Welcome to another edition of our blog series, A Day in the Life, which will introduce you to HUD employees and the highlight the important work they do.
Today, we meet Robyn Bowen who serves as an Economist in the Economic and Market Analysis Division, Atlanta regional office.
What is your typical day like?
My typical day consists of research, analysis, or writing. On some days, I am immersed in intense research activities which entail gathering economic and housing data for a housing market report or an application review for HUD’s multifamily mortgage insurance programs. Assembling the data necessary to perform our market analyses takes a great deal of effort and time, so I could spend many days doing research. After the research process is done, I analyze the data. Like the research phase, analyzing data is intense, and I spend several days studying and reconciling the data to assess current market conditions and estimate future housing demand. Other days are spent writing a report or memorandum that ultimately details my findings.
What is the overarching task of your position?
The overarching task of my position is to produce market analyses and reports that help the Department in its efforts to maintain stable housing markets, promote affordable housing, and avoid adverse impact on existing supplies. As a Field Economist, I collect and maintain data on demographic, economic and housing market conditions, conduct comprehensive housing market analyses for publication, prepare regional summaries of housing market conditions and local housing market profiles for publication in U.S. Housing Market Conditions reports, contribute to the Regional Scorecard, conduct special studies, fulfill data requests, and review new construction and substantial rehabilitation applications submitted under HUD’s multifamily mortgage insurance programs.
How long have you been in your current role?
I have been a Field Economist for 7 years.
Most exciting part of your job?
The most exciting part of my job is knowing that the work I do is important and makes a difference in the lives of others. The market intelligence EMAD provides is essential in maintaining the mission of HUD and ultimately helps those in need which is very important to me. Being a part of EMAD allows me to have a positive impact on something that everyone needs and one of the most important sectors of our national economy, housing. The work we do is thought provoking and constantly evolving. Our work products are consistently updated and provided to the public so there is never a dull moment. Coming to work each day knowing that today is another opportunity for me to share the wealth of economic knowledge that EMAD and PD&R has, makes every day that much more exciting.
Most challenging part of your job?
EMAD is the go-to source for local and regional market data for many departments within HUD and outside entities as well, including lenders, developers, and even students. I think the most challenging part of my job is making sure I do my best to provide the most thorough and accurate data and analyses possible for every person that looks to us to be experts in our field. Dealing with so many types of data takes extreme focus to make sure you fulfill every request for data in an in-depth yet timely manner.
Where did you work prior to your position at HUD?
This position was the first job I took after graduating from graduate school. Prior to working for HUD, I attended Emory University for my bachelor’s degree in economics then went on to attend Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy, where I received my master’s degree in economics.
Thanks for stopping by and sure to check back next month for a new edition of A Day in the Life!
Joe Phillips is a Regional Public Affairs Officer in HUD’s Atlanta regional office.