Alan Mallach is a senior fellow at Community Progress, America’s nonprofit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.”
Mallach is a city planner, advocate and writer, nationally known for his work on housing, economic development, and urban revitalization. He has worked with local governments and community organizations across the country to develop creative policies and strategies to revitalize cities and neighborhoods.
A former director of housing & economic development in Trenton, New Jersey, Mallach currently teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute in New York City. He has worked at the Brookings Institution and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and has spoken on housing and urban issues in the United States, Europe, Israel and Japan. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Mallach’s most recent book is The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America, which charts the course of change in shrinking Rust Belt cities, and the uneven effects of urban revival on lower income residents and communities of color. Among his other books are A Decent Home: Planning, Building and Preserving Affordable Housing, and Bringing Buildings Back: From Vacant Properties to Community Assets, which has become a resource for thousands of planners, lawyers, public officials and community leaders dealing with problem property and revitalization issues.
Mallach is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds a BA from Yale University.