Brendan McLaughlin

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Brendan McLaughlin is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he teaches Real Estate Finance. He also serves as Director of Special Underwriting in the Executive Office of Development at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In this role, he is responsible for reviewing Development projects receiving City subsidy, conducting financial feasibility studies for potential new development projects, and financial analyses related to housing policy.

Previously, Brendan held various roles in corporate strategy, investor relations, and capital markets in the financial services industry. He served as Vice President of Business Development/Strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and prior to that, as Assistant Vice President of Investor Relations at Citigroup. Brendan began his career at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in the U.S. Equity Research Division as an Associate Research Analyst covering the freight transportation sector.

Brendan has played an active role in bridging the educational achievement gap for low-income youth through his involvement with Minds Matter of NYC. In his time at Minds Matter, he served on the organization’s Board of Directors in several capacities, including Vice Chairman, with a focus on Organizational Development and Governance, and held several positions on both the NYC and National Executive Committees. Brendan began his time at Minds Matter in 2003 as a volunteer mentor.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at Columbia University.

The course introduces students to the basic tools of real estate analysis and finance. The development and redevelopment of urban real estate, especially housing, is examined from a public policy perspective. Students will learn the acquisition and development process and master the basics of project-level real estate economics. Emphasis is on the financial structure of real estate projects, including tax implications, and how a variety of public policies can influence private development activity.The course will provide substantial foundation and background for broader study in real estate finance. Through lectures, case studies, financial modeling, and presentations by practitioners, students will receive a practical understanding of housing policy, housing finance, affordable housing finance, and development fundamentals. 

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