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Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of REALTORS®
Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and oversees the Research Group at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He supervises and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. 'He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1.4 million REALTORS?.
Dr. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Wall Street Journal Forecasting Survey. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. He also participates in the Industrial Economists Discussion Group at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He has appeared as a guest on CSPAN’s Washington Journal.
Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, realtor.com®
Danielle is responsible for developing and translating real estate trend data into consumer and industry insights. She also leads realtor.com®’s team of the industry’s top analysts and economists with the goal of providing deeper and broader housing insights to people throughout the home journey, industry professionals, and thought leaders.
Before joining realtor.com® in July 2017, Danielle spent nearly a decade as an economist and policy researcher at the National Association of REALTORS®. As managing director of housing research, Danielle oversaw the production of closely followed housing market data, including NAR’s monthly pending and existing home sales indices and quarterly home price reports. Danielle previously served as manager of tax policy research, leading research projects on topics including how federal, state and local policies impact the real estate market.
Prior to joining NAR as an economist in 2008, Danielle spent three years at the American Enterprise Institute, where she produced research and managed its executive office’s communications. Her work during that time included research contributions to Dr. Allan Meltzer’s A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume II (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Danielle earned her degrees from Florida State University and calls the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC home.
Secretary Mike Kennealy, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
As Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Mike Kennealy advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s agenda to create economic opportunity and new housing for residents. He leads the Administration’s efforts to strengthen Massachusetts’ leadership in the innovation economy while overseeing significant investments in affordable housing, and he shepherded through the Legislature the Administration’s third economic development bill, which included the most important zoning reform in decades. In response to the pandemic, Kennealy helped launch the state’s Manufacturing Emergency Response Team and co-chaired the Reopening Advisory Board. He is directing the state’s economic recovery by supporting small businesses and getting people back to work.
Kennealy combines a successful track record in business with a strong commitment to public service. He began his career in private equity at TA Associates. In 1997, he joined Spectrum Equity, a firm founded in 1994. During his more than 15 years at Spectrum, he helped grow the firm to become an established market leader with nearly $5 billion in assets under management and investments in over 100 high-growth companies in the information economy. After his career in private equity, Kennealy spent two years as Special Advisor to the Receiver at Lawrence Public Schools, working with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on the school district’s turnaround plan.
Prior to joining Governor Baker’s Cabinet as Secretary at the end of 2018, Kennealy served as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth at EOHED beginning in early 2015, playing an integral role in advancing the Administration’s strategy for job creation and business development.
Kennealy and his family live in Lexington, where they have been highly involved in town government, education and youth sports. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Kennealy received an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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