Mark Willis

Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, Resident Research Fellow


Mark A. Willis is a Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Prior to joining Furman, he enjoyed a year as a Visiting Scholar at the Ford Foundation, working on issues of community development and financial service reform. Previously, Mr. Willis spent 19 years in community-development banking at JPMorgan Chase overseeing its community development programs and products to help strengthen low- and moderate-income communities. He founded the Chase Community Development Corporation and became executive vice president and head of the Community Development Group with a staff of 250, outstandings in excess of $3 billion, and revenues of $30 million. Over those years, he had responsibility for the development and implementation of innovative lending and investment programs for affordable housing, community economic development, small businesses, and affordable home mortgages; community relations; and corporate oversight of Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Act compliance. Mr. Willis also served as the President of the Chase Manhattan Foundation from 1998 to 1999.