Hilary Botien Appointed by Mayor de Blasio to the Rent Guidelines Board
Associate Professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs Selected for Expertise in Real Estate Law and Urban Policy Planning
NEW YORK, NY – April 10, 2017 – Hilary Botein, PhD, an associate professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, has been appointed to New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The nine-member board is charged with establishing annual rent adjustments for more than 1 million dwelling units that are subject to rent stabilization in New York City.
In a press release announcing Dr. Botein’s appointment, along with that of Brooklyn Law Professor David Reiss, Mayor de Blasio said, "Professors Reiss and Botein are experts in real estate law and urban policy planning and will serve New Yorkers fairly as they work to strike the right balance on any rent adjustments.”
"This is an enormous vote of confidence in Hilary's scholarship and experience in housing markets," said David Birdsell, PhD, Marxe Dean of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.
Botein, who has been at Baruch College since 2007, teaches courses on housing policy, housing and community development policy, and a course for the National Urban Fellows graduate program.
"It's an honor to have been chosen to represent the people of New York City on the Rent Guidelines Board,” said Botein. “I'm looking forward to gathering and reviewing the information that we will use to make these important decisions."
Botein's research explores the factors that influence urban development, with special attention to the social politics of policies and programs underlying affordable housing and community development. She also is interested in how housing programs can meet the needs of vulnerable populations – and in how they fail.
Prior to her academic career, she worked for 18 years as an attorney and policy analyst on affordable housing and economic justice issues, primarily in New York City. She is the co-author of Home Safe Home: Housing Solutions for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (Rutgers University Press, 2016).
She received her PhD from the Division of Urban Planning at Columbia University, her JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and her BA from Swarthmore College.