Alan Mallach is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington, D.C. A writer, scholar, practitioner and advocate, Mr. Mallach is widely known for his work on vacant and problem properties, as well as on larger issues of urban revitalization, neighborhood stabilization and affordable housing provision. As senior fellow with the Center, he has served as director of housing and economic development for the city of Trenton, New Jersey; as a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution; and in other positions. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Nevada Las Vegas; has lectured in the United States, Europe, Israel and Japan; and currently teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute in New York. His publications include many books, including A Decent Home: Planning, Building and Preserving Affordable Housing, which has been widely used by practitioners and policymakers as a guide to problem property strategies since it first appeared in 2005. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, holds a B.A. degree from Yale College and lives in Roosevelt, New Jersey.