Nela Richardson, Ph.D., is chief economist at Redfin, an online real estate brokerage and research firm. She leads the company’s efforts to leverage their vast database to inform consumers about the ever changing housing market.
Mrs. Richardson was previously at Bloomberg LP, where she served as a senior economist with Bloomberg Government, and served in past roles in the mortgage industry, capital markets and financial policy.
Before joining Bloomberg, Mrs. Richardson worked as a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and was a member of its Dodd-Frank financial reform rule making team. Prior to her work at the CFTC, she was a researcher at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, a senior economist at Freddie Mac and a graduate intern at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
In high school, she travelled her home state’s small towns as the state debate champion. It was an education, she told Fortune magazine, in learning to engage with people who think very differently.
Mrs. Richardson has taught economics and finance courses at both the University of Maryland and the John Hopkins Carey School of Business.
Mrs. Richardson holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University.