Solomon Greene is a senior program officer in the Equality Fund. He managed the former Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, a strategic grantmaking program to mitigate the impacts of the national foreclosure crisis on low-income communities and communities of color.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Greene served as a law fellow at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where his research focused on foreclosure law and strategies to promote affordable homeownership and increase credit access for underserved borrowers. While at NYU, he also co-taught a graduate colloquium on critical issues in contemporary urban policy. Greene continues to serve as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he teaches land use law. He has published on topics such as comparative welfare reform, the history of juvenile courts, and forced evictions in squatter communities.
Greene received a BA with highest honors and distinction from Stanford University, a master of city planning degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a JD from Yale Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.
After law school, Greene clerked for Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and served as a litigation associate at the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles. He has served as a law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission and a human rights fellow at the World Bank Institute, where he developed a set of best practices for legal titling of informal housing in developing countries.
Prior to pursuing his graduate degrees, Greene held leadership positions within several community development and affordable housing organizations, including the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing, Mission Housing Development Corporation, and Hearth Homes Community Building.