People and Partners

Faculty & Staff

Myron Orfield, Institute Director, is a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. He is one of the country’s foremost authorities on metropolitan governance, has authored three groundbreaking books on metropolitan affairs, and is a frequent media commentator for PBS, National Public Radio, U.S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal and numerous others.

Thomas Luce, Ph.D., Research Director, is an accomplished researcher in metropolitan studies.

Eric Myott, Research Fellow, has a master’s degree in geographic information science and 20 years of experience.

Will Stancil, Research Fellow, has a J.D. (‘13), and master’s degrees in public policy and modern history.

National Partner Organizations

Nationally, the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO) has provided consultation, research and other assistance to wide variety of organizations including:

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Brookings Institution
  • Building One America
  • Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice
  • Chicago Community Trust
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Fund for an OPEN Society
  • Gamaliel Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Housing Preservation Project
  • Human Relations Foundation
  • Inclusive Communities Project
  • ISAIAH
  • Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
  • Legal Aid Society
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • New Jersey Regional Coalition
  • PlanSmart New Jersey
  • Poverty & Race Research Action Council
  • The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (UCLA)
  • Transportation Equity Network
  • White House Office of Urban Affairs

Local Partner Organizations

Locally, IMO has worked with a large number of research, advocacy and professional organizations, including:

  • Association of Metropolitan Municipalities
  • Association of Metropolitan School Districts
  • Brown Power Base Project
  • Centro Campesino
  • Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research
  • Home Defenders League
  • ISAIAH
  • Latino Economic Development Center
  • MICAH
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Population Center
  • Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission
  • Minneapolis Urban League
  • Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
  • Service Employees International Union
  • Take Action Minnesota
  • Transit for Livable Communities
  • Twin Cities Metropolitan Council, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (University of Minnesota)
  • Twin Cities School Districts
  • Twin Cities West Metro Education Program
  • University United (a coalition of neighborhood organizations in the University Avenue transit corridor)

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