NAHB’s Economists

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy for NAHB, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, economic forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research. Dr. Dietz has published academic research on the private and social benefits of homeownership, federal tax expenditure estimation, and other housing and tax issues in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Housing Research, the National Tax Journal and the NBER Working Paper series. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy on housing and economic issues. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, specializing in revenue estimation of legislative proposals involving housing, urban development, and other business tax issues. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003.

Ashok Chaluvadi is a senior research associate for the NAHB Economics group responsible for conducting and assisting with surveys, such as those measuring builder sentiment, finance issues and other related housing industry surveys. He also provides information on housing topics and related issues to NAHB members, staff, financial institutions, Wall Street companies and other individuals. He has a M.A. in Economics from Ohio University.

Robert Denk is NAHB Assistant Vice President for Forecasting and Analysis. His responsibilities include developing econometric models of national, state and metropolitan area housing activity, as well as providing ad hoc analyses on a range of housing sector issues. Denk has been an economist in Washington DC for over 20 years, working in the private, non-profit and government sectors. He received a B.S. from the College of Social Sciences at Michigan State University and an M.A. in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Paul Emrath, Ph.D., is Vice President for Survey and Housing Policy Research for NAHB where his responsibilities include conducting statistical and economic research for NAHB and its local affiliates, as well as managing NAHB’s Survey and Housing Policy departments. The Survey Department conducts the monthly survey that generates the widely cited NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, as well as special surveys such as the one used to break down construction costs in a new home. The Housing Policy Research department conducts a broad range of policy-related research such as estimating the economic impact of home building and analyzing proposed government regulations changes for NAHB committees and councils. Since joining NAHB in 1992, Dr. Emrath has developed many of the statistical methods NAHB uses to analyze housing data, produced over 700 local impact of home building studies, and published more than 150 articles on a wide variety of housing related topics—twice winning National Investment Center awards for articles on 55+ housing. Before being promoted to Vice President, he worked for NAHB as Housing Policy Analyst (1992-1994), Director of Survey Analysis (1994-1995), Senior Economist (1995-1999), Regulatory Economist (1999-2001), and Assistant Vice President (2001-2009). Prior to joining NAHB, he taught economic theory and statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for four years. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Carmel Ford is a Research Associate at NAHB. Her responsibilities include the preparation and analysis of quarterly and monthly surveys. She also monitors and analyzes economic data related to the housing industry. Prior to the NAHB, Carmel was a Research Analyst at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center. Carmel received a M.A. in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University in 2012.

Jing Fu is a Senior Economist at NAHB. She monitors developments in the economy to identify trends and issues related to the housing industry. She also assists in forecasting and analyzing the state and metropolitan area housing market, producing research and articles detailing sectors and the geography of the home building industry. Prior to joining NAHB, Jing worked at Thomson Reuters as a data specialist and has extensive knowledge and experience on quantitative research and large data set analysis. She holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Kansas and is currently completing the requirements for her Ph.D.

David Logan is Director of Tax Policy Analysis at NAHB. Prior to joining NAHB, David was a Senior Researcher at the Brookings Institution and held staff positions on Capitol Hill, including Chief Economist for the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee and Senior Economist for the Joint Economic Committee. He has extensive experience with tax, budget, monetary, trade, and housing policy.  David holds an M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Stephen Melman, J.D., is NAHB Director of Economic Services. Melman is a spokesman for NAHB’s forecast of new housing trends and the analysis of the home building industry. He has published numerous research articles on topics including industry structure and publicly traded builders. Before taking his current position, Melman was responsible for NAHB’s multifamily and federal housing program initiatives. Prior to NAHB, Melman was an Appeals Officer for the U.S. Civil Service Commission in Washington, D.C. He is a former president of Sinai House, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing for Washington homeless families. Melman earned a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, and a B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Michael Neal is an NAHB Senior Economist. In this capacity, he assists in the preparation of the state and metropolitan area forecast. He also monitors macroeconomic and financial issues that affect the U.S. housing market. He has a decade of experience in economic policy. Prior to joining NAHB, he worked at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Federal Reserve, and the Congressional Budget Office. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Morehouse College and a M.P.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rose Quint is NAHB Assistant Vice President for Survey Research. Ms. Quint holds a B.S. degree in Economics/International Business from Old Dominion University as well as a Master’s degree in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her responsibilities include planning and conducting industry surveys, specifically in the areas of builder sentiment, remodeling, housing affordability, and AD&C financing issues. Quint is also responsible for special research projects, such as studies on builders’ profitability, consumer preferences, construction costs, and membership census. She joined NAHB in 1999.

Natalia Siniavskaia, Ph.D., is NAHB Assistant Vice President for Housing Policy Research. She leads a wide range of statistical and economic research on various homebuilding regulation and housing policy topics, including construction labor and immigration, environmental and zoning regulation, housing affordability, and the economic impact of home building, among others. While working for NAHB, she developed a model for estimating housing’s contribution to Gross State Product. Before being promoted to Assistant Vice President, she worked at NAHB as Housing Policy Economist and Senior Housing Policy Economist. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Dr. Siniavskaia was Assistant Professor of Economics at the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida and Senior Analyst at Corporate Executive Board. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University.

Na Zhao, Ph.D. is a Housing Policy Economist at NAHB. She is responsible for analyzing the local economic impact of home building and analyzing housing and industry data. She also conducts economic research on housing policies and monitors developments in government housing and real estate policies. She holds a M.A. in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a M.S. in Consumer Behavior and Family Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics in 2015.