Nela Richardson is the chief economist at Redfin, the national real estate brokerage. At Redfin, Richardson leads a team of data scientists and real estate journalists to compile the most up to date analysis of the real estate market. Richardson regularly provides consumer-focused insights on the economy, housing market trends and public policy to media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and CNN. She came to Redfin from Bloomberg Government where she was a senior economist specializing in financial regulation, government policy and housing. Before joining Bloomberg, she worked as a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and was a member of its Dodd-Frank financial reform rulemaking team. Prior to her work at the CFTC, She was a researcher at Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies and a senior economist at Freddie Mac. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland and degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University. She lives near Washington, DC with her husband and two sons.