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Robert E. Finn 

Director of Policy and Research  
877-542-4842 ext. 151

Robert E. Finn serves as Director of Policy and Research for the Center for Community Progress where he oversees the development and management of an active policy advocacy program focused on the development of new policy responses to vacancy and abandonment at the state and federal levels.


Prior to joining the Community Progress team, Rob served as the Legislative Affairs Director for the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. In that role, he led a team of attorneys in the development and implementation of legislation and regulations aimed to protect vulnerable tenants and consumers, improve the District’s vacant building enforcement program and adopt updated construction codes.


Rob previously served as Public Policy Associate at the National Community Stabilization Trust, where he worked at the federal, state and local levels to develop and advance policies beneficial to communities harmed by distressed properties and blight.


A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Rob practiced law with a diverse litigation portfolio that included landlord-tenant, employment, civil rights and complex commercial litigation, as well as extensive appellate experience at the State and Federal levels. He served for six years as the Tenant Advocate for the Township of North Bergen, where he also prosecuted Housing, Building and Zoning Code violations. Rob completed a fellowship in the Housing Law Unit of South Brooklyn Legal Services and is a certified mediator.


Rob received his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Wesleyan University. He works out of the National Office in Washington, DC and lives with his husband in the Old City neighborhood of the Northeast DC.