Dr. Myriam Igoufe
Vice President of Policy Development & Research
Dr. Myriam Igoufe is the vice president of Policy Development & Research for DHA. Dr. Igoufe leads DHA’s research initiatives, and the development and implementation of operational strategies to remove barriers to self-sufficiency and foster upward- mobility for communities chronically under-resourced in North Texas. She is responsible to perform research related to patterns of segregation, poverty, access to transportation and opportunities, and to operationalize responses to address these issues. Dr. Igoufe leads the design and development of innovative technological infrastructure to support policy and operational advancement for DHA.
Dr. Igoufe led the country’s largest collaborative group to develop the North Texas Fair Housing Assessment (22 local governments, PHAs, and County), which was part a new planning process established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requiring federal grantees to identify, evaluate, and address fair housing issues and factors contributing to discriminatory issues. In 2020, Dr. Igoufe and her team secured a multi-year applied research partnership with Harvard University’s research group ‘Opportunity Insights’ led by renowned economist Dr. Chetty. Recently, Dr. Igoufe and her team also were selected to participate in a nationwide initiative to advance diversity, equity & inclusion in education (‘The Bridges Collaborative’), led by The Century Foundation. Her work has received coverage from the Texas Tribune, NPR, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Business Journal, and others.
Dr. Igoufe also serves on the City of Dallas Undesign the Redline Advisory Board, the MDHA Racial Equity Committee, Commit’s Strategic Planning External Steering Committee, and has been named to the Advisory Council of the Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy. After attending the Sorbonne Law School in Paris, she received her bachelor’s degree in political science, government and international law as well as her master’s degree in public administration from Lamar University. Igoufe earned a PhD in urban planning and public policy from the University of Texas at Arlington.