Clay joined the IDA team in February of 2022. He joins the in-house research efforts of IDA on various projects supporting the place management industry, including Value of Downtowns and the IDA Salary Survey. Before joining IDA, Clay was Senior Associate with the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Real Estate Economics, and prior to that was a Research Associate with CoStar Group, where he got his start in the real estate field. Clay has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University. In his free time, he enjoys reading and visiting National Parks.