Nicolas Retsinas was appointed Director of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, a collaborative venture of the Harvard Design School and the Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Retsinas is also a Lecturer in Housing Studies at the Harvard Design School and the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to his Harvard appointment, Retsinas served as Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. President Clinton also appointed Retsinas to serve as Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision. Mr. Retsinas served on the Board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Board and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. Mr. Retsinas also served the State of Rhode Island as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation from 1987 to 1993. He received his master's degree in city planning from Harvard University and his AB in economics from New York University.