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Daniel Kay Hertz hired as policy director for Chicago Department of Housing

The policy analyst and author starts in September

Daniel Kay Hertz, a city policy analyst and author, will take a job as policy director within the Chicago’s Department of Housing (DOH) in September.

Hertz announced the news on Twitter Wednesday morning and deferred to DOH until he starts his new position in a few weeks.

Previously, Hertz worked at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability as a senior state and local policy analyst focusing on finances, housing, and pensions. There he made an effort to make findings more accessible and transparent, according to his website. Hertz is a graduate of Harvard College and attended University of Chicago for a masters in public policy.

He also wrote a book last year, The Battle of Lincoln Park, about the neighborhood’s gentrification in the ’60s. He’s also had work published in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, and The Atlantic.

This summer there were two other key hires to city departments. Mayor Lightfoot selected Metropolitan Planning Council’s Marisa Novara to lead the new Department of Housing in June. Then in July, news broke that Detroit’s top city planner, Maurice Cox, would leave to take a position as Chicago’s Commissioner of Planning and Development.