Jeff Hornstein

Director of Financial & Policy Analysis, City of Philadelphia Office of the Controller

Jeff Hornstein serves as Director of Financial & Policy Analysis for the Philadelphia City Controller.  As such he advises Controller Alan L. Butkovitz and works on critical issues relating to Philadelphia's fiscal health.  In the past 3.5 years the Policy Unit has produced numerous data-driven policy analyses on topics including the City's property tax system, tax delinquency and receivables issues, tax incentive programs, charter school finances, the efficacy of the City's tourism and convention promotion entities, and the state of retirement security in Philadelphia.  In collaboration with the City's Commerce Department, he is coordinating a major citywide an initiative to increase local spending by Philadelphia's major eds-and-meds anchor institutions.  

In his civic life, Jeff serves on the boards of Queen Village Neighbors Association, a civic association in Philadelphia, as well as the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition, a citywide organization representing 25 civic associations.  He helped convene the Friends Of Neighborhood Education, a citywide initiative to build community support for neighborhood public schools.  He is also a participant in the Economy League's Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange and ran for City Council in 2011.

After leaving academia in 2001 with a PhD in business history and publication of a well-regarded book on the real estate industry "A Nation of Realtors," Jeff spent a decade in the labor movement.  He helped low-wage workers in the service and education sectors build workplace and political power.  Born in Brooklyn, a product of public schools in Matawan, NJ, with degrees from MIT, Penn, and the Maryland, he has called Philadelphia home since 2001.

Courses Taught

Instructor: Jeff Hornstein
Course Section: 001
Day(s): Monday
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

Once the "workshop of the world" with a diverse manufacturing economy, the City of Philadelphia has lost a huge proportion of its historical economic base in the past 60 years Today Philadelphia struggles to find its competitive advantage Yet it has tremendous assets that can be leveraged This course will explore the rise and fall of Philadelphia's manufacturing economy, efforts to forestall its decline in the 1960s and 70s, the racial and gender dynamics of its employment ecosystem, and contemporary strategies to create a sustainable local economy We will focus on the emerging national recognition of place-based economic development strategies, including the revival of downtown residential living, tourism and hospitality, and the role of anchor institutions, such as universities and hospitals, in the revitalization of urban America The course will combine readings in economic and social history and urban economics with case study analyses of local policies aimed at stimulating growth.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829