Biography

Academic

Doerner leads a team that focuses on topics like mortgage collateral and housing market trends. His group is responsible for House Price Index (HPI) production and related research. He has published over a dozen articles in academic journals on a range of topics like finance, housing, property taxation, and policing. Several projects have received “best paper” recognitions from professional organizations and publishers. He has received teaching awards for university courses that he designed and taught on housing markets and land use regulations. His work has been covered by major news outlets, trade associations, and think tanks. Will brings a combination of other practical and academic experiences that include being appointed as a Commissioner for the Prince George's County Planning Board, serving on the Hyattsville Planning Committee, and working in property appraisal and valuation for both state and county agencies in Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Florida State University), M.S. in Economics (Florida State University), and a B.S. in Mathematics-Economics and Urban Studies (Furman University).

Practitioner

William M. Doerner, Ph.D., was appointed to the Prince George’s County Planning Board on November 1, 2016 and reappointed in 2019. Dr. Doerner brings a combination of practical and academic experiences in local planning issues to the Commission. He has served on the Hyattsville Planning Committee and has worked in property appraisal and valuation for both state and county agencies in Florida. While earning his doctoral degree, he designed and taught classes on housing markets and land use regulations. Currently, he works at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) where he leads a team of researchers and analysts who conduct applied research that helps inform policy decision-making in housing, mortgage finance, and real estate markets. The group’s products have won national awards, are published in academic and industry journals, are presented regularly at national and regional conferences, and are often the basis for stories in leading news sources. He earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Economics from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Mathematics-Economics and Urban Studies from Furman University. He was also a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Guatemala, and is fluent in Spanish.


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Will is a recognized expert on housing, mortgage markets, and real estate. He provides thoughtful leadership on policy issues at the national, state, and local levels. His data-driven insights are meant to be approachable and understandable for general audiences. Will supervises a group of researchers and analysts whose products have won national awards, have been published in academic and industry journals, and have formed the basis for stories in leading news sources. On any given day, you might find him enmeshed in coding econometric models, managing databases consisting of tens of millions of observations, tracking nationwide markets, responding to inquiries from the media or public, presenting before professional audiences, preparing data visualizations for social media, or supervising a team of subject matter experts through a lively discussion of emerging trends.