Office of Housing Policy Staff

  • Office of Housing Policy Staff

Meet the Office of Housing Policy

The Office of Housing Policy coordinates a wide range of research and strategic planning activities that ensure our program offices are efficient, well-informed and able to best meet the needs of low- and moderate-income Ohioans.


Chelsea Buckwalter

Chelsea Buckwalter

Chelsea joined OHFA in May 2019 and was named Director of Housing Policy in January 2022. She utilizes technical expertise and a data-driven approach to further the agency's mission of creating more affordable housing options for Ohioans through projects such as the Qualified Allocation Plan, the statewide Housing Needs Assessment, and the Homeowner Assistance Fund. Chelsea helps internal OHFA offices better understand and visualize their data through the creation of custom Tableau dashboards. She also works with stakeholders to increase awareness of housing-related issues and formulate data-informed solutions. Chelsea has a Bachelor's in Finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Her graduate studies focused on human security issues that directly impact communities, such as refugee resettlement, housing, and natural disasters. Chelsea also spent six years in China working in education and studying Mandarin Chinese.

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Devin Keithley

Devin Keithley

Prior to joining OHFA in September 2017, Devin served as a Senior Research Associate with Community Research Partners. His role at OHFA is to monitor the agency's data systems for quality and accuracy, develop and maintain agency dashboards for strategic planning purposes and assist with data collection and analysis on various research projects and annual reports. Beyond his day-to-day responsibilities, Devin is an experienced graphic designer with a specialization in creative data visualizations, some of which are featured on OHFA's blog, Stories of Home. Devin has a Bachelor's in Geography from Bucknell University, a Master's in Geography from The George Washington University and a Master's in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

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Matt Dean

Matt Dean

Matt began interning at OHFA in August of 2021. He is a PhD student at Ohio State University's Glenn College of Public Affairs, studying public policy and management. Broadly, his research interests include the intersection of housing policy and its relationship to wealth inequality, methods for increasing access to the housing choice voucher program and improving the efficiency of the LIHTC program, and the evaluation of homelessness programs and methods for homelessness prevention and mitigation. At OHFA, he is assisting with research projects related to homeownership and homelessness, including Power of Home, the Ohio Human Services Data Warehouse, and the performance of OHFA associated mortgages during the COVID pandemic. Matt completed a Masters of City and Regional Planning and a Masters of Business Administration at Ohio State, as well as a BA in Neuroscience at Bowdoin College. He is a beer league hockey player as well as an avid scuba diver.

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Steven Muhic

Steven Muhic

Prior to joining OHFA for the summer of 2022, Steven worked at Cleveland State University in various tutoring, teaching, and technical rolls for the math department. In 2015, he moved to Arizona and began his academic pursuits in mathematics. In the fall of 2018, Steven moved back to Ohio, completed his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and further pursued his passion for math with a Master's in Applied Statistics from Cleveland State University. His role at OHFA will include data and public policy analyzation. Beyond his day-to-day activities, Steven enjoys working out or spending time at the beach or park.


Sarah Stouffer-Lerch

Sarah Stouffer-Lerch

Sarah Stouffer-Lerch is a student at The Ohio State University currently interning in OHFA's Office of Housing Policy. Prior to her current role, Stouffer-Lerch has conducted research on historical housing policy at various cultural heritage institutions. She hopes to combine this experience with data-driven methodologies to create visualizations that help OHFA make better use of their data. Stouffer-Lerch expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis Spring of 2023.