The National League of Cities is hosting a virtual event on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM ET to discuss the fiscal impact of the coronavirus pandemic on America’s cities, towns and villages presented in the 35th annual City Fiscal Conditions report. With economic consequences expected for years to come, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, Mark Zandi will join NLC to reflect on these findings, and the broader impact of local fiscal health on national economic recovery.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics 
  • Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Council President Pro Tempore, City of Los Angeles, California and President, NLC 
  • Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, NLC 
  • Christiana McFarland, Research Director, NLC    
  • Michael Pagano, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and director of the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago 

View a copy of the presentation here and download Dr. Zandi’s workbook here.


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Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mark Zandi

Mark Zandi

Mark M. Zandi is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, where he directs economic research. Moody’s Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody’s Corp., is a leading provider of economic research, data and analytical tools. Dr. Zandi is a cofounder of, which Moody’s purchased in 2005.

Dr. Zandi is on the board of directors of MGIC, the nation’s largest private mortgage insurance company, and is the lead director of Reinvestment Fund, one of the nation’s largest community development financial institutions, which makes investments in underserved communities.

 He is a trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public. Dr. Zandi frequently testifies before Congress and conducts regular briefings on the economy for corporate boards, trade associations, and policymakers at all levels. He is often quoted in national and global publications and interviewed by major news media outlets, and is a frequent guest on CNBC, NPR, Meet the Press, CNN, and various other national networks and news programs.

Dr. Zandi is the author of Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Beginning a New American Century, which provides an assessment of the monetary and fiscal policy response to the Great Recession. His other book, Financial Shock: A 360º Look at the Subprime Mortgage Implosion, and How to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis, is described by the New York Times as the “clearest guide” to the financial crisis.  

Dr. Zandi earned his BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.