Sean O’Neill joined the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration (IPA) in May of 2017. His previous career experience included 15 years of work in both the public and private sector across four different states in planning and zoning as well as real estate market research, development, and property management. Sean’s role with IPA is multi-faceted, but includes working on applied research projects with state agencies such as DelDOT and the Office of State Planning Coordination, direct project work on comprehensive plans and related projects with local communities from the City of Wilmington to Fenwick Island in Sussex County, and managing IPA's Local Government Leaders training program. Sean has also done project work at IPA on the topics of housing, bicycle and pedestrian mobility, city and town management, economic development, and community health issues. Recently, Sean has focused more of his time and energy on the housing crisis in Delaware and has written multiple reports for state agencies, local governments, and non-profits on the topic, including working as part of a team at University of Delaware that published a report in 2022 titled "A Needs Assessment for Repairs to Low-Income Owner-Occupied Housing in Delaware," which was commissioned by the three state Habitat for Humanity Chapters. Among other findings, this report estimated that the State of Delaware would need approximately $100 million in order to address all the basic home repair needs in the state, just for home owner occupied units alone. Sean has served on the Executive Committee of the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) since 2017 and is the current Chapter President, he is on the Executive Committee of the Sussex Housing Group, and he served as co-chair of the Urban Land Institute Delaware Council from 2018-2020"