Yuliya Panfil is a senior fellow and director of New America’s Future of Land and Housing program. Prior to joining New America, Panfil worked at Omidyar Network, where she sourced and managed property rights investments. Prior to joining Omidyar, Panfil was a land governance and legal advisor at USAID, where she oversaw USAID’s responsible land-based investment practice and led USAID’s private sector and donor engagement on land and property rights issues. She previously worked as a corporate lawyer at White & Case, LLP where she focused on capital markets transactions as well as several land rights and indigenous rights projects for the United Nations and other organizations.
Panfil began her career as a journalist for Miami Herald and has also written for the Washington Post, Miami Herald, USA Today, New York Daily News, Newsday and the South Florida Business Journal. Panfil holds a law degree from Columbia Law School and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University.