ZVA Team

Laurie Volk

Laurie Volk is principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates’ market studies and is the firm’s primary analyst of demographic, market, and lifestyle trends. Volk has been directly involved with every market study completed by Zimmerman/Volk Associates since the company’s founding in 1988.

Volk’s development of analytical tools to determine the market potential for downtown housing; for mixed-income, mixed-tenure repopulation and stabilization of fragile inner-city neighborhoods, and for new mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented traditional neighborhoods has been instrumental in bringing Zimmerman/Volk Associates into national prominence. Volk has conducted more than 75 downtown studies across the country, in cities ranging in size from Petersburg, Virginia (population 29,000) to Detroit, Michigan (population 834,000).

Volk currently serves on the Board of the Congress of the New Urbanism and the Advisory Board of the Remaking Cities Institute. She was a founding board member, now emeritus, of the National Charrette Institute, and served for more than a dozen years on the Board of Governors of the Seaside Institute. She also served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for Location and Planning of the U.S. Green Building Council. Volk was recipient of a 2002 Knight Fellowship in Community Building, and has been an instructor on market analysis for the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.

Volk and her partner, Todd Zimmerman, are the recipients of the 2015 Seaside Prize, which is presented annually to an individual or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of communities.

She is a graduate of Duke University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Todd Zimmerman

Todd Zimmerman is principal in charge of Zimmerman/Volk Associates’ consulting practice and is now expanding that effort outside the country.

Zimmerman was one of the framers of the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a member of the CNU Board of Directors, and the CNU executive committee. He also served as chairman of the CNU Council of Task Force Chairs. Zimmerman was named a CNU Fellow in 2016.

Zimmerman established a national reputation for his early identification of real estate market trends as Editor and Publisher of Multi-Housing News and Senior Living News, and founding Publisher and Editorial Director of Real Estate Times.

For more than decade in the 1980s and ’90s, Zimmerman was program chairman of Multi-Housing World, the nation’s largest conference devoted solely to density housing. He was a founding director and executive committee member of the National Association for Senior Living Industries. Zimmerman was also a founding principal of Real Property Resource Company, a consulting and brokerage firm, and a founding director and former president of the North County Conservancy, a non-profit housing developer. He was also a member of the Multifamily Roundtable and served on the advisory board of Affordable Housing Finance magazine.

Nadia Mimouni

Director of Operations Advancement

Responsible for research of location-specific market data and development of new methodologies, she has served in support of every ZVA assignment since joining the firm in 2013. Mimouni now oversees the day-to-day activities of the West Coast office, setting parameters and advancement guidelines to improve operational efficiency. Since mid-2016, she has been editing and co-authoring market studies.

Mimouni is also currently managing, or has recently completed the following projects:

  • Completion of a location-specific G.I.S. supply-side market context mapping system;
  • Completion of an on-line G.I.S. demographic and mobility analysis system, framed over the most recent five years of available data; and
  • Development of a coding system for linguistic applications of data analysis and implementation strategies.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Montreal

Christopher Volk-Zimmerman

Director of Data Systems Analysis

Responsible for data compilation and processing and has served in support of every ZVA assignment since joining the firm full-time in 2010. In this role, he continuously refines the algorithms underlying ZVA’s proprietary target market methodology improving the methodology’s accuracy and efficiency.

Volk-Zimmerman is also currently managing, or has recently completed the following projects:

• Completion of a county-by-county, statewide target market analysis system;

• Completion of a municipality-by-municipality, county-by-county, statewide population absorption indexing system;

• Completion of an on-line G.I.S. demographic and mobility analysis system, framed over the most recent five years of available data; and

• Development of a geographical theorem of Building-to-Building Form-Based Relationships.


Bachelor of Arts, Rhode Island School of Design