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Everyone needs a little help sometimes, even government

Our computational law software tools help governments build neighborhood value through a community-first approach. The tool (a) pulls in diverse data, (b) transforms it via custom algorithms and workflows, (c) puts it into an operating system, (d) triggers optimized tasks to be sent to staff for follow up.  Some examples are bringing vacant houses back to life to nudging property owners add ADUs to mitigate housing crisis.

Much of our work occurs in underserved communities, as that, unfortunately, is where most property issues are clustered. Our focus is staying true to the community vision of our local partner community associations. As these associations have limited resources, we are able to give them agency in our processes by trading our tools for on-the-ground data and an army of community activists and volunteers to help execute the steps in our workflow solutions.

Meet Our Team

We come from all walks of life, but have the same intolerance for slumlords.  From partners to interns, we’re always looking for similarly minded folks to join the cause.

Joe Trapp, Esq.


Graduating magna cum laude in 2016 from the University at Buffalo School of Law with a concentration in Finance and Development, Joe focused his studies on community and economic development, as well as disruptive financial technologies. While in law school, he clerked for United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel and received a fellowship from the New York State Association for Affordable Housing for his work on community development using a specialized homeownership and debt forgiveness method inclusive of revenue optimization for municipalities.

Joe graduated from Colgate University in 2013 (Honors in History) and Nichols School in 2009 (cum laude). You can also find Joe at his family’s law firm, Greco Trapp PLLC, where he assists clients on matters concerning corporate, non-profit, and municipal law.

Lily Keane


As one of the early employees at EverQoute, Lily helped them gain traction in the insurance field. Deciding to put startup life on hold, she pursued completive rowing in an elite program focused on the Olympics. Upon returning to startup life, Lily took up the mantle as CTO of Third Estate Analytics and has helped make community data more accessible and understandable to those who wish to make a positive change in the world. Her focus, honed at the highest level of athletics, is apparent every day as she tackles the ever-changing problems that arise when working with the chaos that is municipal data.

Lily graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2013 and The Park School in 2009. In what little spare time she has, Lily has even found time to work both with local youth rowers and on community gardens, improving access to healthy food. Fortunately, Lily has been blessed with a green thumb.

Phyllis Harris


Phyllis is the Chief of Community Relations at Third Estate Analytics. Its mission is to help governments, NGOs, and others address neighborhood inequity (especially real estate values) through data informed, streamlined action.

Phyllis is a research professional and community activist at heart with varied and extensive experience, including years of multifaceted experience working in research program development, grant preparation and partnership creation at the college and university level and active participation in a wide range of professional community activities and human services. She holds a masters in Psychology from the University at Buffalo and an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Programming from the International Correspondence School.

After over thirty-five years in higher education removing the rose colored glasses of doctoral students, Phyllis took what she learned working with students and transformed her programs into larger community organizing and training methodologies used across the City of Buffalo.

After leaving academia, over the last decade Phyllis has served as the part-time housing court liaison for her councilmanic district as well as a Democrat Committee Member. She has been recognized numerous times for this work.

Laura Kelly


Laura is the Chief Operating Officer of Third Estate Analytics. Its mission is to help governments, NGOs, and others address neighborhood inequity (especially real estate values) through data informed, streamlined action.

Laura cut her teeth in the not-for-profit world and is an experienced administrator with a specialty in housing and community development, program development and evaluation, grant writing and grants management. Her experience in working with diverse communities is compatible with developing dialogue across cultural, geographic, and social divides. She has mobilized over $6m in neighborhood rehab funds as ED of a NPO in Buffalo, NY. Further, she was the first in that region to use modern "bank shaming" technique against zombie homes.

We’ve run the gauntlet . . .

In 2019, we graduated from Founder Institute. By the end of the year, we also completed Y Combinator’s Startup School and joined Launch NY’s accelerator program.  After making adjustments for governments’ COVID-era upgrades, we joined the 2021 cohort of CivStart (the premier govtech accelerator).

Before Analytics was spun out of Third Estate Ventures [a community & economic development 501(c)(3)], Ventures went through Thought Into Action at Colgate University and Entrepreneurship Lab at the University at Buffalo.