Our Team

With our partners and neighbors, we work to ensure that the region’s newfound prosperity and success reach all residents and that the benefits of growth are shared equitably. The Urban Institute has strong roots in the DC region, our home base for the past 50 years. Through deep local and regional partnerships, we share and apply knowledge, elevate debate, and generate solutions that improve lives and create shared prosperity. Our team connects you to an unequaled breadth of expertise from Urban’s work in cities and regions across the country.

Gustavo Velasquez
Senior Director, Urban – Greater DC
Peter A. Tatian
Senior Fellow and Research Director, Urban–Greater DC
Leah Hendey
Senior Research Associate
Mary Bogle
Senior Research Associate
Kelly S. Mikelson
Senior Research Associate
Kilolo Kijakazi
Institute Fellow
Shena Ashley
Shena Ashley
Vice President, Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Heather Hahn
Heather Hahn
Senior Fellow
Martha M. Galvez
Martha M. Galvez
Senior Research Associate
Kathryn L.S. Pettit
Senior Research Associate
Laudan Y. Aron
Senior Fellow
Claudia Aranda
Claudia Aranda
Senior Research Associate, Director of Field Operations
Robert Santos
Chief Methodologist
Timothy Triplett
Senior Research Associate
Matthew Chingos
Senior Fellow
Susan J. Popkin
Senior Fellow
Elsa Falkenburger
Senior Research Associate
Kristin Blagg
Research Associate I
Kim S. Rueben
Senior Fellow
Gregory Acs
Director, Income and Benefits Policy Center
Erica Greenberg
Research Associate I
Nancy G. La Vigne
Director, Justice Policy Center
Brett Theodos
Senior Research Associate
Sarah Gillespie
Senior Research Associate
Lisa Dubay
Senior Fellow
Margery Austin Turner
Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management
Josh Leopold
Senior Research Associate
Jordan Matsudaira
Jordan Matsudaira
Nonresident Fellow
Erika C. Poethig
Institute Fellow
Pamela J. Loprest
Senior Fellow
Mary K. Winkler
Senior Research Associate
Michael Katz
​Research Associate I
Rolf Pendall
Codirector, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Hamutal Bernstein
Research Associate I
Harry P. Hatry
Distinguished Fellow
Jesse Jannetta
Senior Research Associate
Richard C. Auxier
Research Associate I
Molly M. Scott
Senior Research Associate
Jocelyn Fontaine
Senior Research Associate
Christina Plerhoples Stacy
Senior Research Associate
Marla McDaniel
Senior Research Associate
Megan Gallagher
Senior Research Associate
Liza Getsinger
Director of Strategy and Operations