CORE TEAM

 
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LYNETTE RAWLINGS, PHD

 

Dr. Rawlings (President and CEO) founded The Policy Academies in 2016.  From 2007 through 2012, she conceived, designed, and led the Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research at the Urban Institute – the pilot program that served as the underpinnings of The Policy Academies. In addition to running The Policy Academies, Dr. Rawlings is a Senior Consultant with the Urban Institute and a Non-Resident Fellow in the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. An accomplished researcher and analyst, she has over 20 years of experience exploring issues of equity, inclusion, and economic opportunity at leading policy research institutions.

ASHLEY WILLIAMS CLARK

 

Ms. Williams Clark (Senior Consultant) is the Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives at UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Previously, Williams Clarke was the Assistant Director at the Institute for Social Capital at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. She has experience in applied policy research and data analysis, affordable housing, integrated data systems, community development, and community engagement. Williams Clarke has her Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She was also the Director of Operations for the Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research at the Urban Institute.

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THOMAS GONZALEZ

 

Mr. Gonzalez (Consultant) is currently a 12th grade math teacher in the Bronx through Teach for America. Previously, Gonzalez was a Research Associate at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) where he worked on an variety of education policy issues. He is experienced in quantitative research methods and working with large datasets. From 2009-2011, Gonzalez was a Research Assistant in Urban Institute’s Education Policy Research Center. Gonzalez was a member of the Academy pilot’s inaugural class (2008). He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. 

 

BOARD

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Founder and CEO
PolicyLink

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President and CEO
The Policy Academies

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Institute Fellow
Urban Institute

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President and Director
Vera Institute of Justice


ADVISORS 

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Helen Chin
Director, Sustainable Environments
Surdna Foundation

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Sheldon Danziger, PhD
President
Russell Sage Foundation

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Olivia Golden, PhD
Executive Director
Center for Law and Social Policy

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Robert Greenstein
President
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Darrick Hamilton, PhD
Dir., Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy
The New School

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Connie Razza, PhD
Director, Policy and Research
Dēmos

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Robert Santos, PhD
Chief Methodologist & Dir, Statis Methods
Urban Institute

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William Spriggs III, PhD
Chief Economist - AFL-CIO
 
Professor of Economics - Howard U.

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Erik Stegman (Nakoda)
Executive Director
Center for Native American Youth

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Margery Austin Turner
Vice President, Programs & Planning
Urban Institute

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Nicol Turner-Lee, PhD
Fellow, Governance Studies
Brookings Institution

 

 

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