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. Read More

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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Raphael Bostic, PhD
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta
 

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Ingrid Gould Ellen
Professor of Urban Policy and Planning
NYU - Wagner School
 

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

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Carlos Manjarrez
Director, Office of Data Governance and Analysis
Legal Services Corporation

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Andre Perry, PhD
Rubenstein Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program
Brookings Institution

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Eric Rodriguez
Vice President, Research, Advocacy, and Legislation
UnidosUS  

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

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Leonard Burman, PhD
Founder
Tax Policy Center
 

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

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David Johns
Executive Director
National Black Justice Coalition
 

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John Martinez
Director, Program Development and External Affairs
MDRC

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Erika Poethig
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Urban Institute
 

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Robert Santos, PhD
Chief Methodologist and Director, Statistical Methods
Urban Institute

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

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Helen Chin
Director, Sustainable Environments
Surdna Foundation
 

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Robert Greenstein
Founder and President
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
 

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Sarah Kastelic, PhD (Alutiiq)
Executive Director
National Indian Child Welfare Association
 

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Michael McAfee, PhD
President
PolicyLink
 

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Connie Razza, PhD
Director, Policy and Research
Dēmos
 

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Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy
Partner and Owner  - Precovery Lab
Senior Advisor - 100 Resilient Cities
 

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Margery Austin Turner
Vice President, Program Planning and Management
Urban Institute

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Sheldon Danziger, PhD
President
Russell Sage Foundation
 

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Jeremie Greer
Vice President, Policy and Research
Prosperity Now
 

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Michael Lake
President and CEO
Leading Cities  
 

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Spencer Overton
President
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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Carmen Rojas, PhD
Co-Founder and CEO
The Workers Lab
 

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Scot Spencer
Associate Director, Advocacy and Influence
Annie E. Casey Foundation  

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Arlene Williams
Director, Development and Strategic Planning
Economic Policy Institute