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Amy Elsbree

Amy Elsbree

Director of External Affairs

Government is more than a set of laws or a building full of people in Washington, DC; it is our ongoing, public dialogue about how we live, work, and raise our families. My work facilitates that dialogue: connecting local leaders with national leaders; business leaders with policymakers; and now, at Urban, policymakers with experts offering the evidence they need to make the best decisions for their communities.


Amy Elsbree is director of external affairs at the Urban Institute. In this position, she oversees relationships with Urban’s key external audiences—Capitol Hill, the federal executive branch, state and local governments, the business community, the academic community, and other organizations with which Urban shares policy interests—ensuring that their perspective informs Urban’s research agenda and that its research informs state, local, and federal policy discussions. In addition, Elsbree has oversight of Urban’s public events and convenings.

Before joining Urban, Elsbree was director, public affairs and member relations at the National League of Cities where she managed strategic communications, corporate relations, and member relations. Previously, she served as director of the Academy for State and Local Government and in various government affairs and communications positions for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). She also spent time early in her career working for the Office of Federal Relations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and on Capitol Hill.

Elsbree has a bachelor’s from Williams College and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.