Amy Khare is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she works as the site lead for the national evaluation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods initiative in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood. She also works on the national Housing Opportunity and Services Together demonstration project.
Concurrent with her work at Urban, Khare is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Her dissertation examines how economic and political shifts of the past five years have altered the implementation of mixed-income development policies as a market-driven strategy for urban neighborhood development. Her research focuses on processes of urban neighborhood change, with an emphasis on urban poverty, race, and community development. Khare's work has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Cityscape, and Shelterforce. In 2011, the National Housing Institute selected her as one of the nation's leading young community developers.
Before joining Urban, Khare directed the Mixed-Income Development Study at the University of Chicago, where she investigated the early implementation of three new developments in Chicago's Plan for Transformation. From 1999 to 2006, she practiced social work in the field of community development, including working as a community organizer in Cleveland. She previously directed nonprofit organizations that address poverty through affordable housing initiatives in Ann Arbor and Chicago, and served as a fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center in 1997.
Khare received her MSW from the University of Kansas in 1999.