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Carrie Kolasky

Carrie Kolasky

Vice President for Development

I enjoy the opportunity to translate Urban's research and policy into value propositions for foundations, corporations, and individuals. By engaging supporters and building philanthropic partnerships, together we can help solve fiscal challenges, improve lives, and strengthen communities.


Carrie Kolasky is vice president for development at the Urban Institute, where she is responsible for leading and building development efforts. In collaboration with Urban’s leadership team and board of trustees, she engages foundations, corporations, and individuals in Urban’s work and mission.

Kolasky brings extensive development experience to Urban, with work ranging from development directorships to external affairs to political fundraising. She spent more than 10 years at the Brookings Institution, where she served as the deputy director and external affairs officer for the Metropolitan Policy Program, helping build the program, provide strategic direction, and manage operations. She has also held directorships at the American Cancer Society Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national nonprofit founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter that focuses on inner-city economic development strategies.

Kolasky received her BA in political science from the University of Mary Washington and attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program in state and local leadership.


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