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Courtney Jones

Courtney Jones

Program Manager


Courtney Jones is a policy and research program manager in the Urban Institute’s Policy Advisory Group. She coordinates across Urban’s research centers on housing policy and programs and with researchers on community development, workforce development, and financial capacity issues.

Before joining Urban, Jones served in the Obama administration at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as special adviser to the assistant secretary for policy development and research. Previously, Jones was a graduate fellow with the Center for Economic Opportunity, which pilots and advances antipoverty efforts in the Office of the Mayor in New York City. At the Food Research and Action Center, she collaborated on strategic planning and grant writing to support antihunger policy, advocacy, and technical assistance. Jones started her career as a strategic consultant to nonprofit organizations at Orr Associates Inc.

A graduate of American University, Jones has a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.


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