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Donald P. Spencer

Donald P. Spencer

Contracts Manager

As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, it is important to me that my work at least indirectly improve the lives of others. I enjoy supporting the Urban Institute’s mission to inform public debate and, via improved policies, to improve lives.


Don Spencer is contracts manager at the Urban Institute, where he supports the director of the Office of Grants, Contracts, Purchasing, & Pricing in administering Urban’s broad portfolio of grants and contracts funded by government and private clients. Spencer has primary responsibility for contractual oversight of the Justice Policy Center and international initiatives, including compliance with agreement conditions and government regulations.

In conducting his work at Urban, Spencer draws on experience working in the nonprofit and private sectors in both contract administration and project management. He is a long-term member of the National Contract Management Association. Spencer graduated from Oregon State University and has a master’s certificate in government contracting.


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