Emily Blumenthal is a research associate with the Policy Advisory Group at the Urban Institute, where she works on projects that touch multiple issue areas and experts across Urban’s policy centers. Before joining Urban, Blumenthal was a research aide at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. She previously interned with the White House Domestic Policy Council where she primarily worked on the Obama administration’s place-based efforts to boost economic development and build ladders of opportunity in communities across the country.
Blumenthal is a Chicago native who appreciates the complexity of the challenges that face cities and those that live in them. She earned her bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with highest university honors. Her work largely centered on economic development and housing issues as well as healthy community planning.