Justin Milner

Justin Milner

Senior Fellow
Director, Pay for Success Initiative and Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative

I am passionate about working to improve outcomes for kids and youth by ensuring all children have the opportunity to maximize their full potential. However, in order to do what is best for families, we have to know what works for families. Urban has long been a leader in research and evaluation to that end, and I am committed to finding ways to best translate that work into effective policy for outcome- and evidence-driven leaders interested in improving the lives of children and families.


Justin Milner is a senior fellow in the Urban Institute's Policy Advisory Group. He is also director of the Pay for Success Initiative and the Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative. Milner's work focuses on the intersection of research, policy, and practice; supporting efforts to engage effectively with policymakers and practitioners in applying research findings; and developing new evidence.

Before joining Urban, Milner was a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where his work focused on increasing the supply and take-up of evidence-based programs in child-serving public systems. He has also been a presidential management fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Milner spent three years teaching in Los Angeles through Teach for America.

Milner received a BA in political science from Yale University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


Executive Office Research

Research Areas

Pay for Success

Centers & Initiatives

Policy Advisory Group