Katya Abazajian is a research assistant in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She works in multiple subject areas including consumer financial protection, neighborhood development. Since starting at Urban, Abazajian has been involved with the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, the NeighborhoodInfo DC program, Promise Neighborhoods, and the DC Affordable Housing Preservation Network.
Abazajian graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2014 with a BA in both economics and math. At Claremont McKenna, she was an undergraduate research assistant at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the managing editor of the campus newspaper. Her undergraduate research focused on municipal tax systems, regional economic forecasting, and local politics.