Liza Getsinger is director of strategy and operations in the Urban Institute’s Policy Advisory Group. She coordinates across Urban’s policy centers to deepen engagement on cross-cutting topics, especially cities and places. Her expertise blends research, policy, and practice with a focus on developing actionable, evidence-based solutions to inform policymakers, practitioners, and philanthropic investments.
Before joining Urban, Getsinger worked at the National Housing Conference, where she helped craft policy, legislative, and programmatic initiatives on budget and tax issues, HUD’s regulatory and programmatic functioning, and neighborhood restoration. In Austin, Texas, she held several positions focused on youth services and affordable housing. Getsinger started her career as a researcher in Urban’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.
A graduate of DePaul University, Getsinger holds a master’s in public affairs with a concentration in social and economic policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was an endowed fellowship recipient.