My perspective on social policy research has been influenced by direct experiences with people experiencing crisis. Human needs do not remain in silos and are not concerned with ideology. What matters is finding a solution that works. The diversity of scholars at the Urban Institute—all committed to using research to improve lives and strengthen communities—can elevate effective solutions and move beyond the confines of ideology and sector.
Maya Brennan engages in research, analysis, and stakeholder engagement as part of the Policy Advisory Group at the Urban Institute. She is a principal investigator on the How Housing Matters project. Since 2007, her work has focused on the connection between housing and individual well-being. Most recently, she was vice president of the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, where she was the project lead for HowHousingMatters.org. She has given keynotes on affordable housing issues for HousingWorks Rhode Island and Housing Virginia, and has presented on research application as a panelist before the Population Health Roundtable at the National Academy of Sciences. She holds a BA in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and an MS in urban policy analysis and management from the New School, where she received the Jacob Kaplan Award.
Research AreasAdolescents and Youth Aging Children Housing and Housing Finance Neighborhoods, Cities, and Metros Poverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety Net Race and Ethnicity Gender and Sexuality
Centers & InitiativesPolicy Advisory Group
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