URBAN INSTITUTE

Expert

Molly M. Scott
Expert

Molly M. Scott

Senior Research Associate

Our country’s demographic and fiscal realities are changing rapidly; and yet our policies and programs still largely reflect static assumptions about people and resources. In order to ensure the prosperity and well-being of future generations, we need to challenge these assumptions and explore new ways to creatively solve problems.

Biography

Molly Scott is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. In recent years, much of her work has focused on providing practical research support for nonprofits and local government agencies in planning, implementing, and testing innovative, place-based strategies to improve the lives of the ever-more-diverse low-income population.

Nationally, Scott’s clients include Habitat for Humanity International, Feeding America, and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, with projects ranging from strategic initiative planning to best-practice reviews and national evaluation design. Locally, she leads a research team supporting needs assessment and evaluation of Langley Park Promise Neighborhood initiatives for CASA de Maryland; and she works closely with Home Forward, the housing authority in Portland, Oregon, to assess its place-based dual-generation family support model for the Housing Opportunities and Services Together demonstration.

Before joining Urban, Scott worked for many years at the RAND Corporation, where she published extensively on neighborhood inequality and health. She also served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Santiago, Chile.

Scott holds a BA in Spanish language and literature from Loyola Marymount University and an MPP with a concentration in community development from UCLA.