I love to learn. My interests are broad because I see the connections between seemingly distinct disciplines, service systems, and policies. On the ground, it all comes together, and that is where I like to work, learn, and share insights.
Nancy Pindus is an Urban Institute associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, where she is an experienced policy researcher and project manager, specializing in program evaluation, organizational behavior, cost analysis, and service delivery. Her research projects have taken Pindus to communities across the country, examining program implementation and operations through interviews, on-site observations, and focus groups. She has studied economic development, welfare reform, employment and training, food assistance, and public health programs. She has also examined coordination across agencies and systems as well as local capacity building in many studies.
Pindus has been with Urban for 25 years; from April 2009 through June 2010, she served as Metro’s acting center director. She also codirected a four-year evaluation of the New Markets Tax Credit Program, including administrative data analysis, surveys and in-depth telephone interviews. She currently directs a study of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian housing needs, as well as a study of the Food Distribution program on Indian reservations.
Pindus holds a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified public accountant licensed in Maryland.
Research AreasPoverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety Net Housing and Housing Finance Neighborhoods, Cities, and Metros Economic Growth and Productivity Food and Nutrition Race and Ethnicity Gender and Sexuality
Centers & InitiativesMetropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Opportunity and Ownership
Research Report FamiliesNancy M. Pindus, Carol Hafford, Diane K. Levy, Jennifer Biess, Jasmine Simington, Carl Hedman, Jodie SmylieJune 14, 2016
Research Report Health and Health PolicySeptember 29, 2015
Research ReportContinuity and Change: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Housing Conditions of Native American Indians and Alaska NativesKathryn L.S. Pettit, G. Thomas Kingsley, Jennifer Biess, Kassie Dumlao Bertumen, Nancy M. Pindus, Chris Narducci, Amos BuddeApril 1, 2014
Martin D. Abravanel, Nancy M. Pindus, Brett Theodos, Kassie Dumlao Bertumen, Rachel Brash, Zachary J. McDadeNovember 21, 2013
Priscila Prunella, Alex Thackeray, Ryan Sullivan, Martin D. Abravanel, Kassie Dumlao Bertumen, Brett Theodos, Nancy M. Pindus, Christopher Walker, Roger FrankoffSeptember 1, 2012
Presentation Income and WealthSeptember 26, 2011
Research Report Job Market and Labor ForceSeptember 26, 2011
August 4, 2011
Research Report FamiliesWho Needs Credit at Tax Time and Why: A Look at Refund Anticipation Loans and Refund Anticipation ChecksFebruary 24, 2011