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Sarah Gillespie

Sarah Gillespie

Research Associate I

After working in both the nonprofit and public sectors, I saw that access to evidence of what works and how to implement it is one of the biggest challenges in community development and neighborhood revitalization. Through Urban's work, we provide and translate that evidence for both practitioners and policymakers tackling some of the biggest challenges facing communities today.


Sarah Gillespie is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses on place-based initiatives and community development as well as technical assistance for performance measurement and evaluation. She manages technical assistance efforts to support implementation grantees of the US Department of Education's Promise Neighborhoods initiative and the national evaluation of the Administration for Children Youth and Families Partnership to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System. She is also involved in other research in Washington, DC, and communities throughout the country.

Before joining Urban, Gillespie worked as a program manager at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she focused on public-private partnerships and innovative investment models. She holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MPA from American University.