Gary J. Gates serves as a research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Gates holds a PhD from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. His doctoral dissertation included the first research study of the demography of the gay and lesbian population using U.S. Census data; his ongoing work on that subject has been featured in many national media outlets. Dr. Gates cowrote a study examining the interplay of diversity and the location and growth of the technology sector, and facilitated development and implementation of Pennsylvania's first statewide HIV prevention plan. In addition to his PhD, Dr. Gates holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vincent Seminary and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Jason Ost is a research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Mr. Ost received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1999. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in geography to complement his professional interest in demography and public health.