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Martin Abravanel is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he has designed and directed various research and evaluation projects covering low-income housing programs; community development and revitalization programs; the fair housing law; and performance measurement—the latter including studies of customer satisfaction as well as national service. Abravanel

Gregory Acs is the director of the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where his research focuses on social insurance, social welfare, and the compensation of workers. He recently completed a study of the factors contributing to persistently high unemployment in the United States and policy responses to that problem. In addition, Acs has studied the low-wage labor market, changes in welfare policies and how they have

William Adams is a senior research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he conducts research on the federal criminal justice system, federal sentencing and corrections, crimes in Indian country, and human trafficking. His areas of expertise include criminal justice policy, justice statistics, the federal justice system, federal sentencing, and corrections. At Urban, Adams directs projects focused on

Gina Adams, a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, is a national expert on factors that shape the affordability, quality, and supply of child care/early education services, and the ability of low-income families to benefit from them. Since the mid-1980s, she has worked on a range of child care and early education programs, including child care subsidies, Head Start/Early Head Start, state

Sade Adeeyo is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She works primarily with the Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development team, focused on building multigenerational, place-based interventions in public housing communities. Currently, she is part of the Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health and Safety project. Before joining Urban, Adeeyo worked at the Black Women's

Theresa Anderson is a research associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she works primarily on completing evaluations of workforce development programs. She has worked on evaluations of programs such as the Health Profession Opportunity Grants, Accelerating Opportunity, Family-Centered Community Change, and the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. She has expertise on a wide range of

Claudia Aranda is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She is currently director of field operations, where she focuses on housing discrimination, fair housing, and housing market research. Her most recent projects include the Housing Discrimination Study 2012, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which measured the differential treatment experienced

Laudy Aron is a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. Since joining Urban in 1992, she has spent over 25 years conducting research and policy analysis on a wide range of social welfare issues, including health and disability, education, employment and training, homelessness, and family violence. She directed and coedited a ground-breaking 2013 study for the National Research Council

Nan Astone is a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, which she joined in 2013 after serving 24 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a demographer with expertise on reproductive health, the family, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood. Astone, a former William T. Grant Scholar, received her PhD from the University of Chicago.

Lydia Austin is a research assistant in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she manages the Tax Facts database and works on the briefing book, among other projects. Before joining Urban, Austin analyzed and wrote about fiscal policy at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Austin holds a BA from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and served as the senior fellow in

Richard C. Auxier is a research associate II in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. His work focuses on state and local tax policy, budgets, and other finance issues. Before joining the Tax Policy Center, Richard served on the staff of the D.C. Tax Revision Commission and helped write the Commission's final report on recommendations for improving the District's tax system. Before entering graduate school, he was a researcher/editor at the

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