Nani Coloretti Named Urban Institute’s Senior V.P. for Financial and Business Strategy

Contact: Stu Kantor, (202) 261-5283, skantor@urban.org

WASHINGTON, DC, February 9, 2017—Nani Coloretti, a career public servant who most recently served as deputy secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is joining the Urban Institute at the end of the month as senior vice president for financial and business strategy.

Coloretti will lead Urban’s efforts to design business development plans and financial strategies while strengthening capacities in budgeting, strategic planning, and financial analytics.

Second in command while at HUD from 2014 to 2017, Coloretti oversaw the department’s day-to-day operations and 7,500 employees. Earlier posts include assistant secretary for management at the US Department of the Treasury, policy and budget director for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, health finance budget examiner at the US Office of Management and Budget, policy and budget director at San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and budget analyst for Hawaii’s Department of Public Safety. 

“From the budgetary frontlines at the local and state levels to managerial responsibilities at the top-most level of federal service, Nani has insight and tenacity to accomplish strategic priorities, foster growth, and advance Urban’s mission. She brings a powerful résumé to a dynamic and evolving organization,” said Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell. 

“The Urban Institute is respected by policymakers and the public alike for its commitment to ensuring evidence remains central to public discourse. That is a special calling, and I am excited to join Sarah and her team in that pursuit,” said Coloretti.

A native of Hawaii, Coloretti holds a BA in economics and communications from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley.


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