About Urban

Mission and Values

The Urban Institute is a nonprofit research organization that provides data and evidence to help advance upward mobility and equity. We are a trusted source for changemakers who seek to strengthen decisionmaking, create inclusive economic growth, and improve the well-being of families and communities. For more than 50 years, Urban has delivered facts that inspire solutions—and this remains our charge today.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values


Whether working with fellow Urban Institute colleagues or partnering with communities, we strive to build teams with a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. We seek to maintain a culture of mutual respect where everyone feels their contributions are valued.


Our team members are united by the belief that every person should have the chance to  achieve their highest potential. We are committed to interrogating and mitigating structural racism and inequities in society and within our workplace.


In our research, we embrace lived experience as a form of evidence, knowing it is important for conducting high-quality, authentic analysis. Within Urban, we seek to build a culture of belonging, where people feel they can bring their whole selves to work.


Urban does not have an agenda, ideological or otherwise, nor do we take institutional positions on issues. Team members have autonomy to pursue new ideas, and they are empowered and supported to share their own evidence-based views and policy recommendations.


Our experts are committed to following the facts wherever they lead, offering solutions to societal, policy, and organizational challenges that are rooted in rigorous research. Our strong policies, practices, and cultural norms ensure conclusions are rooted in evidence and free from outside influence, and that we are transparent about our funding sources.