Alicia King
Director, Talent Acquisition
When I accepted this opportunity at Urban, I was compelled by the mission of economic and social policy research to strengthen our communities. It’s also the reason I transitioned into the field of HR and talent acquisition, to offer diverse candidates economic and growth opportunities. Beyond the humanity of it all, talent acquisition is about the impact and feels like action. It’s becoming less about outdated processes and more about personalization, communication, pipelining, and branding. In this ever-evolving industry, our talent is finding talent.

As an innovative, dynamic, and strategic human resource practitioner with greater than 10 years of specialization in the development and implementation of HR programs, Alicia King has an established record of accomplishment and success with companies across multiple industries. King has demonstrated abilities in both unionized and nonunion work structures, driving her broad range of experiences toward organizational goals and development strategies. Her broad experience includes recruitment, onboarding, employee and labor relations, career coaching, diversity and inclusion, talent development, succession planning, and organizational design.

At the Urban Institute, King will be a prominent leader in managing a strategic and comprehensive talent acquisition program that aligns with organizational priorities. In leading Urban’s talent acquisition activities, she will apply best practices and tools that foster diverse candidate pipelines, support internal talent mobility, and measure the effectiveness of recruitment programs and operations. Before joining Urban, she supported talent management and talent acquisition efforts for SHRM, Comcast, and Southeastern Grocers. In addition, she provided diverse HR experience for General Electric, Georgia-Pacific, Schneider Electric, and the Cincinnati Reds.

King graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and has an MBA from the University of Phoenix in HR management. She also received Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional, Senior Professional Human Resources, and Six Sigma Black Belt certifications.