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Amy Elsbree
Senior Director, External Affairs
Government is more than a set of laws or a building full of people in Washington, DC; it is our ongoing, public dialogue about how we live, work, and raise our families. My work facilitates that dialogue: connecting local leaders with national leaders; business leaders with policymakers; and now, at Urban, policymakers with experts offering the evidence they need to make the best decisions for their communities.

Amy Elsbree is senior director of external affairs at the Urban Institute. She oversees relationships with Urban’s key external audiences—Capitol Hill, the federal executive branch, state and local governments, the business community, the academic community, and other organizations with which Urban shares policy interests—ensuring that their perspectives inform Urban’s research agenda and that Urban’s research informs state, local, and federal policy discussions. In addition, Elsbree oversees Urban’s public events and convenings.

Before joining Urban, Elsbree was director of public affairs and member relations at the National League of Cities, where she managed strategic communications, corporate relations, and member relations. Previously, she was director of the Academy for State and Local Government and held various government affairs and communications positions at Amtrak. Early in her career, she worked for the Office of Federal Relations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and on Capitol Hill.

Elsbree has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.