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Andrew Karas
I am fascinated by schools, public transit, affordable housing, and labor markets. These systems can help society move toward a more just and equitable future. It’s energizing to work at the Urban Institute, where people believe that knowledge and reform can help bring about a brighter future.

Andrew Karas is a research assistant in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. He is interested in the challenges many face in today’s economy and the opportunities for local government to intervene. As an intern at the Chicago Transit Authority, Karas produced internal evaluation metrics, and at a transportation consulting firm, he sharpened his data cleaning and analysis skills.

Karas graduated from Swarthmore College with a bachelor’s degree in math and a minor in public policy. His academic work focused on urban studies, particularly transportation planning.