Anna Shipp
Principal Policy Associate
Research to Action Lab

Anna Shipp is a principal policy associate in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute, where she leads the Shared Prosperity Partnership and Urban’s work on equitable and inclusive recovery and growth in cities, exploring the interdependence of a thriving economy, equity, and climate action. 

Shipp’s nearly 20 years of interdisciplinary experience in workforce development, small-business development, urban sustainability, and climate resilience ranges from direct service to policy and advocacy at the local and state levels. Before joining Urban, Shipp was executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN). There, she led SBN’s work to empower the region’s diverse independent businesses to do well by doing good; to advance industries critical to a vibrant, local, equitable, and climate resilient economy; and to advocate for an economic ecosystem that centers localism, serves community needs, shares wealth, and protects the planet. Before SBN, Shipp worked with opportunity youth and unemployed and underemployed adults.

Shipp is grounded in both the social and physical sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University and a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Areas
Climate, disasters, and environment
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros