Bill Pitkin
Senior Policy Fellow
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Research to Action Lab

Bill Pitkin is senior policy fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads research and work on housing justice and racial equity. He also advises on projects in the Research to Action Lab around economic mobility and affordable housing.

Pitkin has worked at the intersection of research, policy, and social change for nearly three decades in nonprofit, philanthropic, and academic sectors. Pitkin has advised leading foundations and nonprofit organizations on strategy and catalyzing social equity through investments in collaborative leadership and systems change and recently served as Professor of Practice at Pardee RAND Graduate School.  He spent more than a decade at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where he developed and directed U.S. programs. Among his accomplishments at Hilton, he helped establish models such as the Home for Good Funders Collaborative, Los Angeles County’s pay for success initiative, and the Los Angeles County Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool.

Pitkin served on the Funders Together to End Homelessness board of directors from 2008-2021 (chair from 2015-2018) and is a Fellow at Frameworks Institute.  He holds MA and PhD degrees in Urban Planning from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Research Areas
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Nonprofits and philanthropy
Race and equity