Brandi Gilbert is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She has co-led number of disaster resilience projects, including evaluations of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Initiative and its Resilience Academies and Capacity Building Initiative, as well as a study on how to expedite postdisaster housing recovery efforts. Gilbert's areas of expertise also include disaster preparedness and recovery for youth. She conducted studies on long-term Hurricane Katrina recovery among adolescents and on the impacts of the 2010 BP oil spill on children and families in Gulf Coast communities engaged in the seafood and shipbuilding industries.
Gilbert is also the codirector of the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship—a pipeline program to cultivate the evaluation and research capacities of students of color and other underrepresented groups. She brings together multidisciplinary graduate students to engage in hands-on learning experiences around culturally responsive approaches through training workshops and internship placements in nonprofit and governmental agencies.
Gilbert earned her BA in elementary education from the University of Delaware and her PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder.