URBAN INSTITUTE

Expert

Brett Theodos
Expert

Brett Theodos

Senior Fellow

Biography

Brett Theodos is a senior fellow and director the Community Economic Development Hub at the Urban Institute. His work focuses on economic and community development, neighborhood change, affordable homeownership, consumer finance, and program evaluation and learning.

HIs research includes evaluations of the Economic Development Administration, New Markets Tax Credit, Small Business Administration loan and investment programs, Opportunity Zones, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods, Community Development Block Grant, and Section 108 programs. He is studying how capital flows (or fails to flow) into communities, including the role of mission finance actors like Community Development Financial Institutions. He is leading a series of projects researching how entrepreneurs can access capital.

Theodos has conducted studies of neighborhood change and geographic mobility. He is evaluating several place-based (comprehensive community) initiatives. He has led multiple studies of affordable homeownership supports, including shared equity models, like community land trusts. In the financial capability space, he has led studies of financial coaching, financial curriculum, and rules of thumb for decisionmaking. He has explored the geography of debt.

Theodos is working to grow nonprofit capacity in performance measurement. He codirects Measure4Change, which provides technical assistance and facilitates a community of practice for nonprofits. Related to this work, he has led three RCT evaluations of youth workforce and education preparedness programs.

Theodos serves on the Board of the Douglass Community Land Trust.

Theodos received his BA from Northwestern University, MPP from Georgetown University, and PhD in public policy from the George Washington University.