Chelsea Thomson is director of center operations in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she provides research and operational support. As a researcher, Thomson focuses on criminal justice reform and is the project director for the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. In addition to her role as a researcher, she provides management assistance and guidance to staff within the Justice Policy Center, including proposal assistance, contract review and negotiation, award compliance, and budgeting.
Before joining the Justice Policy Center, Thomson worked in Urban’s external affairs department, executing events and stakeholder outreach. She holds a BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.