Claire Cusella is a policy program manager in the Racial Equity Analytics Lab at the Urban Institute. Before joining Urban, Cusella spent seven years at Equal Justice Works, an organization dedicated to promoting lifelong commitments to public service and equal justice through legal fellowships. In her most recent role there, Cusella was senior manager of strategy execution, driving enterprise-level coordination on strategic planning goals and new initiatives while ensuring integration and continued success on core activities and events.
Before Equal Justice Works, Cusella was a scheduler and finance director in the Maryland State Senate, a fundraising associate for two progressive political action committees, and an organizer for a congressional campaign.
Cusella has a BA in political science and sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is certified as a project management professional by the Project Management Institute.