David C. Blount is a research analyst in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he works to identify how social policies and participatory practices in community and economic development can lead to more equitable outcomes for communities of color.
His areas of research include youth development, workforce development, race equity, and systemic barriers to mobility out of poverty. Blount has led research examining access to the social safety net, poverty and youth development, food insecurity, and youth-led community change. Previously, he was a research assistant in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute where he conducted research focused on supporting youth and young adults’ social mobility in public housing.
Blount is a former Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. He also served as a City Year Chicago corps member as a literacy coach and behavior intervention specialist. Blount is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a BA in sociology and international studies.