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Diana Elliott
Senior Fellow, Research
Former employee
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  • All children in the United States should have the same opportunity to succeed, no matter who their parents are, what neighborhood they live in, or how much money their family has. I am a firm believer that rigorous research can be used to level the playing field and ultimately create a better society.

    Diana Elliott is a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. Her work focuses on families’ financial security and economic mobility and the programs and policies that support them, including housing affordability, apprenticeships, and financial empowerment. Elliott was previously research manager of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ work on financial security and economic mobility, where she was instrumental in fielding a major national survey on American family finances and published numerous reports and briefs about the state of financial well-being and economic mobility in the United States. Before joining Pew, Elliott was a family demographer in the fertility and family statistics branch in the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division at the US Census Bureau. Elliott holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

    Research Areas
    Economic mobility and inequality
    Wealth and financial well-being
    Asset and debts
    Community and economic development
    Beyond high school: education and training
    Financial stability

    Outside Affiliations
    Rooted Schools Foundation
    Board Member

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