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Eli Harel
Director of Center Operations
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
What drew me to the Urban Institute is a clear and focused mission in a collegial and supportive environment in the Finance and Operations field that inspires team work, continuous learning and provides the opportunity to continually propose creative solutions to complex challenges!

Eli Harel is director of center operations for the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she manages the overall operations portfolio of the center, oversees the workflow and supervision of the operations team, designs and implements center-wide procedures and systems to improve operational work, and collaborates with center leadership to proactively track and meeting operational goals. Before joining Urban, Eli served as senior award and finance manager at Save the Children, overseeing a varied and complex portfolio of federal and private funding. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in international relations, German, and Spanish, and a she holds a master of public administration degree from Rutgers University.