Emily Blumenthal is a research assistant in the Policy Advisory Group at the Urban Institute, where she works on projects that involve multiple issue areas and bring together experts from various policy centers at Urban. Before joining Urban, Blumenthal served as a research aide at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. She previously interned with the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she primarily worked on the administration’s place-based efforts to boost economic development and build opportunity in communities across the country.
Blumenthal earned her bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, graduating with the highest university honors. Her work centered on economic development and housing issues as well as healthy community planning.