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Fiona Blackshaw

Fiona Blackshaw

Director, Editorial Services and Publications


Fiona Blackshaw, director of editorial services and publications at the Urban Institute, sets editorial style and standards. She manages the department’s day-to-day workflow, overseeing Urban’s in-house production editors and several freelancers. She also works with the digital communications, strategic communications, and external affairs teams to highlight the breadth and depth of Urban’s expertise and to communicate Urban’s findings to broad and specialized audiences.

Since joining Urban in 2002, Blackshaw has edited more than 1,700 print and digital products, highlighting research from all of Urban’s policy centers and major initiatives. She has also edited and overseen production of a dozen Urban Institute Press books, including Subprime Mortgages: America’s Latest Boom and Bust and Performance Measurement: Getting Results. Her current work focuses on boys and young men of color, housing affordability, housing finance policy, income and wealth inequality, and policy priorities for Washington, DC.

Before coming to Urban, Blackshaw was a project manager and production editor at Communications Development Inc., a copyeditor and proofreader at Graduate School USA, and a freelance copyeditor. She has a BA in English and theatre from Oberlin College and an MA in text and performance studies from Kings College, London.