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Gabi Velasco
Policy Associate
Research to Action Lab

Gabi Velasco is a policy associate in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute and works on a variety of projects. Before joining Urban, they worked with the sustainability program at the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, providing research and project management support across the state.

Velasco received a BA in sustainability studies, a BA in urban political ecology, and a minor in women’s and gender studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, Velasco was recognized as one of the Dean’s Distinguished Graduates, the highest distinction awarded by the college. While at the University of Texas, Velasco conducted research culminating in an honors thesis on environmental racism, zoning, and children’s health in East Austin.

Research Areas
Health and health care
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Social safety net
Race and equity
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial inequities in health