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Graham MacDonald
Chief Information Officer
Vice President for Technology and Data Science

Graham MacDonald is chief information officer and vice president of technology and data science at the Urban Institute, where he leads the strategic planning and implementation of research, operations, and communications technology and works with staff across Urban to improve access to data, analytics tools, and innovative research methods.

Before starting his current role, MacDonald worked for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the California Housing Partnership Corporation, where he used innovative data collection, machine learning, data linking, and microsimulation techniques to solve problems. Before that, he was a research associate in the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and was the lead data visualization developer for interactive digital communications projects.

MacDonald holds a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University and earned an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley.

Research Areas
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Social safety net
Race and equity
Land use
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial barriers to housing
Racial equity in education
Community data use
Racial Equity Analytics Lab

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