The Urban Institute has created a space for socially conscious thinkers to collaborate on and inspire positive change through public policy. A champion of social equity, I am a community builder at heart. My role at Urban allows me to work collaboratively with policy experts who care deeply about creating a safe and equitable society—a society where marginalized and underserved communities can flourish and thrive.
Greg Lorjuste is deputy chief of staff at the Urban Institute, where he supports the senior vice president for research and programs by advancing key institutional priorities, including the race and equity goals.
Starting his career in education, Lorjuste joined the Clinton Foundation, then the Obama For America campaign, and onto the White House for the duration of the Obama administration. In his role as the former deputy assistant and director of scheduling for former president Barack Obama, he oversaw the planning and execution of a wide range of events from the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC. He also accompanied the president on visits to more than 30 countries, including Afghanistan, South Africa, and the historic trip to Cuba in 2016, scheduling the most intricate of details along the way.
As the director of scheduling in former president Obama’s private office, Lorjuste supported projects that advanced the ideals and mission of the Obama Foundation and Presidential Center and work that protects the legacy of the Obama administration. Before joining Urban, Lorjuste worked at ACRONYM, a progressive digital infrastructure company, as its chief of staff.
Lorjuste is an award-winning leader with a lifelong dedication to public service. He sits on the board of directors for DreamWakers and the Ron Brown Scholar Program, nonprofit organizations that create opportunities for marginalized youth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and American studies from Rider University.