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Jorge González-Hermoso
Research Associate
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
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  • Jorge González-Hermoso is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he focuses on small businesses and community development finance. His research also explores issues related to transportation, public spaces, and the racial wealth gap.

    González-Hermoso’s work has been featured in the New York Times, CityLab, Planetizen, Curbed, and other outlets. He has also been quoted in Politico, NPR, Next City, and Governing and has made appearances on Telemundo and Univision.

    Before joining Urban, González-Hermoso worked for Mexico’s Office for Asset Management and Disposal, coordinating initiatives to repurpose unused government-owned land and rail infrastructure.

    González-Hermoso earned his BA in international relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and earned his MPP from the University of Chicago, where he was a Fulbright grantee and a Dean’s scholar.

    Research Areas
    Economic mobility and inequality
    Global issues
    Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
    Wealth and financial well-being
    Race and equity
    Small businesses
    Community development finance and CDFIs
    Community and economic development
    Immigrants and the economy
    Impact investing
    Latinx communities
    Place-based initiatives
    Racial inequities in economic mobility
    Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development
    Racial wealth gap
    International urban development and the environment
    Parks and green space
    Featured Work
    Gas station
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    Outside Affiliations
    Network for Culture and Arts Policy

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