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Justin Milner
Vice President, Research to Action Lab
Research to Action Lab
I am passionate about working to improve outcomes for families and communities by ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to maximize their full potential. However, in order to do what is best for families, we have to know what works for families. Urban has long been a leader in research and evaluation to that end, and I am committed to finding ways to best translate that work into effective policy for evidence-driven leaders interested in improving the lives of children and families.

Justin Milner is vice president of the Urban Institute’s Research to Action Lab. His work centers on the intersection of research, policy, and practice; supporting efforts to engage effectively with policymakers and practitioners in applying research findings; and developing new evidence to improve outcomes for kids, families, and communities. Milner is the host of Urban’s Critical Value podcast and former director of both the Pay for Success Initiative and the Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative.

Before joining Urban, Milner was a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he focused on increasing the supply and take-up of evidence-based programs in child-serving public systems. He was also a detail to the Administration for Children and Families at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to lead an initiative focused on early language development for young children. Previously, Milner was a presidential management fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS and spent three years teaching in Los Angeles through Teach for America.

Milner received a BA in political science from Yale University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Milner is a board member of Case Commons.

Research Areas
Children and youth
Economic mobility and inequality
Nonprofits and philanthropy
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Global issues
Community and economic development
Evidence-based policy capacity
Foundations and philanthropy
Place-based initiatives
Pay for success