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Karolina Ramos
Policy Program Manager
Research to Action Lab

Karolina Ramos is a policy program manager in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute, where she manages partnerships and research projects on topics related to inclusive economies and equity-driven policymaking in communities, including work on upward mobility from poverty, equitable local uses of federal funding, affordable housing, and transportation.

Previously, Ramos worked to advance gender data in policymaking to improve outcomes for women and girls as a senior associate at the United Nations Foundation, and she researched civic technology and the social safety net with the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program. She has also served as a fellow with the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions center; in community development roles for the City of Burlington, Vermont; and as a White House intern during the Obama administration.

Ramos earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the George Washington University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Merit Fellow.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Race and equity
Social safety net
Income and wealth distribution