Katharine Elder
Katie Elder
Research Associate
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Katie Elder is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her main research interests include fair housing reform, homelessness, and rental assistance.

Before joining Urban, Elder was a research associate with Brandeis University’s Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, where she worked across several projects related to social justice philanthropy and racial equity. She holds an MPP from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis and an MA in sociology from McGill University, with support from the US Fulbright program.

Research Areas
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Nonprofits and philanthropy
Social safety net
Race and equity
Fair housing and housing discrimination
Housing vouchers and mobility
Rental housing
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial homeownership gap