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Kathryn Reynolds
Principal Policy Associate
Research to Action Lab
  • Profile
  • Outside Affiliations
  • Kathryn (Kate) Reynolds is a principal policy associate with the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute. Her work focuses on affordable rental housing, housing stability, and equitable community and economic development.

    Since March 2020, Reynolds has led Urban’s efforts to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the rental housing market. She is an adviser to the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Eviction, Housing Stability and Equity. Previously, Reynolds served on the White House Council for Strong Cities, Strong Communities, a council founded by President Obama to help achieve economic recovery in US cities. As the council’s deputy director, Reynolds oversaw implementation of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative in 14 cities nationwide and managed a council of representatives from 19 federal agencies. She was a 2011–13 Presidential Management Fellow.

    Reynolds holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she focused on public policy and urban development.

    Reynolds is an adviser to the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Eviction, Housing Stability and Equity.

    Research Areas
    Economic mobility and inequality
    Wealth and financial well-being
    Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
    Community and economic development

    Outside Affiliations
    ABA Task Force on Eviction, Housing Stability and Equity
    Federal Eviction Policy Working Group (co-led by the National Housing Law Project and National Low Income Housing Coalition)
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