Kimberly Burrowes is a technical assistance specialist in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute. Burrowes’s research has focused on advancing racial equity in parks and public spaces, practices and policies for affordable housing solutions, and participatory engagement.
Burrowes thinks about how to provide an equity framing to local policy solutions for the built environment, using placemaking and community engagement tools. Within her technical assistance role, Burrowes works with local government agencies and nonprofits to build their capacity to tackle policy challenges. She has advised local agencies on the equity impacts of placemaking, community-based nonprofits focused on housing stability and equity, county-level criminal justice system agencies, and most recently, resident engagement approaches for municipalities exploring financial empowerment plans.
Before joining Urban, Burrowes worked with the urban development and disaster risk management unit at the World Bank, focusing on projects in the Caribbean and East Asia. Before that, she worked on affordable housing policy at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership in Boston and the Island Housing Trust on Martha’s Vineyard.
Burrowes has a BA in geography and international development and an MA in community development and urban planning from Clark University.