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Leah Hendey

Leah Hendey

Senior Research Associate


Leah Hendey is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses on policy to improve urban neighborhoods. She is experienced in transforming national and local administrative datasets to create neighborhood indicators and study neighborhood conditions. Since 2007, Hendey has been involved in Urban’s work with the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) and is its deputy director. She led an effort to provide technical assistance to build local data intermediary capacity in two sites and manages NNIP’s work related to integrated data systems.

In addition to research on neighborhoods across the country, Hendey has led several projects focused on the Washington, DC, region, including a recent survey on residents’ perceptions and attitudes and studies on foreclosure, affordable housing needs, and racial inequities. She has also been deputy director for Urban’s evaluation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods initiative and helped lead the econometric analysis for a study on public housing transformation and crime in Chicago. Hendey holds a master of public policy degree from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.