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Leiha Edmonds

Leiha Edmonds

Research Associate

The Urban Institute’s research and reports not only inform high-level policy debates, but provide useful and accessible information to municipalities, social service organizations, and community members addressing urban policy issues at the local level.


Leiha Edmonds is a research analyst in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Edmonds conducts mixed methods research focused on community and economic development and place-based policy initiatives. Recent projects include the evaluation of the Economic Development Administration and Measure4Change Baltimore, a program to build performance measurement capacity for nonprofits in Baltimore. Before joining Urban, Edmonds worked as an inclusive mobility planner for the City of Evanston, Illinois, and as a community and union organizer in Chicago and East St. Louis, Illinois. Edmonds holds a master's degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.