Liza Getsinger is director of strategy and operations in the Urban Institute’s Research to Action Lab, an innovation hub serving decisionmakers and creative thinkers eager to effect social change. The Lab draws on the breadth and depth of Urban’s research insights to test new strategies; develop cutting-edge tools, programs, and trainings; and provide strategic advice to public, philanthropic, nonprofit, and private-sector leaders. Her expertise blends research, policy, and practice, with a focus on helping better connect decisionmakers with the evidence they need to solve problems. Getsinger directs engagements that cut across Urban’s policy centers and deepen Urban’s engagement in cities.
Before joining Urban, Getsinger worked at the National Housing Conference, where she helped craft policy, legislative, and programmatic initiatives on budget and tax issues; the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s regulatory and programmatic functioning; and neighborhood restoration. In Austin, Texas, she held several positions focused on youth services and affordable housing. Getsinger started her career as a researcher in Urban’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.
A graduate of DePaul University, Getsinger holds a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in social and economic policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was an endowed fellowship recipient.