The Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute is, to me, an irreplaceable part of the important work done at Urban. Research can be helpful to policymakers only if it can be understood, be replicated at scale, and comes with technical assistance from highly qualified practitioners. The Lab is the vehicle that translates Urban’s cutting-edge research into actionable progress.
Martha Fedorowicz is a policy analyst in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute, where she works with local government agencies and nonprofits to deliver technical assistance and translate research into implementable policy. Before joining Urban, Fedorowicz was a special projects administrator with the City of Lansing, Michigan, where she developed internal tools, resources, and programs for the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, she specialized in neighborhood development, local government innovation, civic engagement, and housing policy. As a master’s student, Fedorowicz interned with the Detroit mayor’s office in the Department of Neighborhoods, developed the State of Michigan’s Racial Equity Toolkit for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and won the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Impact’s Social Impact Challenge in 2017. In 2018, she published the article “Toward a More Representative Democracy” in the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs.
Fedorowicz has a BA in political science and French from the University of Michigan. From 2012 to 2014, she was a youth development volunteer in Morocco for the Peace Corps.