Megan Randall is a research associate in the Urban Institute’s Research to Action Lab, where she brings expertise on state and local public finance to the Lab’s work on federal place-based programs, state and local economic development policy, and inclusive economic recovery. She also provides research and project management support to Urban’s Racial Equity Analytics Lab. Before joining Urban, she worked on state health care policy and advocacy at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (now Every Texan), state and local housing and disaster relief policy at Texas Appleseed, and state mental health care policy at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Her master’s thesis examined the effects of economic development tax abatements on public school finance in Texas.
Randall graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees in public affairs and in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin.