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Nancy M. Pindus
Urban Institute Associate
Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
I love to learn. My interests are broad because I see the connections between seemingly distinct disciplines, service systems, and policies. On the ground, it all comes together, and that is where I like to work, learn, and share insights.

Nancy Pindus is an Urban Institute associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, where she is an experienced policy researcher and project manager, specializing in program evaluation, organizational behavior, cost analysis, and service delivery. Her research projects have taken Pindus to communities across the country, examining program implementation and operations through interviews, on-site observations, and focus groups. She has studied economic development, welfare reform, employment and training, food assistance, and public health programs. She has also examined coordination across agencies and systems as well as local capacity building in many studies.

Pindus has been with Urban for 25 years; from April 2009 through June 2010, she served as Metro’s acting center director. She also codirected a four-year evaluation of the New Markets Tax Credit Program, including administrative data analysis, surveys and in-depth telephone interviews. She currently directs a study of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian housing needs, as well as a study of the Food Distribution program on Indian reservations.

Pindus holds a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified public accountant licensed in Maryland.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Social safety net
Race and equity
Wealth and financial well-being
Beyond high school: education and training
Community and economic development
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial inequities in economic mobility
Rural people and places
Native populations