Nell Godellas is a project manager in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she helps manage the center’s operations and provides assistance on various research projects. Her operations tasks include proposal development, budget management, and contract modification, and her research tasks include creating data collection protocols, collecting and analyzing data, and developing project deliverables. Godellas’s research focuses on interventions designed to combat opioid and substance abuse, the impacts of substance abuse on children and families, and improving the conditions of US prisons.
Before joining Urban, Godellas worked on a state senate campaign in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she led all volunteer recruitment and management. She also worked as a research assistant for a project funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a project focused on the effects of substance use in families, following children from early childhood through early adulthood.
Godellas graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan, where she studied clinical psychology and moral and political philosophy.