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Olivia Arena

Olivia Arena

Research Analyst

I was drawn to the Urban Institute’s commitment of melding high-quality research with practical implementation. I hope to explore and produce research that encourages proactive solutions to the problems facing urban centers.


Olivia Arena is a research analyst in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Arena graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Plan II honors, urban studies, and international relations, with concentrations in Latin American studies and geography. Her senior thesis explored urban interventions as a form of civic engagement in Austin, Texas.