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Samantha Fu
Policy Associate
Research to Action Lab

Samantha Fu is a policy associate in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute, where she works to ensure that policymakers, practitioners, and advocates can leverage data and evidence to create more equitable and inclusive policies and programs. She leads and collaborates on projects related to housing, economic, and environmental justice, with a particular interest in how public policies can advance mitigation, adaptation, and resilience efforts while preventing displacement and increasing access to safe, affordable housing.

Samantha joined Urban from the California Policy Lab, where she conducted data-driven research in policy areas ranging from labor and employment to higher education and the social safety net. Before that, she worked in economic consulting at Cornerstone Research, on the analytics team for the 2016 Clinton campaign, and as a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago's Center for Data Science and Public Policy. She holds a master of public administration degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor's degree from McGill University.

Research Areas
Economic mobility and inequality
Climate, disasters, and environment
Race and equity
Social safety net