Shannon Emiko Gedo is a research analyst in the Center for Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. She focuses on mixed-methods analyses and project management working primarily on child welfare and child policy research. Before joining Urban, Gedo worked at a research lab at the University of Chicago where she helped develop and manage a state-funded early childhood parenting program called Chat2Learn. Gedo has experience working on different types of evaluations, including an impact evaluation working with Head Start programs in South Chicago. In 2019, Gedo worked on a survey development project at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD. The survey Gedo developed explored how OECD governments coordinated with providers to serve families and children. Gedo’s research interests and background include early childhood development, educational equity, family services, and cross-system collaboration methods. Gedo earned her bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s of public policy degree with a certificate in survey research methodology from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. As a former educator, Gedo is committed to finding equitable, evidence-based programs and policies that support children, youth and families with the most need.