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Tamar Shapiro

Tamar Shapiro

Nonresident Fellow


Tamar Shapiro is a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute. She has over 15 years of experience working on state and local policies related to land use, housing, economic development, and transportation in the US and Europe. She is former president and CEO of the Center for Community Progress in Washington, DC, an organization dedicated to helping cities address property vacancy and abandonment and building strong, stable neighborhoods.

Before joining Community Progress, Shapiro was senior director of urban and social policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she managed transatlantic urban policy programs with a focus on revitalizing older, industrial cities. Previously, Shapiro was director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design at Smart Growth America. She advised governors and their cabinet officials on state policies related to growth and development. An attorney by training, Shapiro also worked at Klein Hornig LLP, a law firm specializing in affordable housing development.

Shapiro received a BA from Harvard College, an MPhil in European studies from the University of Cambridge, and a JD from Harvard Law School. She received a McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Affairs to conduct a 2010 research project on vacant property policies in former East Germany. In 1999 and 2000, she was a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow in Berlin and worked at the Berlin Administration on Urban Planning and Environment and the German Institute for Urban Affairs.


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