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Joshua Aarons is a research assistant in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. He received his BA in economics from Carleton College, where he received distinction for his senior thesis, which presented evidence and discussed repercussions of referee discrimination in European club soccer.

Rob Abare is the editor of Urban Wire, where the Urban Institute’s researchers and staff share their latest insights, ideas, and evidence-based strategies for tackling America’s problems. Before joining Urban, Rob managed the blog of the Afterschool Alliance in Washington, DC. He also worked in the communications office of Davidson College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English.

Katya Abazajian is a research assistant in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She works in multiple subject areas including consumer financial protection, neighborhood development. Since starting at Urban, Abazajian has been involved with the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, the NeighborhoodInfo DC program, Promise Neighborhoods, and the DC Affordable Housing Preservation Network.

Martin Abravanel is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he has designed and directed various research and evaluation projects covering low-income housing programs; community development and revitalization programs; the fair housing law; and performance measurement—the latter including studies of customer satisfaction as well as national service. Abravanel chairs

Gregory Acs is vice president for income and benefits policy at the Urban Institute, where his research focuses on social insurance, social welfare, and the compensation of workers. He recently completed a study of the factors contributing to persistently high unemployment in the United States and policy responses to that problem. In addition, Acs has studied the low-wage labor market, changes in welfare policies and how they have affected

William Adams is a principal research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he conducts research on the federal criminal justice system, federal sentencing and corrections, crimes in Indian country, and human trafficking. His areas of expertise include criminal justice policy, justice statistics, the federal justice system, federal sentencing, and corrections. At Urban, Adams directs projects focused on federal

Gina Adams is a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Resources, and Population and directs the Urban Institute’s Low-Income Working Families and Kids in Context initiatives. Her research spans a range of issues that affect the well-being of children and families. She is a national expert on child care and early education, focusing on the broad range of policies and programs affecting the affordability, quality, and supply of child care

Mashaal Ahmed is a senior talent development specialist in the Office of Human Resources. She collaborates with colleagues across the Urban Institute on onboarding, training, and performance management initiatives. She also coordinates Urban’s annual mentoring program and contributes to internal projects advancing Urban’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Before joining Urban, Ahmed was a senior manager of student services and

Nikhita Airi is a research assistant in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. She graduated with honors from Reed College and holds a BA in economics.

Olugbenga Ajilore is a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute. He is an associate professor of economics at the University of Toledo. His current research tackles racial bias and policing. In the economics literature, the focus on his research has been on traffic stops and arrests. His work expands this focus to the use of lethal and nonlethal physical force. In addition to this work, Ajilore’s research applies spatial methodology to the study

Albert Alana is an integrated manager in digital enterprise at the Urban Institute. He designs, develops, and implements solutions to integrate such systems as Workday, Salesforce, Jamis Prime, SharePoint, and Box using technologies such as Web Services API, SOAP and REST integration, XML/XSLT, and C# API. Previously, he was a senior administrator for the users and support group, leading or coleading projects such as 8x8, Desk.com, SharePoint,

Eva H. Allen is a research associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on the effects of Medicaid policies and initiatives on disadvantaged populations, including people with chronic physical and mental health conditions, pregnant and postpartum women, and people with substance use disorders. Allen has played a key role in several federal demonstration evaluations, as well as research projects on a range

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