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Sarah Wartell

MEMBER SINCE: 2016

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In 2012, Sarah Rosen Wartell became the third president of the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization that provides data and evidence to help improve the well-being of families and communities. Previously, Wartell was the founding chief operating officer and then executive vice president of the Center for American Progress. She also served as deputy assistant to the president for economic policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council and held advising and consulting roles at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Before her government service, Wartell practiced law with the Washington, DC, firm Arnold & Porter. Wartell serves on the board of Enterprise Community Partners, Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council, the executive board of the National Academy of Public Administration’s Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships, and the Sadie Collective’s Advisory Council. Her areas of expertise include community development, consumer finance, asset building, and housing finance.

History of Employment

Position
Division
Organization
Start
End
President & Trustee
Urban Institute
2012
Present
Executive Vice President
Center for American Progress & Action Fund
2003
2012
Executive Vice President for Management, Treasurer and Secretary
Center for American Progress & Action Fund
2003
2012
Chief Operating Officer
Center for American Progress & Action Fund
2003
2012
General Counsel
Center for American Progress & Action Fund
2003
2012
Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor
Georgetown University Law Center
2002
2003
Deputy Director and Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
Executive Office of the President
The White House
1998
2001
Special Assistant to the President
Executive Office of the President
The White House
1998
2001
Senior Advisor for Financial and Regulatory Affairs
National Economic Council
The White House
1998
2001
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
1993
1998
Associate
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Legislative Practice Groups, Arnold & Porter
1988
1993
Associate General Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Special Assistant to the Federal Housing Commissioner
Federal Housing Administration
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Coordinating Analyst
New York State Organized Crime Task Force
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Primary Sector of Expertise

Federal

Primary Functions