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. Wartell has an AB with honors in urban affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, a JD from Yale Law School, and an honorary undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.