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Sarah Wartell


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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. 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.

History of Employment

President & Trustee
Urban Institute
Executive Vice President
Center for American Progress & Action Fund
Executive Vice President for Management, Treasurer and Secretary
Center for American Progress & Action Fund
Chief Operating Officer
Center for American Progress & Action Fund
General Counsel
Center for American Progress & Action Fund
Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor
Georgetown University Law Center
Deputy Director and Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
Special Assistant to the President
Senior Advisor for Financial and Regulatory Affairs
National Economic Council
The White House
Associate General Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations
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
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Legislative Practice Groups, Arnold & Porter
Coordinating Analyst
New York State Organized Crime Task Force
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