Erika Poethig

“We had conceived of [SC2], and then had this amazing opportunity to implement it.”

Erika Poethig is director of urban policy initiatives and a Fellow at the Urban Institute. As Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Policy Development and Research at HUD, she was a key architect of the fellowship program within Strong Cities, Strong Communities.

At Urban, Poethig now assembles in-house experts to help local leaders draw insights from research and navigate policy challenges facing urban America in the 21st century. She also leads partnerships to develop new programs and strategies, translate research into policy and practice, and align philanthropic investments and federal policy.