Brett Theodos

Senior Fellow

Urban Institute


Brett Theodos directs the Community Economic Development Hub at the Urban Institute where he is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. His work focuses on economic and community development, neighborhood change, affordable homeownership, consumer finance, and program evaluation and learning. He is currently leading several efforts to study and inform the implementation of Opportunity Zones. His other work includes studies of the Economic Development Administration, the New Markets Tax Credit program, small business loan and investment programs, and HUD’s Community Development Block Grant and Section 108 programs. He is studying how capital flows (or fails to flow) into communities, and the roles of mission finance actors like CDFIs. He is investigating the effects of several large place-based initiatives. Mr. Theodos also co-directs Measure4Change, which provides technical assistance to nonprofits in performance measurement and facilitates a peer learning community.

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