February 3, 2020

President of Urban Institute Joins Enterprise Community Partners’ Board of Trustees

This week, Enterprise Community Partners proudly welcomes Sarah Rosen Wartell, President of the Urban Institute, to its Board of Trustees.

In 2012, Wartell became the third president of the Urban Institute since its founding in 1968, leading more than 550 social scientists, policy experts, and communicators in pioneering economic and social science research and policy. Wartell has deep expertise working in both the public and private sectors with community development, consumer finance, asset building and housing finance.

“Sarah’s extensive expertise in social and economic policy, combined with her passionate commitment to strengthening communities, will bring new and dynamic insights to Enterprise,” said Priscilla Almodovar, chief executive officer of Enterprise Community Partners. “We are delighted to welcome Sarah to the Enterprise family and grateful for her partnership as we continue our work to create and expand opportunity nationwide.”

From 1993 to 1998, Wartell served as deputy assistant to the president for economic policy at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While at HUD, Wartell advised the federal housing commissioner on housing finance, mortgage markets and consumer protection. Later, she was a consultant to the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission. She worked as deputy director of the National Economic Council from 1998 to 2001.

After nearly a decade working in federal government, Wartell co-founded and was the first chief operating officer of the Center for American Progress, where her work focused on the economy and housing markets.

“Enterprise’s long-term leadership in affordable housing and dedication to creating equitable, inclusive and healthier communities strongly aligns with our mission at Urban Institute, as well as my personal passion for community building,” said Wartell. “I’m proud to join Enterprise’s Board of Trustees and look forward to working alongside Priscilla and her team to continue driving real change for families nationwide."

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