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SAMANTHA FU

Hi there. I'm a policy analyst and researcher based in San Francisco, California. Both personally and professionally, I'm interested in how public policy can center social, economic, racial, and environmental justice.

 

I currently work at the Urban Institute's Research to Action Lab, where I translate research into actionable policy advice for public, nonprofit, and philanthropic actors. At present, my work at Urban focuses on equitable housing policy and economic mobility.

 

Before Urban, I was a quantitative researcher at the California Policy Lab, where I studied, amongst other things: ways to increase the take-up of public benefits (including financial aid and nutrition programs), the prevalence and nature of independent contracting in California, and privacy-preserving linkage methods. 

 

Prior to moving to California, I spent two years at the London School of Economics and Political Science earning a master's in public policy and administration. My graduate work included helping to combat tenant harassment in New York City as a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago and improving social protection programs in Uzbekistan as a graduate consultant for UNICEF.

 

Earlier in my career, I also worked on the analytics team for the 2016 Clinton campaign and spent a couple years as an economic consultant in New York. I have a bachelor's degree in finance from McGill University in Montreal.