Brett Theodos


Brett Theodos directs the Community Economic Development Hub at the Urban Institute where he is a principal research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. His work focuses on economic and community development, neighborhood change, consumer finance, and program evaluation and learning. Examples of programs he has researched include the New Markets Tax Credit program; Opportunity Zones; Small Business Administration loan and investment programs; HUD’s CDBG and Section 108 programs; and HUD’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network. He is currently studying CDFIs—their capitalization strategies and opportunities for scaling impact. In other work, he is researching commercial investment flows into Detroit, Baltimore and Chicago, and he is investigating the effects of several large place-based initiatives. Brett also co-directs Measure4Change, which provides technical assistance to nonprofits in performance measurement and facilitates a peer learning community.