Sarah Rosen Wartell

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Sarah Rosen Wartell
Education Princeton University, A.B.
Yale University, J.D.
Occupation President, the Urban Institute

Sarah Rosen Wartell is a public policy executive and housing markets expert who serves as president of the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan social and economic policy research institute in Washington D.C.


Wartell attended Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (A.B. degree with honors in urban affairs) and Yale Law School (J.D.).


Urban Institute[edit]

Wartell became the third president of the Urban Institute In February 2012, succeeding former president Robert D. Reischauer.[1]

Center for American Progress[edit]

Wartell co-founded the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive public policy and research organization. She served as its first chief operating officer and general counsel and later, as executive vice president. Her work focused on the economy and housing markets, and she directed the Mortgage Finance Working Group and "Doing What Works" government performance program.[2]

Clinton Administration[edit]

Wartell was President Bill Clinton's deputy assistant for economic policy and the deputy director of his National Economic Council. In the White House from 1998 to 2000, she led over a dozen interagency working groups, negotiated legislation, and managed administration policymaking in housing and community development, financial markets and banking, insurance, consumer protection, pensions, tort reform, and other areas.[3]

Housing and Urban Development[edit]

From 1993 to 1998, Wartell was a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Federal Housing Administration in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, advising the federal housing commissioner on housing finance, mortgage markets, and consumer protection.[4]

Wartell practiced law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Arnold & Porter, was a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and was a consultant to the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission.[5]

Wartell serves on the boards of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, Center for Law and Social Policy, and Low Income Investment Fund.[6]