Sarah Gillespie is a Research Director in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Ms. Gillespie’s research focuses on housing and homelessness, place-based initiatives, and performance measurement. She was project director for a five-site experimental evaluation of supportive housing for families involved in the child welfare system and is currently evaluating a rapid rehousing program for families in the Bay Area. She also leads technical assistance on place-based and collective impact efforts for federal Promise Neighborhood grantees. Prior to the Urban Institute, Ms. Gillespie worked as a program manager at the Department of Housing and Urban Development where she focused on development and management of public-private partnerships to support a variety of Departmental priorities.