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Jimmy Gastner joined the Community Development and Regional Outreach Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in February 2018. Before joining the Bank, he worked for the Urban Institute as a policy analyst. At Urban, Gastner studied how access to safe, affordable housing can serve as a platform for individuals and communities, and he examined housing’s connection with health, education, and economic mobility. He also worked extensively in Detroit and southeast Michigan to help facilitate collaborative, research-based policymaking and community development efforts, and he also supported key organizational initiatives while at Urban. Previously, Gastner interned with the DC Fiscal Policy Institute at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Gastner has a B.A. in economics and political science from Swarthmore College.