Ms. Dowdall is Policy Director for Policy Solutions at Reinvestment Fund. Her focus is helping clients apply research results in making data-driven programming and investment decisions. Recent projects include the development of neighborhood investment strategies for Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, residential market studies in New Orleans and Richmond, VA, and a blight remediation plan for Northampton County, PA. She is facilitating a multiyear, mixed-method analysis of evictions in Philadelphia that is designed to yield changes in process, resource allocation, and outcomes. Ms. Dowdall also oversees technical assistance provided to community-based organizations engaged in comprehensive neighborhood planning efforts.
Prior to Reinvestment Fund, she led research efforts on critical issues facing Philadelphia and other cities for the Pew Charitable Trusts, producing major reports on topics including gentrification and neighborhood change, the role of public libraries in big cities, property taxes, and school building closures and reuse. Before Pew, Ms. Dowdall worked as a Research Manager at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU and at Bennett Midland LLC, a management consulting firm focused on the civic sector. She was also a Senior Policy Analyst for the New York City’s Office of the Mayor. Ms. Dowdall has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on community and economic development, and a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from New York University.