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Ajay Chaudry Is Appointed Director of the Urban Institute's Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population

Document date: January 11, 2007
Released online: January 11, 2007

Contact: Stu Kantor, (202) 261-5283, skantor@ui.urban.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 11, 2007 -- New York City agency administrator, educator, and researcher Ajay Chaudry will become the director of the Urban Institute's Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population February 12.

The center, one of the Urban Institute's 10 research divisions, probes emerging demographic, labor market, and social service trends, as well as issues ranging from immigrant work patterns to the effectiveness of programs affecting children and families. It also evaluates services dealing with homelessness, child welfare, and job training and studies child care and youth development.

Chaudry comes to the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute after two years as deputy commissioner for child care and Head Start in New York City's Administration for Children's Services. While with the city agency, Chaudry managed 450 employees and an annual budget of about $900 million. From 1993 to 2004, Chaudry was a faculty member and senior research fellow in urban and social policy at The New School's graduate school for management and urban policy.

Between 1992 and 2004, Chaudry headed a policy consulting practice focusing on improving social services delivered by government and nonprofits. Projects included redesigning child care subsidies in five New York counties, helping a neighborhood organization create a seamless early childhood program that integrates center- and home-based child care services, analyzing the outcomes of services for the homeless in New York City's Times Square, and advising five states on streamlining access to social services, health care, education, and other programs for young children and their families.

Other posts include senior policy analyst at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, senior staff associate at the National Center for Children in Poverty, and senior policy analyst with the Manhattan borough president.

Chaudry is the author of Putting Children First: How Low-Wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care, a 2005 semi-finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award. He holds a doctorate and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University. He has held fellowships from Harvard's Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy and Kennedy School of Government.

"Ajay's experience on the front lines delivering essential human services, in the classroom educating the next generation of program administrators and scholars, and in an array of research environments exploring new ways to make programs better will be invaluable to the work of the Institute," said Robert Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute.

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The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic, and governance challenges facing the nation. More information about its Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population is available at http://lhp.urban.org.

Topics/Tags: | Children and Youth | Employment | Families and Parenting | Immigrants | Poverty, Assets and Safety Net | Race/Ethnicity/Gender

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