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In this role she oversees the Foundation’s multi-year, $25 million How Housing Matters to Families and Communities research initiative.
Ianna joined the Foundation in 2010 after directing Pew’s Economic Mobility Project including all programmatic aspects of the project, overseeing research publications and guiding the development of a policy agenda with bipartisan consensus. Prior to her time at Pew, Ianna served as Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on issues ranging from housing and community development to telecommunications, research and development, international trade and economic policy, and was his liaison to the Joint Economic Committee.
She also managed the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Midwest office, and worked on cross-jurisdictional housing issues for the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago. She began her career as an analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Evaluation and Inspections conducting program evaluations of federal programs including TANF, Head Start, Medicaid, and Medicare.
Ianna has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology from Emory University.