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Ashley Clark speaking at Data Day

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute staff are experienced speakers and presenters on a variety of topics. If you’d like a speaker for your event, please feel free to contact the speakers listed, or contact the institute’s main offices at 704-687-1210 or


Dr. Lori Thomas, Executive Director, Urban Institute and Charlotte Regional Data Trust

  • Housing instability
  • Chronic homelessness
  • Mixed Methods research
  • Evaluation
  • Participatory research models  




Bridget Anderson, Research Associate

  • Homelessness
  • Public Health
  • Social Capital

Angelique Gaines, Research Associate

  • Housing, homelessness
  • Education
  • Community Development and economic mobility

Sydney Idzikowski, Associate Director, Charlotte Data Trust

  • Racial Wealth Gap
  • Integrated Data Systems
  • Education
  • Health 

Dr. Bill McCoy, Emeritus Faculty

  • Age-Friendly communities
  • Housing issues for older adults
  • Community design for older adults
  • Senior villages as an Aging in Place strategy



Katie Zager, Research Associate


  • Quality of Life Explorer
  • GIS coding/mapping
  • Public Health