Sydney is the Associate Director of the Charlotte Regional Data Trust at the Urban Institute, a division of urbanCORE at UNC Charlotte. She is a systems-level social worker with a love for integrated data. As part of her role, she helps manage the day-to-day operations of the Charlotte Regional Data Trust. She manages relationships with data partners and facilitates data sharing agreements and coordinates regular data updates. She also assists the community with using integrated data from the Data Trust. Sydney oversees the data license request process and coordinates the Data and Research Oversight Committee (DAROC), one of the Data Trust's key governance structures. She conducts outreach and engagement about the Data Trust, how to become a partner and how to use the data.
Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Sydney served as a Research Assistant at the NC Budget and Tax Center. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Warren Wilson College and a Masters in Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. A Colorado native, Sydney left her snowy home for the mountains of North Carolina and never left. She has worked at a federally qualified health center, finding healthcare resources for patients without insurance and at several non-profit law firms across NC, researching and practicing the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Transformation, social determinants of health, evictions, and affordable housing. Before coming to ISC, Sydney worked with the NC Budget and Tax Center doing policy research. She loves hiking, reading, Dolly Parton, and her dog Bree.