Last Updated: May 15, 2017

Several Urban Institute staff support the NNIP network’s general operations and cross-site projects, in additional to their roles on research projects not directly related to the NNIP network. We refer to this group as the “NNIP HQ” staff.

NNIP leadership team:

Kathy Pettit (Director), Leah Hendey (Deputy Director), and Tom Kingsley (Director Emeritus) develop strategy and fundraise for the network, advise new partners and partners undergoing organizational change, develop content for the meeting and written products, and conduct external outreach.  Leah and Kathy also lead on NNIP’s cross-site projects and can answer any questions about Urban in general.

Other staff members:

Rob Pitingolo oversees partner engagement in the network. Rob can help you with:

  • Network stewardship and participation
  • Yearly data inventory
  • Onboarding new staff in your organization
  • Alumni network and associates
  • Meeting locations and logistics


Olivia Arena oversees NNIP’s communications and outreach. Olivia can help you with:

  • NNIP social media
  • NNIP website
  • NNIP listservs (NNIP News and partners/alumni)
  • Idea Showcase webinars
  • Ignite Showcase at NNIP meetings


Maia Woluchem and Sara McTarnaghan assist with operations and special projects.

Leah, Rob, and Maia also work on the NeighborhoodInfoDC program at Urban, which serves as the NNIP Partner for the Washington, D.C. area.

To contact any of the above staff members please email nnip@urban.org and we will direct your message to them. 

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