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Marta Urquilla Social Impact Beeck Center

Marta Urquilla

Deputy Director

With extensive experience working in communities as a civic leader across a variety of organizations, Marta is a leading expert on designing policy for outcomes and results, and she heads the Beeck Center’s work on outcomes and results-focused policies. Marta co-led the design and launch of the Social Innovation Fund in the U.S. Government, which became the model for innovation funds across other agencies. She started her career as an Echoing Green fellow working on youth and community development and creating community-led initiatives at the local and national level. 

As a Senior Policy Advisor to President Obama in the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Marta focused on evidence-based policy, innovative financing tools, and public-private partnerships to maximize federal resources and drive investment to effective solutions across communities in the U.S. She launched and supported several White House initiatives, including Pay for Success, the White House Council for Community Solutions, and Summer Jobs+. She also served on President Obama’s Presidential Transition Team, as a member of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform working group.

Prior to Georgetown, Marta worked as a partner at America Achieves, leading the work to identify promising practices in education and to advance results-oriented federal policy. She also worked at One Economy Corporation where she developed and led successful programs to bridge the digital divide by building the capacity of low-income communities and connecting them to opportunity. 

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Latin American Youth Center. 

Education: Duke University

Hometown: Born in San Salvador, El Salvador — grew up in Guilford, CT

Favorite Quote: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

What I’m Reading Now: Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Featured Blog Posts

Building Ethical Design Into Blockchain

Building Ethical Design Into Blockchain

March 15, 2018: With blockchain technology in its formative stage, developers and practitioners have an opportunity to set ground rules that will protect people and ensure an ethical approach to applications for social good.

The Blockchain Ethical Design Framework for Social Impact

The Blockchain Ethical Design Framework for Social Impact

March 8, 2018: The Beeck Center hosted a dinner to present a Blockchain Ethical Design Framework and host a moderated discussion on actionable strategies for the responsible development and implementation of blockchain.

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