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Ianna Kachoris

Program Officer

Ianna oversees the Foundation’s multi-year, $25 million How Housing Matters to Families and Communities research initiative. Her focus is on ensuring that this research—that explores whether and how having decent, stable housing that is affordable leads to improved education, health and economic opportunity—is an active part of policy conversations around housing finance and policy reform. Importantly, she is focused on engaging a broader set of stakeholders across disciplines in a conversation about how best to meet the housing needs of low- and moderate income families in a way that also enhances one’s life trajectory and outcomes.

Ianna has extensive experience in policy research, development and strategy. In her most recent role before joining the MacArthur Foundation, Ianna directed 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 joining Pew, Ianna served as Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and coordinated the Senator’s agenda to help create and retain economic opportunities in Massachusetts. She advised 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 of the House and Senate.

Ianna 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.

Ianna Kachoris works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Policy Research