Beth Olberding

Research Analyst II


Beth is a Research Analyst II on UrbanShift, a WRI Ross Center program supporting sustainable and inclusive urban development in 23 cities across Asia, Africa and Latin America. She serves as the Gender Lead on UrbanShift, leads grant compliance and progress reporting, and supports research, partnership engagement and strategy.

Prior to joining WRI, Beth worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development where she assisted with data collection, interview and survey analyses, economic impact analyses, strategic reports and led a team of other graduate research students on a strategic community visioning report for the Town of Christiansburg.

Prior to working at the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, Beth served as a Community Economic Development Facilitator with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica where she also conducted research for her Master’s thesis focused on indigenous perspectives on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), an international climate initiative.

Beth holds a B.A. in Biology with a Concentration in Environmental and Biological Conservation from the University of Virginia and Master's degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Natural Resources from Virginia Tech.

In her free time, Beth enjoys traveling, walking her dog, baking, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.


  • UrbanShift

    Transforming cities for people and planet through sustainable, integrated and inclusive approaches to urban development

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