Beth Olberding

Research Analyst II


Beth is a Research Analyst on the Urban Development team at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She provides support on the production of knowledge products for the Sustainable Cities Impact Program including technical notes on various topics related to urban sustainability.

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, and economic impact analyses. Additionally, she wrote community case studies examining the challenges facing Appalachian towns and their success with revitalization. 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.

Beth holds a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental 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, baking, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.

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