Lauren Nolan

Lauren Nolan joined the Woodstock Institute in 2017 as the Director of Research. Lauren manages Woodstock’s research team and oversees its applied research initiatives. Lauren has an extensive background in community and economic development research and technical assistance with a focus on data, research methods, and policy analysis. Prior to joining the Woodstock Institute, Lauren served as a researcher and economic development planner at the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement—a research and technical assistance center housed in the College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has also taught Policy Analysis Methods at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lauren holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Lauren is a certified planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Recent posts by Lauren Nolan

Written by Lauren Nolan on February 16, 2018 - 12:15pm
Data on the number and amount of bank loans made to businesses are now available on Woodstock’s data portal. These data are important because they provide information about small business access to capital, which is a key element to growth and success. Small businesses create economic opportunity within neighborhoods, increase local employment opportunities, and provide residents a means of wealth building through entrepreneurship. Businesses that have access to adequate levels of capital grow more rapidly, hire more workers, and make more investments than businesses that do not have access. Without the availability of bank loans, small businesses often must turn to alternative forms of capital, which can come with high interest rates, onerous terms, and poor customer service.
Written by Lauren Nolan on October 3, 2017 - 6:03pm
Results from the latest American Community Survey (ACS) released on September 17th illustrate persistent inequality by race and ethnicity in income and homeownership rates among Chicago residents....