Donnie Charleston is director of state and local fiscal policy engagement at the Urban Institute. His work focuses on translating research for decisionmakers and translating the needs and priorities of state policymakers for Urban’s researchers, especially for its Tax Policy Center's State and Local Finance Initiative.
Charleston previously worked in the North Carolina legislature and with local-government agencies, including the North Carolina Association of Counties. He also was the assistant director for a university research institute and an economic policy manager at the North Carolina State University Institute for Emerging Issues. He holds a master's degree in sociology from North Carolina Central University, and his doctoral work at North Carolina State University focused on economic sociology and industrial and organizational sociology.