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Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

Jennifer Turnham is an accomplished housing researcher and policy analyst with more than 15 years of experience in producing high-quality data analysis, reporting and training, with a track record of strong people and project management.

Turnham conducts research on affordable housing for federal, state and local clients. She rejoined Abt in 2017, but originally began working at Abt Associates in 2000, spending 15 years as a senior associate. During this time she worked on studies of administrative costs in the Housing Choice Voucher program, the use of Community Development Block Grant funds for disaster recovery, and housing counseling for foreclosure prevention.

In between her time at Abt, she was an expert in the Office of Public and Indian Housing in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While there, she conducted data and policy analysis, including developing guidance and technical assistance materials for the implementation of the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act of 2016  and new lead-based paint requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher and Project-Based Voucher programs.


  • Qualitative research
  • Cost analysis
  • Housing program operations
  • Technical assistance
  • Program and policy analysis

Selected Publications