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Karen Leone de Nie

Vice President

Areas of Expertise: Housing and neighborhoods, workforce development, and small business
Recent Work: Economic mobility, Investing in America's Workforce, Small Business Credit Survey, and advancing careers
  • Biography

    Karen Leone de Nie is vice president and community affairs officer in the community and economic development (CED) group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She is responsible for building partnerships and leading research efforts related to community and economic development issues with the objective of improving the policy environment and facilitating sustainable community development practices. She works with colleagues in the Sixth District (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) and throughout the Fed system to study a variety of community and economic development issues, including foreclosure, small business development, and unemployment.

    Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, she was a researcher at Georgia Tech's Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, which does applied research to help communities achieve sound and equitable development through planning and policy. Leone de Nie also worked for the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan planning organization, focusing on real estate development and environmental resource management.

    She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master's degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.

  • Publications


    Prabal Chakrabarti, Karen Leone de Nie, Alene Tchourumoff. “Tackling Racial Equity through Community Development.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (November/December 2020).

    Brittany Birken, Ann Carpenter, Karen Leone de Nie, Sameera Fazili, Mary Hirt, David A. Jackson, Sarah Miller, Patrick Pontius, Julie Siwicki, Sarah Stein, Nisha Sutaria, and Janelle Williams. “Tackling the Unknown Together: Community Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).

    Will Lambe and Karen Leone de Nie. "Health and Community Development: Some Perspectives and Resources," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2015).

    Myriam Quispe-Agnoli and Karen Leone de Nie. "Taking the Pulse of Regional Low-Wage Workers," Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (July/August 2012).

    Blog Posts

    "Will the Housing Market Recovery Leave the Hardest-Hit Neighborhoods Behind?" Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta macroblog (September 17, 2012).

    Federal Reserve System Publications

    Daniel Paul Davis, David Kaufmann, and Karen Leone de Nie. Perspectives from Main Street: The Impact of COVID-19 on Communities and the Entities Serving Them. Federal Reserve System (April 2020).

    Other PublicationsOff-site link

    Karen Leone de Nie, Kyungsoon Wang, and Myungje Woo. "The Characteristics of Transit Rich Neighborhoods and Their Impact on Transit Ridership in the Atlanta Region," Urban Affairs Association conference (April 2015).

    Catherine L. Ross, Karen Leone de Nie, Andrew L. Dannenberg, Laurie F. Beck, Michelle J. Marcus, and Jason Barringer "Health Impact Assessment of the Atlanta BeltLine," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 42, No. 3 (March 2012).