Elinor Haider oversees Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy work, as well as its arts and culture and religion grantmaking. In this role, she leads Pew’s efforts to help Philadelphia’s policymakers and civic partners address barriers to economic opportunity and learn from national experts about solutions that have been effective at improving government performance and accountability in peer jurisdictions. Haider also leads Pew’s support for the city’s vibrant civic and cultural life, through The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, as well as Pew’s work that aims to strengthen religious tolerance and literacy in America.
Before joining Pew, Haider served as vice president of market development for the environmental company Veolia North America, leading policy development and oversight for Veolia’s regulatory and sustainability departments. She previously served as deputy commerce director for Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and vice president of financing at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
Haider holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University, and master’s degrees in real estate finance and international economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, respectively.