BiographyMary Hirt is an intern with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's community and economic development (CED) group. She is a first year master's student at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of City and Regional Planning, where she specializes in housing and community development. Her research interests include affordable housing, economic mobility, and equitable development. Hirt holds a bachelor of arts in international studies with minors in social work and urban studies from the University of Michigan (U-M). Previously, she worked with the U-M Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program, a study designed to assess sustainability trends on campus over time. After moving to Atlanta, Hirt interned with the Center for Civic Innovation, tackling local social challenges.