Angelique Gaines is a Research Associate at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. In this role, she conducts various research and evaluation projects in the Charlotte region. Her work at the Institute has focused on social well-being, economic opportunity, education and youth development, civic engagement, and housing.

Angelique believes research and evaluation are effective tools in creating social change. The ability to assess the assets and unique needs of a population is integral to creating effective policy and advancing social justice. 

In addition to her research, Angelique directs the Institute’s community engagement initiative, City Walks, which invites residents to experience new neighborhoods through free, citizen-led walks. Residents get to explore a variety of themes, from Charlotte’s changing development to art, culture, architecture, food, and economic mobility. Her work is informed by eight years of experience in research, evaluation, and community engagement. 

Angelique has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University, where her focus was on social policy and community development. Angelique also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration from the same university. Angelique seeks to make a difference in her community and in the lives of others.