This page lists former EPAR faculty and research assistants and is updated periodically. To see current EPAR members, visit Who We Are.

PAST FACULTY

  • Carlos E. Cuevas joined the Evans School in the Winter of 2013. He lectures on development finance, development practice, and program evaluation. Before joining the Evans School, Cuevas was Deputy Director of the Financial Services for the Poor initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. The initiative supports the provision of financial services to low-income clients with a strong emphasis on safe savings and payments.
  • Travis Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont and joined EPAR in 2015. Reynolds received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Evans School in 2011 and worked on several EPAR research projects during his studies at the Evans School. His current research focuses on international environmental policy, including community-based forest management, global food policy, carbon forestry, and payments for ecosystem services.
  • Ayala Wineman joined EPAR as a Research Associate in September 2017. She earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics from Michigan State University in 2017. Her research relates broadly to poverty and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

PAST POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

  • Aline Meysonnat joined the Evans School as a Research Associate in October 2018. Her research relates broadly to economic growth, poverty reduction, and, more recently, women empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region. Currently, she works on projects related to gender inequality and women empowerment in agriculture. She earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. After obtaining her degree, she spent one year as a research associate at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).
  • Rebecca Walcott’s research interests are in the fields of international development, health policy, and economic evaluation. She holds an MPH from the University of Georgia, along with certificates in Disaster Management and Global Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia and also has professional experience as a data manager, operations manager, and grant writer in the nonprofit sector. Her dissertation is focused on digital innovations for financial inclusion, including the regulation of mobile money and policy decisions of microfinance institutions. While at UW, she has worked as a research assistant with the Evans Policy and Research Group, the COVID-19 State Policy Research Team, and the International Program in Public Health Leadership.
  • Olayinka Adegbite is an Agricultural economist specialized in Agricultural finance and rural development. Her research focuses on the financial inclusion of low-income groups like small-scale producers and women with a keen interest in gender and women empowerment, measurements, impact on livelihoods, and policy interventions. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and was hosted by the University of Washington as a World Bank Robert S. McNamara fellow. She serves as a consultant for the Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups. She also serves as a principal research officer at the National Horticultural Research Institute in Nigeria. Previously, she served as a research assistant for agricultural financial policy with USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security, University of Pretoria, South Africa. She holds a MSc and a B.A. in Agricultural economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

PAST RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

2022

  • Anna Alvarez — (EPAR 2022-2023) University of Washington, Master of Communication Program Candidate
  • Amanda Bishop — (MPA class of 2023, EPAR 2022-2023) University of Washington, Master of Public Administration
  • Haley Skinner — (MPA class of 2023, EPAR 2022-2023) US Environmental Protection Agency, Economist

 

2021

  • Josh Grandbouche — (MPA class of 2022, EPAR 2021-2022) Washington State Department of Ecology, Zero Emissions Vehicle Specialist
  • Ushanjani Gollapudi — (MPA class of 2023, EPAR 2021-2023) World Bank ESMAP, Consultant
  • Lucero Marquez — (MPA class of 2023, EPAR 2021-2023) University of Washington, Master of Public Administration
  • Helen Ippolito — (MPA class of 2023, EPAR 2021-2022) University of Washington, Master of Public Administration
  • Jacob Wall — (MPA class of 2023, EPAR 2021-2023) US National Parks Service, Research Analyst
  • Chae Won Lee — (MPA class of 2023, EPAR 2021-2022) University of Washington, Master of Public Administration
  • Sebastián Wood Vilaseca — (MPA class of 2023, EPAR 2021-2023) University of Washington, Master of Public Administration

2020

  • Kelsey Figone — (MPA class of 2022, EPAR 2020-2022) UCLA and the California Center for Population Research, Research Data Analyst
  • Tiffany Ha — (MPA class of 2022, EPAR 2020-2022) Sankofa Consulting, Evaluation Officer
  • Basil Hariri — (MPA class of 2022, EPAR 2020-2022) King County, Performance Auditor 
  • Rebecca Hsu — (MPA class of 2022, EPAR 2020-2022) IHME, Researcher

2019

  • Carly Schmidt — (MPA class of 2020, EPAR 2019-2020) State of Washington, Performance Auditor
  • Connor Hennessy — (MPA class of 2021, EPAR 2019-2021), University of Washington, The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Data Specialist
  • Andrew Tomes — (MPA class of 2021, EPAR 2019-2021), University of Washington, Evans School Policy Analysis & Research Group, Research Scientist
  • Marina Kaminsky — (MPA class of 2021, EPAR 2019-2021), North Star Civic Foundation, Research and Special Projects Manager

2018

  • Rohit Gupta — (MDS class of 2019, EPAR 2018-2019) 84.51˚, Data Scientist
  • Nina Forbes — (MPA class of 2020, EPAR 2018-2020) Colorado Legislature, Research and Committee Analyst
  • Anu Sidhu — (MPA class of 2020, EPAR 2018-2020) King County, Management Auditor
  • Samantha Kiel — (MPA class of 2020, EPAR 2018-2020)

2017

  • Vivian Gor — (MPA class of 2018, EPAR 2017-2018) 
  • Chelsea Sweeney — (MPA class of 2018, EPAR 2017-2018) The Policy and Research Group, Research Analyst
  • Elan Ebeling — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2019) PATH, Research Associate 
  • Annie Rose Favreau — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2019) Moss Adams, Public Sector Consulting Manager
  • Terry Fletcher — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2019) Millennium Challenge Corporation, Development Policy Officer
  • Melissa Howlett — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2019) ORS Impact, Senior Consultant
  • Isabella Sun — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2019) Symetra, Data Scientist
  • Emma Weaver — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2019) TRC Companies, Consultant
  • Namrata Kolla — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2019) Allen Institute for AI (AI2), Product Manager
  • Kels Phelps — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2018) Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Enterprise Performance Measurement Coach
  • Nida Haroon — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2017-2019) The Trust for the Americas, Consultant 

2016

  • Ryan Scott — (PhD class of 2017, EPAR 2016-2017) Colorado State University Department of Political Science, Assistant Professor 
  • Trygve Madsen — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2016-2017) Earth Economics, Senior Research Analyst
  • Karen Chen — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2016-2017) U.S. Government Accountability Office, Analyst, Natural Resources and Environment
  • Andrew Orlebeke — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2016-2017) U.S. House of Representatives, Legislative Assistant
  • Daniel Graham Andrews — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2016-2017) PhD Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Beijie (Tina) Wang — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2016-2017) 
  • Jack Knauer — (MPA class of 2018, EPAR 2016-2018) U.S. Government Accountability Office, Analyst
  • Kirby Callaway — (MPA class of 2018, EPAR 2016-2018) Environmental Investigation Agency, Campaign Coordinator, Forests
  • Daniel Lunchick-Seymour — (MPA class of 2018, EPAR 2016-2018) BIO Ventures for Global Health, Senior Program Manager
  • Max McDonald — (MPA class of 2018, EPAR 2016-2018) Bootstrap Financial Services, Chief Executive Officer
  • Emily Morton — (MPA class of 2018, EPAR 2016-2018) TRC Companies, Consultant
  • David Coomes — (MPA class of 2019, EPAR 2016-2018) University of Washington, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate Research Assistant

2015

  • Caitlin Aylward — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2015-2017) Building Changes, Evaluation Associate
  • Maggie Beetstra — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2015-2017) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow
  • Matthew Fowle — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2015-2017) University of Washington, Public Policy & Management PhD Candidate
  • Melissa Greenaway — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2015-2017) U.S. Government Accountability Office, Analyst, Physical Infrastructure Team
  • Megan Ko — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2015-2016) King County Auditor's Office, Senior Management Auditor
  • Rowena (Sace) Johnson — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2015-2016) King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Capital Project Manager
  • Caitlin O'Brien-Carelli — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2015-2017) Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Senior Strategic Information and Evaluation Officer

2014

  • Kiran Javaidd — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2014-2015) Acumen LLC, Data & Policy Analyst
  • Katie Panhorst Harris — (MPA class of 2016, EPAR 2014-2016) IHME, Evaluation Specialist
  • Mia Neidhardt — (MPA class of 2016, EPAR 2014-2016) King County Government, Management Auditor
  • Andrew Martin — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2014-2015) GiveWell, Research Analyst
  • Eugenia Ho — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2014-2015)
  • Brian Hutchinson — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2014-2015) RTI International, Research Public Health Analyst
  • Jordan Clarke — (MPA class of 2016, EPAR 2014-2016) Washington State House of Representatives, Fiscal Analyst
  • Sarah Coney — (MPA class of 2017, EPAR 2014-2015) Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, Research Assistant
  • Monica Richardson — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2014-2015) Triangle Area Parenting Support, Founder and Director
  • Audrey (Lawrence) Royston — (MPA class of 2016, EPAR 2014-2016) Jibu, Monitoring & Evaluation Expert
  • Melissa LaFayette — (MPA class of 2016, EPAR 2014-2016) National Development Council, Assistant Director
  • Samantha Novak — (MPA class of 2016, EPAR 2014-2015) Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, Manager of Community Programs

2013 

  • Jaron Reed Goddard — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2013-2014) University of Washington, Regent
  • Jessica Rudder — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2013-2015, PhD) University of California-Davis, Agricultural & Resource Economics 
  • Mathew Lane — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2013-2015) Wave, Compliance Officer
  • Zoe True — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2013-2015) Intentional Futures, Senior Strategist
  • Allison Kelly — (PhD class of 2017, EPAR 2013-2015) PhD University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability, FLARE Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Pierre Biscaye — (MPA class of 2014, EPAR 2013-2014) University of Washington, Research and Strategic Initiatives Manager - EPAR
  • Chris Clark — (MPA class of 2015, EPAR 2013-2015) State of Oregon, Policy Analyst

2012

  • Dan Jones — (MPA class of 2013, EPAR 2012-2013) Washington State House of Representatives, Fiscal Analyst
  • Jacob Lipson — (MPA class of 2013, EPAR 2012-2013) Washington State House of Representatives Office of Program Research, Research Analyst (Environment Committee)
  • Patti Orozco — (MPA class of 2013, EPAR 2012-2013) Synergos Institute, Program Manager
  • Alice Golenko — (MPA class of 2014, EPAR 2012-2014) OECD, Junior Policy Analyst
  • Angela Gaffney — (MPA class of 2014, EPAR 2012-2014) MEF Associates, Social Policy Research Associate
  • Caitlin McKee — (MPA class of 2014, EPAR 2012-2014) Center for Global Development, Research Assistant

2011

  • Rico Natali — (MPA class of 2012, EPAR 2011-2012) BMGF AgDev Team, Program Officer
  • Katie Stahley — (MPA class of 2012, EPAR 2011-2012) BMGF, Program Officer
  • Kennedy Leavens — (MPA class of 2012, EPAR 2011-2012) Awamaki, Founder & Executive Director
  • Alexander Chew — (MPA class of 2013, EPAR 2011-2013) ORS Impact, Consultant
  • Claire Kpaka — (MPA class of 2013, EPAR 2011-2013) Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Consultant
  • Elly Slakie — (MPA class of 2013, EPAR 2011-2013) King County Office of Performance, Strategy, & Budget, Executive Analyst

2010

  • Kristen (Holway) Arterburn — (MPA class of 2011, EPAR 2010-2011) Google, Global Business Manager
  • Travis Reynolds — (PhD class of 2011, EPAR 2010-2011) University of Vermont, Associate Professor 
  • Justin Paulsen — (MPA class of 2012, EPAR 2010-2012) Indiana University, Inquiry Methodology PhD Candidate
  • Karina Derksen-Schrock — (MPA class of 2012, EPAR 2010-2012) States' 4-H International, Program Manager
  • Kate Schneider — (MPA class of 2012, EPAR 2010-2012, PhD) Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition 

2009

  • Cameron Clark — (MPA class of 2010, EPAR 2009-2010) City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning, Senior Policy and Planning Specialist
  • Katherine Killebrew — (MPA class of 2010, EPAR 2009-2010) US Government Accountability Office, Senior Analyst
  • Katie (Hampton) Johnston — (MPA class of 2010, EPAR 2009-2010) City of Tacoma Office of Budget and Management, Manager
  • Amy Pennington — (MPA class of 2011, EPAR 2009-2011) BMGF Strategy, Measurement, Learning & Evaluation Team, Program Officer
  • Cecily (Stokes-Prindle) Wallman-Stokes— (MPA class of 2011, EPAR 2009-2011) The Behavioural Insights Team, Advisor

2008

  • Georgine Yorgey — (MPA class of 2009, EPAR 2008-2009) WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources, Associate Director
  • Joelle Cook — (MPA class of 2010, EPAR 2008-2010) FSG, Associate Director
  • Ryan Gockel — (MPA class of 2010, EPAR 2008-2010) Downtown Seattle Association, Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects Manager
  • Jessica (Henson) Cagley — (MPA class of 2010, EPAR 2008-2010) SAID, Bureau for Food Security, Division Chief of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activities - Feed the Future Initiative
  • Jonathan Armah — (MPA class of 2010, EPAR 2008-2010) USAID, Food for Peace Officer - Kinshasa, DRC
  • Julie Wroblewski — (MPA class of 2010, EPAR 2008-2010) Pivotal Ventures, Executive Office of Melinda Gates, VC Investment Lead