The EPAR model brings talented Graduate Research Assistants with diverse technical and professional skills together with faculty oversight, expert advising from a wide network of scholars and practitioners, and the supporting infrastructure of the University of Washington to provide research and analysis that meets high standards of academic rigor while still being accessible to a broad, non-technical audience. EPAR’s mentorship model, where second-year Research Assistants train and support first-year Research Assistants, helps to ensure the continuity and quality of our research, leverages diverse skill sets, and allows EPAR to take on longer-term research initiatives.
Leigh Anderson received her PhD in Economics from the University of Washington in 1989 and joined the Evans School faculty in 1997. Her primary research interest is in how individuals living in poverty make financial, environmental, health, and other livelihood decisions, especially when outcomes are highly risky or spread over time. Her current research focuses on rural poverty and agriculture, and market and policy institutions. Professor Anderson founded EPAR in 2008, and continues to directs its research as EPAR's Principal Investigator. In addition to directing EPAR, Anderson serves as the Marc Lindenberg Professor for Humanitarian Action, International Development, and Global Citizenship and as Associate Dean of Innovation, and teaches courses in economics, statistics, and international development.
Travis Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College in Maine, and joined EPAR as co-Principal Investigator in 2015. Reynolds received a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Evans School in 2011, and worked on several EPAR research projects during his studies at the the Evans School. His current research focuses on international environmental policy, including community-based forest management, global food policy, carbon forestry, and payments for ecosystems services. In addition to his work with EPAR, Reynolds also leads a research project studing church forests in rural Ethiopia, and teaches courses in international environmental policy, global food policy, and rural livelihoods.
Carlos E. Cuevas joined the Evans School in Winter 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. Prior to joining the foundation in March 2009, Dr. Cuevas was Financial Sector Policy Advisory Consultant at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and The World Bank Group (since February 2008), and before that a Financial Sector Development Adviser at the World Bank between March 1995 and January 2008. A specialist in rural finance and microfinance, Cuevas has worked on cooperative finance, development banking, and regulatory and supervisory issues. He managed or participated in World Bank lending operations, sector work and technical assistance worldwide during his 13 years as regular staff. Before joining the World Bank, he was a Senior Microenterprise Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (1993-1995), and prior to that an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics and Finance at The Ohio State University (1984-1993). Dr. Cuevas holds a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from the Catholic University of Chile and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University.
Alison Cullen joined the Evans School faculty at University of Washington in 1995. Her research involves the analysis of risks to human health and the environment, decision making in the face of risks which are uncertain or vary spatially, temporally and across populations, and the application of value of information and distributional techniques. At University of Washington she is also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and in the College of the Environment, and serves on the Boards of the Program on Climate Change and the Environmental Management Certificate. Cullen holds a Sc.D. in Environmental Health Management and a M.S. in Environmental Health Science, Exposure Assessment, and Engineering from Harvard University School of Public Health. She also holds a B.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Marieka M. Klawitter joined the Evans School faculty in 1990. Her research focuses on public policies that affect work and income, including studies of the effects of asset-building policies, welfare policies, intra-household bargaining, and anti-discrimination policies for sexual orientation. Klawitter teaches courses on public policy analysis, quantitative methods, program evaluation, asset-building for low income families, and sexual orientation and public policy. Klawitter holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and a MPP and AB in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Carol Levin is an expert in costing health technologies and interventions delivered in public health delivery systems. Currently, she is the director for the Global Health Cost Consortium to strengthen access to, and the use of, high quality cost data for HIV and TB. Previously, she led the systematic review of costs of global health interventions as part of the Disease Control Priorities Project. Her interests are in conducting research on the costs and cost-effectiveness of introducing and scaling up public health interventions related to maternal, reproductive and child health, and HIV. She has also recently conducted research on the costs of domestic programs in the US, recently completing work with colleagues at UW Department of Psychiatry to estimate the cost of initiatives in the Washington State mental health program. In addition to health economics, she is also an expert in the area of food security and nutrition policy, where most recently she focused on implementing and evaluating an integrated agriculture and health project to maximize health and nutrition outcomes. She was also a contributing author to the 2015 Global Nutrition Report on defining healthy food systems.
Pierre Biscaye (MPA ’14) is the Research & Strategic Initiatives Manager for EPAR, and worked as an EPAR Research Assistant while completing his degree at the Evans School. He is also the research coordinator for a USAID grant conducting field research on farmers' groups in Tanzania with Evans School Professors Mary Kay Gugerty and C. Leigh Anderson. Prior to graduate school he supported literacy and other education projects for World Vision International in East Africa, and worked as a monitoring and evaluation program officer for Africare in Burkina Faso. He received a BA in International Studies from Whitworth University.
Katie Panhorst Harris (MPA ’16), Data & Communications Specialist, worked for two years as an EPAR Research Assistant while at the Evans School. Katie previously served with AmeriCorps and worked at an education nonprofit in the Seattle Public Schools. She holds a BA in Geography and Spanish from Middlebury College and has international experience in Latin America. She is interested in international development, social policy, and statistical and spatial analysis and visualization.
Maggie Beetstra (MPA ’17) is focusing her studies on environmental and natural resource policy and the relationship between science and environmental policy decisions. Before joining the Evans School, Maggie attended the United Nations 19th Conference of the Parties as a student delegate and performed research in the areas of biostatistics, environmental biology, and aqueous geochemistry. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an BA in Environmental Earth Science.
Matthew Fowle (MPA ’17) is passionate about antipoverty, international development and environmental policy. In addition to his experiences with OneAmerica and the League of Women Voters of Washington, he served with Warrington Borough Council as Assistant Policy Officer and as Green Chester Project Manager for the University of Chester’s Sustainability Unit. Matthew earned a BA in Politics with Law from the University of Chester and an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on the evaluation of schooling conditional cash transfer programs in developing countries.
Melissa Greenaway’s (MPA ‘17) research interests include policy and data analysis, economic development, and metropolitan and urban policy. Before attending the Evans School she was the Central Oregon Workforce Analyst for the Employment Department’s Research Division, where she analyzed and presented economic data to community stakeholders in three counties. Melissa has previously worked for the Government Accountability Office, USA Swimming, and the Seattle Department of Transportation, and graduated from Linfield College with a BA in Economics and Political Science.
Caitlin O’Brien-Carelli (MPA/MPH '17) is a concurrent degree student in the Department of Global Health. After graduating from Reed College in 2007, Caitlin served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan and was most recently employed as a Community Health Advocate at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the largest AIDS-service organization in New York City. Her research interests include the implementation of HIV-treatment programs in low-resource settings and the intersection between socio-economic determinants, poverty reduction, and global health.
Jack Knauer (MPA ’18) comes to the Evans School after serving with AmeriCorps and working on public health iniatives in Philadelphia. He most recently worked to increase Pennsylvanians’ access to chronic disease education and prevention services. His research and academic interests include public-private partnerships, social impact bonds, and health care development. He received his BA from Pomona College with a double major in Politics and Anthropology.
Kirby Callaway’s (MPA ’18) academic interests are in environmental policy and international development. Prior to attending the Evans School, Kirby completed a two-year Fellowship with the Meridian Institute where she supported national and international mediation efforts on a variety of public policy issues ranging from tropical deforestation to climate-smart agriculture. Additionally, she served in AmeriCorps for two years where she facilitated low-income weatherization projects in Colorado and oversaw watershed pollution mitigation efforts in North Carolina. Kirby earned her BA in Environmental Policy Studies from Salem College.
Karen Chen (MPA '17) is interested in public policy analysis and evaluation, environmental policy, and environmental health. In summer 2016, Karen was an Environmental Health Intern at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working to estimate costs of environmental health consequences. Previously, she worked for the Evans School as a career fair coordinator for the Career Development team. Before coming to the Evans School, Karen served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at a nonprofit aiming to increase social service through the arts. Karen graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012, with a BA in Integrative Biology and a Music Minor.
Daniel Lunchick-Seymour (MPA ’18) is fascinated by all facets of international migration, including causes of migration, refugee rights, immigration law and policy, and integration strategies implemented by countries of refuge. While at the Evans School he plans to focus on Policy Analysis, Evaluation, and International Development. He previously worked at Stanford University and spent a year teaching English in France to students from North African and Middle Eastern immigrant communities. He received a BA in Political Science and French Studies from the University of Portland.
Trygve Madsen (MPA ’17) is interested in water and its equitable and efficient usage in the context of population growth, agricultural demand, and climate change. Academically, he enjoys both data and policy analysis. Prior to coming to the Evans School, Trygve worked in a variety of roles for non-profits in Bhutan, Costa Rica, and Vietnam. He holds a BA in Spanish from Whitman College.
David Coomes (MPA ‘18) is a recent graduate of the UW where he earned degrees in Biology and Anthropology. His academic and professional interests include international development, health, and environmental management. Before joining the Evans School he was involved in a research project that explored the resettlement process for Somali refugees living in Ethiopia. Prior to that David worked for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Vedavati Patwardhan’s (PhD ’21) research interests are in international development and policy analysis, especially in the fields of agriculture, water and sanitation, and women’s health. Prior to attending the Evans School, Vedavati worked at academic publishing house Springer Nature (Crest Premedia) in India where she worked as a Project Manager and Team Leader for research publications across disciplines. Vedavati holds an MA in Global and International Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a BA in Economics from the University of Pune, India. See Veda's PhD profile page here.
Ryan Scott's (PhD '16) research interests include environmental policy, with a focus on the management of emerging technology risks. Broadly speaking, he is interested in how knowledge is transferred into
Max McDonald (MPA ‘18) received Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Washington in Business Administration (Finance & Business Economics) and Mathematics, with a minor in Spanish. Before college he was a finance and sales manager for a local auto group. At Evans, he is studying Public Finance & Budgeting and International Development with intentions to pursue doctoral studies in development economics. His research interests are in economic development in vulnerable communities, the government’s role in youth development, and in the Central American immigration crisis. Outside of school, Max is a dedicated husband and father of three children. He is also an avid college boxing fan, mentor to at-risk youth, and an aspiring chef.
Andrew Orlebeke (MPA ’17) is focused on international development, metropolitan and urban policy, and policy analysis. Prior to attending the Evans School, he lived in Washington, D.C. and worked as a Staff Assistant for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Andrew has also worked for the University of Washington’s Office of Planning and Budgeting and the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County. He graduated with a BA in Spanish from Calvin College.
Allison Kelly is a PhD candidate in the Evans School Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management program. Broadly, her research interests focus on integrated conservation and development programs, which seek to achieve the dual goals of natural resource and ecosystem conservation and improved human well-being. Allison is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Panama ‘09-‘11; Mexico ‘15-‘16), where she worked in community environmental conservation and in environmental management planning respectively. She earned a Bachelor of Science with high honors in Conservation and Resource Studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 2006 and a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Evans School in 2014. See Allison's PhD profile page here.