Callie Freitag

Ph.D. Student
Callie Freitag is a mixed-methods policy researcher whose work focuses on aging, low-income families, and the U.S. social safety net. Her most recent published report (co-authored with an interdisciplinary team of UW researchers) examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on senior services organizations in Washington state and the populations they serve. Currently, she is a Predoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Jennie Romich (School of Social Work) on a project using linked administrative data to assess the impacts of Seattle's minimum wage ordinance on safety net use.

In her own work, Callie takes a life course approach to answer the questions: (1) What does poverty in later life look like?, (2) Why does poverty in later life persist despite programs like Social Security and Medicare?, and (3) What does/can public policy do to prevent and ameliorate poverty in later life?

Callie began the Ph.D. program at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2018 and is a trainee with the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. Prior to the program, Callie spent three years as policy analyst in Sacramento, California, most recently for the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA). At CWDA, Callie led the advocacy efforts to establish Home Safe, a grant program to prevent homelessness among older adults who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Prior to her advocacy role, she worked at the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office in California and in the budget office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

M.A. Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 2015
B.S. Mathematics, The George Washington University, 2012
Social Policy
Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
Poverty and Inequality
Aging and the Life Course
Mixed-Methods Policy Analysis

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