Directors

  • Scientific Director
    J-PAL North America
    Ford Professor of Economics
    MIT
    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    Amy Finkelstein is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also the co-Director of the Public Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where she is a Research Associate.

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  • Scientific Director
    J-PAL North America
    Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics
    Harvard University
    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    Lawrence F. Katz is the Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on issues in labor economics and the economics of social problems.

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  • Deputy Director
    J-PAL North America
    M.P.P., University of California, Berkeley

    Mary Ann Bates is Deputy Director of J-PAL North America. She worked closely with Amy Finkelstein and Lawrence Katz on the launch of the newest regional office of J-PAL, which promotes the creation and use of rigorous evidence from randomized evaluations in North America.

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Policy Group

  • Senior Policy Manager (D.C.-based)
    J-PAL North America
    M.A., Columbia University

    Kelly Bidwell is a Senior Policy Manager for J-PAL North America, based in Washington, D.C., where she is supporting the efforts of federal agencies in conducting randomized evaluations and incorporating rigorous evidence into public policies.

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  • Policy Associate
    J-PAL North America
    M.P.P., Georgetown

    Ben Struhl joined J-PAL in 2013 to conduct policy analysis in J-PAL’s North America office. As a member of the North America policy team, Ben works with policymakers at the federal, state, and local level, as well as non-profits and foundations, to promote the use of randomized evaluations in social policy.

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  • Policy Analyst
    J-PAL North America
    B.A., Harvard University

    Geeti Mehra is a Policy Analyst at J-PAL North America. Geeti works with federal, state, and local policymakers, non-profits, foundations, and social entrepreneurs to share evidence and promote the use of randomized evaluations to test innovative social policies.

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Finance and Administration Group

  • Executive Assistant/Grants Administrator
    J-PAL North America
    B.A., Boston College

    Kelly Damm joined J-PAL in 2013 to provide executive assistance to the North America regional office and to manage its grants administration processes. Kelly brings over five years of experience supporting the Global Operations Department of Accion, a non-profit microfinance organization.

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