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 the co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America, a research center at MIT designed to encourage and facilitate randomized evaluations of important domestic policy issues.

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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 Manager
    J-PAL North America
    M.P.P, Harvard Kennedy School; M.S.T, Pace University

    Julia Chabrier is a Policy Manager for J-PAL North America. Prior to joining J-PAL North America, Julia worked in the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where she managed the state's pay for success initiatives and a financing program for significant public infrastructure improvements and provided analysis related to long-term fiscal planning and related policy initiatives.

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

    Geeti Mehra is a Policy Associate 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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  • Policy Associate
    J-PAL North America
    B.A., Harvard University

    Graham Simpson joined J-PAL North America as a Policy Associate in June 2014. He works with policymakers, non-profits, and foundations to promote the use of randomized experiments in social policy and to encourage evidence-informed policy by sharing results from J-PAL evaluations.

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Finance and Administration Group

  • Senior Finance and Administration Associate
    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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  • Administrative Associate
    J-PAL North America
    B.A., Northeastern University

    Rose Harvey joined J-PAL in 2014 as an Administrative Associate for the North America regional office. She provides executive assistance to the Deputy Director, Mary Ann Bates, administrative support to the North America office, participates in the grants administration process, and coordinates events and meetings.

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