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Erin Harper


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Erin excels at separating signal from noise, taking big, messy data sets and distilling them down to something meaningful and (hopefully) surprising. For her, the surprises are the best part, because the most valuable research is when you discover something unexpected. Leveraging the skills she gained through earning her MPA at University of Washington, where she focused on public policy and program evaluation, Erin hopes her work will inform policy decisions that enable long-term solutions and not just mitigate short-term impacts.


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  • What are the ideas that drive you?

    Equity. I am always thinking about the impacts of policies—energy and otherwise—on disadvantaged communities. I want to answer questions for the communities that are at the center of the research I do.

  • How do you spend your time when you're not working?

    I do boring but restorative things: cooking and baking, biking, reading, trivia, and playing the only card games that matter: cribbage, euchre, bridge.

  • What is your favorite spot in the world?

    My mom’s garden. I spent a lot of my childhood there. We grew all the food that you can grow in Wisconsin in that garden. I have great memories of helping my mom out and learning about composting and regeneration.