Melissa believes that policy decisions should be based on strong, defensible, and objective evidence, but that’s not always easy. In our data-driven world, it requires gathering the most reliable information, looking at it with the right lens, and interpreting it in the right way (see: objectively). Recognizing that not all people are comfortable working with figures, Melissa also loves helping clients visualize their data so they can make good decisions, using a rigorous methodological approach.
At PSC, Melissa specializes in research and analysis in numerous content areas. She has a particularly strong background in statistical and economic impact analysis, survey and research design, and program evaluation. Melissa uses her quantitative and analytic skills to bring a new perspective to clients, helping them tell their story in new and engaging ways. She also ensures the firm’s strict adherence to state and federal regulations regarding the study of human subjects and protecting confidential information.
Before coming to PSC, Melissa was the research manager for the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University, focusing on topics such as green infrastructure, placemaking, regional agricultural viability, intergovernmental cooperation, and population dynamics.
A Little More…
Education: BS in Economics and an MS in Agricultural Economics, both from Michigan State University
With PSC since: September 2011
PSC superpower: Using applied economics to guide policy
Favorite part of working at PSC: Working on a wide range of topics and issues relevant to today that affect tomorrow
Why Michigan? Why not? It’s a beautiful state with wonderful people