Melissa Felician is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of the West Indies, and certificates for graduate-level training in statistics and quantitative data analysis from the University of Michigan. Before coming to PRGS, she worked as a development economist for a Caribbean consulting firm, where she designed and conducted research on a range of social policy issues, including poverty reduction, climate change, education, disaster risk reduction, and social security reform. Her experience spans several English-speaking Caribbean countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Over the last seven years she has authored and contributed to more than a dozen published documents for clients within the United Nations (UN) System, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Department for International Development (DfID) in the UK.