Melody Harvey is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Prior to attending PRGS, she worked as a research assistant at Flintridge Center, where her tasks varied from data entry and analysis for youth program evaluations to drafting policy recommendations for preventing employment discrimination against applicants with criminal records. She also worked at Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge and Services where she formulated and conducted their first neighborhood fresh produce distribution assessment. As a part of her undergraduate senior thesis, Harvey worked as a survey researcher looking into the feasibility of a proposed asset-development program for low-income renters in Portland, Oregon, given certain housing and socio-economic characteristics. She holds an M.P.P. in public policy from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in economics from Reed College.