Lisa Berdie is a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her research converges at the intersection between communities and youth. In particular she is interested in how education policy and practice, community formation and demography, labor markets, and housing interact and, ultimately, impact youth.
Prior to joining RAND, she worked as vice president of policy and research at A+ Colorado, a research and advocacy organization, where she studied the impact of K-12 education policies including school accountability, school finance, teacher compensation, and unified public school enrollment. In that role she was appointed to Colorado’s Technical Advisory Panel to review methods and make recommendations about the state school accountability system. Other research she has conducted includes how the recent recession influenced high school students’ decisionmaking about their postsecondary options; and how large organizations create collaborative workplace cultures. She holds a B.A. in development studies from Brown University.