Diana Gehlhaus

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Adjunct Policy Researcher
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Education

Ph.D in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in applied economics, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in mathematics and economics, Bucknell University

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Overview

Diana Gehlhaus (Carew) is an adjunct policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on the intersection of tech and talent, including domestic talent pipelines in AI and other emerging technologies; workforce development and education policy; youth career and educational decision making; trends in employer hiring, recruiting, and retention; military and federal civilian talent management; and technology and telecommunications policy.

Prior to joining RAND, she was an economist and director of the Young American Prosperity Project at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. She worked on issues related to innovation and growth in the U.S., including technology policy, regulatory reform, infrastructure, and private investment. She also led the institute’s work on the economic obstacles affecting young Americans, such as youth employment, student debt, and higher education reform.

Gehlhaus also previously worked for the Export-Import Bank, developing a methodology to quantify the number of jobs supported by its financing, and for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where she was a contributing author of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. She earned her Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Commentary

  • The grill is nearly empty at dinner hour at Ben's Chili Bowl during the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2020, photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    A Path to Recovery from COVID-19 for Small Businesses

    The COVID-19 pandemic has hammered small businesses around the United States. We spoke with 21 small business owners to learn more about the challenges they are facing and how they might best be helped.

    Jun 25, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • A young woman looks nervous in a job interview

    Bridging the Growing College Divide Among Young Americans

    Over the last decade, more Americans age 25 to 34 earned four-year college and graduate degrees, but the number of those without college degrees also increased. New ways of communicating educational options and outcomes to young people are needed.

    Apr 13, 2018 The Hill

  • Female IT professional checking on network servers using a laptop

    To Increase Diversity in Tech, We Need to Rethink What 'Tech' Is

    Rethinking what defines today's tech jobs, along with greater investment in public-private partnerships, could go a long way toward bridging the diversity gap.

    Nov 17, 2016 The Hill

  • Young people waiting for a job interview

    Young Workers Without College Degrees Face Uncomfortable Truths

    Young Americans without a college education suffer from high unemployment, low earnings, and delayed adulthood with a limited ability to buy a home. To help them, policymakers need to remind themselves that workforce training and labor policy must focus on the technology-driven jobs of tomorrow.

    Jun 23, 2016 The Hill

  • Jar with "college" label and money

    Reframing the 'Free College' Debate

    Framing the future of college as a debate about whether it should be free is a lost opportunity to discuss what's really wrong with higher education in America—and a missed chance to help young Americans regain lost competitiveness in the workforce.

    Apr 14, 2016 The Hill

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