Who we are
Robin Phinney, President of Rise Research, leads our research and evaluation projects. Robin spent nearly two decades in universities, researching and writing on urban poverty, social policy, and political advocacy. When she realized that her favorite part of her job was working with community partners, she decided to focus fulltime on partnering with public, private, and nonprofit actors on research and evaluation projects.
Robin is a political scientist and policy scholar by training, with expertise in social policy, the policy process, and political advocacy. She is the author of numerous articles and policy reports that examine the economic and political challenges facing low-income families, as well as a book entitled Strange Bedfellows: Interest Group Coalitions, Diverse Resources, and Influence in American Social Policy (Cambridge University Press), which investigates collaborative lobbying and influence on behalf of low-income populations.
She brings to her work substantive expertise and methodological rigor, a commitment to working in partnership with clients, and a belief in the importance of authentic engagement with community. When not designing evaluations, analyzing interview data, or crunching numbers, she can be found cooking, camping, and corralling her two young sons.