Hi, I'm Robin
I am the Founder and President of Rise Research. Before starting Rise, I spent nearly two decades in universities, researching and writing on poverty, social policy, and political advocacy. I loved that work, but deeply missed working with community partners. Two years ago, I decided to focus full-time on working with public, private, and nonprofit partners to answer the questions that matter to them.
I'm a political scientist and policy scholar by training, with expertise in social programs, research methods, and the policy process. I've written on cash assistance, housing, health, and political advocacy, and my articles have been published in leading journals of public policy, public health, social work, and American politics. I'm also the author of a book called Strange Bedfellows (Cambridge University Press), which explores collaborative lobbying and influence on behalf of low-income populations in American politics.
Through Rise works in many different program areas, I have specialized expertise in systems change, cash assistance and housing programs, juvenile justice, and data practices. I bring to my work methodological rigor, a commitment to working in partnership with clients, and a belief in the importance of authentic engagement with community.
When not working on Rise projects, I supervise Capstone projects at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, work as an Affiliated Researcher at the Future Services Institute, and am a Master Contractor for the State of Minnesota. I regularly partner with other researchers, policy experts, and facilitators across Minnesota.
Finally, I'm a California transplant and live in Minneapolis with my husband and two young sons. In my spare time, I can be found camping, writing, and supervising my kids' Zoom lessons.