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 programs, 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.
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 as a Master Contractor for the State of Minnesota, and serve on the Board of the MN Evaluation Association and the Program Committee for the Twin Cities Research Group. 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 helping my kids manage the post-COVID transition.
What our partners are saying
The Institute for Urban & Regional Infrastructure Finance (IURIF) enlisted Robin as a subcontractor for this research project. She spearheaded the analysis and took the lead in writing the final report. We are so glad to have her as part of our IURIF research team!
Dr. Jerry Zhao, Gross Family Professor of public and nonprofit management at the UMN Humphrey School of Public Affairs.