As a practitioner-turned-analyst, I am passionate about contributing to work that explores the impact of policies on vulnerable populations and creates accessible and rigorous evidence that can be utilized to improve public-policy outcomes.
Kassandra Martinchek (she/they) is a research associate focusing on food insecurity, food access, and family financial well-being in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. For more than three years, she worked on evaluating, expanding, and implementing child nutrition programs in Pennsylvania and New York, including developing and implementing a mixed-methods community assessment using qualitative surveys, program and administration data, and spatial analysis. At Urban, she leverages qualitative data collection and analysis, econometrics, and big data to understand disparities among families’ and communities’ food access and financial health, as well as structural barriers and policies that can reduce these gaps. She was the co-principal investigator of the Arlington Food Security and Access Study, where she led a team of researchers in assessing the distribution of resources relative to community need using novel spatial analyses and community input. She holds an MPA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is pursuing her PhD in public policy and administration from the George Washington University.