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Kassandra Martinchek

Kassandra Martinchek

Research Associate

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 is a research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. Before joining Urban, Martinchek worked in the nonprofit sector implementing and assessing child nutrition programs and in evidence-based state policy research. Her research interests include intergenerational poverty and spatial inequity, wealth and assets, and safety net programs.

Martinchek holds a BA in international studies and Spanish from Allegheny College and a MPA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.