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Director and Staff

Executive Director

Sarah Swanbeck is a public policy analyst with expertise in California state and local governance and budget issues. She previously worked in Legislative Affairs for California Common Cause, a nonprofit that advocates for more open, honest, and accountable government. While at Common Cause, she successfully advocated for important changes to the state's campaign finance laws as well as the first ever substantive reform to California's century-old initiative process.

Outside the realm of California politics, Sarah has spent years working as a policy analyst on both state and local issues. As an analyst for the Controller in San Francisco, she worked with a range of city departments to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their services. She also previously worked for the Public Policy Institute of California and the the California Public Utilities Commission on state energy and water policy. She holds an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Seva Rodnyansky joined the Goldman School of Public Policy as a Postdoctoral Scholar in July 2018. He received his PhD in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy and a B.A. in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Economics, and Urban Studies from Northwestern University in 2009. His current research focuses on gleaning insights into planning and policy issues by studying where and how often households move, especially pertaining to housing, real estate, transportation, and civic participation. Seva's other research spans the domains of housing, transportation, and demography. Specific areas of focus include small and medium multi-family housing; travel behavior, emissions, and transit-oriented development; and LIHTC affordable housing. Seva has co-authored numerous research reports and his work has appeared in Cityscape and is forthcoming in Transportation Research Record. Prior to his graduate studies, Seva was a strategy and management consultant at Booz & Company (now PWC Strategy&), advising clients in the transportation, industrial, automotive, aerospace and defense industries, on a range on business strategy topics. 

Research Analyst

James Hawkins is a 2018 Master of Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy. James' academic interests include national and state level policies aimed at achieving shared economic prosperity. Prior to enrolling in the Goldman School, James spent four years working on water policy issues in California for the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit Heal the Ocean. In that capacity, he advocated for implementing recycled water projects in the Santa Barbara region as a method to increase local water supply reliability, in addition to publishing a white paper — “Potable Reuse: A New Water Resource for California” — on a novel and advanced form of water recycling. He received his B.A. in political science and environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Research Analyst

Lauren Linde is currently a dual degree MPH/MCP student at the Berkeley School of Public Health and in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the College of Environmental Design, focusing on epidemiology and environmental planning and healthy cities. Her research interests include the epidemiology of infectious diseases in urban environments and the healthcare effects of equitable, affordable housing. Prior to beginning graduate work at Berkeley, Lauren worked in tuberculosis prevention and control and in immunizations at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Los Angeles County, CA and the State of Colorado, respectively. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Carleton College. 




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