ALBANY — The Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public-policy research arm of SUNY, announced it has appointed Laura Schultz as its new executive director of research.
She previously served as director of fiscal analysis and senior economist at the Rockefeller Institute.
In her new position, Schultz evaluates the fiscal and economic impacts of federal, state, and local policies and emerging economic trends. She is working to develop new channels to communicate her team’s research findings to a broader audience through blog posts, interactive data-visualization tools, and podcasts, the Rockefeller Institute said.
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Institute in 2018, Schultz worked as associate professor at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where she taught courses in economics and served as commercialization adviser to collegiate entrepreneurs, per a news release. She guided them through the early stages of validation and venture formation.
Schultz has authored more than 20 reports in the fields of fiscal analysis and economics and has served as principal investigator on more than a dozen projects with funds totaling more $2 million. Schultz received her Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University in 2007.
Patricia Strach has been serving as interim executive director of research at the Rockefeller Institute. She will continue her work at the Institute as a fellow, performing research in the field of public health, the release stated. Heather Trela will continue to serve the Rockefeller Institute as chief operating officer and fellow, overseeing its essential functions and publications.