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Evan Trowbridge

2nd-Year MPP

Evan Trowbridge comes to The Pearson Institute following four years in Central America focused on the prevention of crime, violence, and corruption.

Trowbridge studied journalism, international studies, and Spanish at the Pennsylvania State University.  A semester in Venezuela stirred an interest in international policy challenges.

Upon graduation, Trowbridge worked as a communications associate at Sojourners, a publication covering global injustices.  He also worked at the nonprofit Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, where he compiled communications metrics to assess program effectiveness.

Moving to Honduras in 2014, Trowbridge joined the nonprofit Association for a More Just Society. As director of communications, he drafted policy documents for US policymakers and observers reflecting the positions of the organization’s Honduran leaders. In 2016, he joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a development outreach and communications specialist.

Policy issues became particularly personal to Trowbridge through relationships with individuals who bore the wounds of a broken justice system and rampant corruption. While in Honduras, he lived in gang-controlled territory for two years to try to understand up close the nuances of Central American gang violence, illicit markets, and ineffective law enforcement. Through a local church, he helped organize programs for local youth and families to seek peace in the community.

Trowbridge entered The Pearson Institute seeking a new, data-driven toolkit to understand and help change the conditions in which violent organized crime thrives. He hopes to develop a stronger quantitative lens to continue his work at the intersection of urban poverty, crime, and international development. Following his first year of studies at Harris Public Policy, Trowbridge became an Applied Data Fellow with the International Innovation Corps (IIC). He is carrying out his 12-month fellowship with the Research Team at the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.