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Lauren Lochocki

MPP '19

Lauren Lochocki earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with minors in history and philosophy. There, she worked as a research assistant to understand implicit racial bias and differing attitudes toward voting reform policies. Later, she worked at a research and evaluation firm, managing a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Malawi that evaluated the effects of farmers’ participation in village savings and loans associations and their potential to eliminate child labor in the tobacco supply chain. Additionally, she managed and led the qualitative studies for three other child labor elimination projects. She also supported the data analysis for the impact evaluations by designing surveys, cleaning and analyzing large datasets, and creating visually compelling reports. In addition to Malawi, she completed field work in Mozambique and Kyrgyzstan.

At The Pearson Institute, Lochocki was particularly focused on the intersection of public policy, business, and technology, in addition to poverty alleviation and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent conflict and promote peace in the region. In summer 2018, she interned at an agriculture-technology (agtech) company in Nairobi, Kenya, where she conducted research on the impact of an SMS messaging system that sends agricultural advice to smallholder farmers. While studying at Harris Public Policy, she also completed a consulting engagement for a strategic plan to open a summer camp for refugees in Hyde Park. She is currently employed as an analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.  

Baidoa, Somalia

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