Jessie Halpern-Finnerty has worked as a researcher for the UC Berkeley Labor Center since 2010. For several years she contributed to the work of the Donald Vial Center, conducting research and policy analysis on job quality, job access and training in California's clean energy economy. During this time she wrote public comments for state agencies and contributed to major reports, including co-authoring the 2014 Workforce Issues and Energy Efficiency Programs: A Plan for California's Utilities. She also brought together a coalition of environmental, labor, and social justice organizations to coordinate strategy for advocacy on state energy and jobs policy. Recently, Jessie has been working with Dr. Annette Bernhardt on an investigation of the role of domestic outsourcing on economic restructuring and rising inequality in the U.S. Jessie received her master's in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2009, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at UC Davis, where she studies labor markets and inequality in regional economies.