Policy Research Specialist

Program Area

Future of Work & Workers

Area of Expertise

Public finance and fiscal policy
Economic and workforce development
Public sector work and workers
Urban planning

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About Sara

Sara Hinkley is a specialist in the Low-Wage Work program, where she focuses on technology and the public sector. She has an extensive research background in labor, workforce, and economic development policy in California and nationally. She has worked for the California Labor Federation, Justice for Janitors, and Good Jobs First developing policies to improve opportunities for low-income people. She was a postdoctoral scholar at the Labor Center and formerly served as associate director of the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Sara has provided research consultation for the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Center for Community Innovation, the County of Los Angeles, and Inclusive Economics.

Sara is also a lecturer in Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, where she teaches courses in economic analysis and community and economic development. She holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree in regional planning from UNC Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

Learn more about Sara on her personal website.