Olivia is passionate about evidence-based policy. She is an economist at the Small Business Administration (SBA) in the Office of Program Performance, Analysis, and Evaluation. In her spare time, she works on public policy research and her dissertation for her PhD in economics. Olivia received her MA in May 2020 and advanced to candidacy in summer 2022.
In her role at SBA, Olivia conducts regulatory economic analysis, supports the evaluation of their programs, and helps leverage data and evidence as a strategic asset to drive decisions.
For her PhD, Olivia is specializing in urban economics and economic sociology at George Mason University. She is currently studying the persistent effects of historical sundown policies on contemporary economic growth and other outcomes. By taking this historical look, she believes we can better understand how our past as a society shapes our future, with the ultimate goal of not repeating it.