Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Institute Pleased to Announce Staffing Changes

by Andrew Bradley

The Indiana Institute for Working Families (Institute) is pleased to announce the hire of Erin Macey, PhD as a full-time Policy Analyst, as well as an updated title for Jessica Fraser as Director of the Institute.

Policy Analyst Erin Macey
Erin Macey joins the Institute full-time as Policy Analyst after serving as Legislative Assistant during the recent session of the Indiana General Assembly. Erin’s portfolio with the Institute will encompass issues of job quality, including paid family leave, sick leave, and early childcare, as well as financial assets and opportunities for working families. Before coming to the Institute, Erin witnessed disparities in access to educational opportunity firsthand as a middle school teacher. Motivated to effect policy change, she returned to graduate school and earned a PhD in education policy from Indiana University-Bloomington. While pursuing her degree, Erin conducted policy analysis for the state, completed program evaluations for a local school district and other local organizations, and supported the provision of technical assistance throughout the Midwest. In her most recent role as a technical assistance coordinator at the Great Lakes Equity Center, Erin developed publications and provided direct, context-driven technical assistance to school districts struggling to provide equal opportunity on the basis of race, gender, and national origin. Prior to her doctorate, Erin earned a B.A. from Williams College in English and Psychology. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband Jeff and their four children. Follow Erin at @Erin_INWorkFams on Twitter and email her at emacey[at]

Jessica Fraser has been given the updated title of Director of the Indiana Institute for Working Families, to better reflect her leadership of the Institute since 2012. Jessica has been with the Institute since 2008 and was promoted to Program Manager in 2012. In addition to overseeing the Institute’s research and policy work, Jessica serves as co-chair of the Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition and sits on the National Skills Coalition’s National Advisory Panel on Postsecondary Education, receiving NSC’s national Skills Champion award in 2015. She also sits on the Indiana Career Council’s Implementation Taskforce, and was nominated to a two-year term on the State Workforce Innovation Council by Governor Mike Pence through 2017. Before joining the Institute, she was a researcher for the Service Employees International Union, Local 3. Jessica earned her B.A. in Political Science from St. Mary’s College, and her M.A. in Political Science from Ball State University. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband Michael and their two children. Follow Jessica at @JessicaDFraser on Twitter and email her at jfraser[at]

Please help us welcome Erin to her new role and congratulate Jessica on her updated title!


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