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CLOSUP National Advisory Board

Timothy Bartik

Timothy Bartik is a Senior Economist at the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He is responsible for developing and conducting research on state and local economic development and local labor markets. His current research focuses on alternative policies for increasing labor demand for the urban poor. Dr. Bartik received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982 and was Assistant Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University prior to joining the Institute in 1989.


Denise DiPasquale

Denise DiPasquale is president and founder of City Research, a research firm focused on urban economics and policy issues. DiPasquale was on the faculty at the University of Chicago from 1995 through 1998. From 1988 to 1995, DiPasquale served on the faculties of the Department of Economics and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to Harvard, she served on the faculty at Carnegie-Mellon and MIT. She also spent two years working in the Office of Strategic Planning at Fannie Mae. She received her B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and her Ph.D. from MIT. DiPasquale's research focuses on various aspects of urban economics. Recent research projects include an examination of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program funded by the National Community Development Initiative. In addition, DiPasquale is investigating household investments in neighborhood quality by income, race, and family type. She is also working on the role of homeownership in encouraging households to invest in their local communities. DiPasquale is examining the housing and location choices of low- and moderate-income households in the City of Philadelphia.

Carolyn Heinrich

Carolyn Heinrich is professor and Regina Loughlin Scholar at the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the associate director of research and training at the Institute for Research on Poverty. Her research focuses on social welfare policy, public management, and econometric methods for social-program evaluation. She is working with the state of Wisconsin on a child-support demonstration program, with federal and state governments on performance management system design, and with the governments of Brazil, Honduras and South Africa on their social and human capital development programs. Other ongoing projects involve the study of labor market intermediaries and labor market outcomes for low-skilled and disadvantaged workers, the effectiveness of supplemental education services for students in under-performing schools, policy factors that support effective provision of substance abuse treatment services, and the use and impacts of social investment funds in developing countries. Prior to her appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, Professor Heinrich was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and held an academic research appointment at the University of Chicago. She received her doctorate in public policy studies from the University of Chicago.

Jens Ludwig

Jens Ludwig is Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and co-director of the NBER's working group on the Economics of Crime. He conducts empirical research in law and economics and social policy, with a focus on urban poverty, education, crime, and housing. He is the co-author with Duke University professor Philip J. Cook of the book Gun Violence: The Real Costs (2000, Oxford University Press), and co-editor with Cook of Evaluating Gun Policy (2003, Brookings Institution Press). Prior to coming to the University of Chicago he was Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Criminology, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. In 2006 he received the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's David N. Kershaw Prize for distinguished contributions to public policy by the age of 40.

Craig Ruff

Craig Ruff is a senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ruff spent eleven years in Michigan's executive office, first as special assistant for human services to Gov. William G. Milliken and then as chief of staff to Lt. Gov. James H. Brickley. He developed legislation, coordinated interdepartmental policies, reviewed agency budgets, and worked closely with numerous professional associations and interest groups. Mr. Ruff is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. As the first holder of the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2001 to 2003, he taught a weekly seminar on American government and led two public policy forums annually. He received the highest recognition-for distinguished service-from the University of Michigan Alumni Association in 2001. Mr. Ruff attended the University of Michigan, earning a BA in political science and a master's degree in public policy studies.

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