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Robin Marsh, Senior Researcher 

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Robin Marsh joined ISSI in July 2014 as a Senior Researcher. She is a socio-economist with over 25 years of experience in international agriculture and rural development.  Marsh received her PhD from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University.  She subsequently worked for the World Vegetable Center on socio-economic and nutritional benefits of home/community gardening, and for the Food and Agriculture Organization on local institution strengthening for food security and sustainable rural livelihoods.  Marsh joined UC Berkeley in 2000 as Academic Coordinator of the Center for Sustainable Resource Development and Co-Director of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (2000-2013).  She has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources since 2003, teaching in the field of Population, Environment & Development, and is Affiliate Faculty with The Blum Center for Developing Economies. Robin Marsh is a founding leader of the The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at UC Berkeley, a major partnership to provide high-achieving, economically disadvantaged youth from sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity for quality university education and leadership development.  Since 2013, Marsh is lead researcher on the multi-university study, "Career and Life Trajectories of African Alumni of International Universities".  The collaborative study will produce findings relevant for current MCF Scholars and for enhanced understanding of the diverse outcomes and impacts of an international education.  Marsh is currently the Academic Partner with the Global Fund for Women's Initiative: Rural Women Striding Forward, working with the sub-Saharan African team to develop robust research tools and disseminate findings to policy-makers.  She is also a fellow with the non-profit organization EcoAgriculture Partners, and associated global initiative, Landscapes for People, Food and Nature. Read her blog here.


Laura McCreery, Oral History Project Director
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Laura McCreery serves as Oral History Project Director at ISSI. McCreery's oral history of the retired chief justice of California, the Honorable Ronald M. George, was published in 2013 by Berkeley Public Policy Press as Chief: The Quest for Justice in California, which was awarded the 2013 California Book Award by the Commonwealth Club. In addition to interviewing retired justices for the California Supreme Court Oral History Project, she has interviewed Governor Gray Davis (an ongoing project not yet available for public use) and directed a study of elected board members and other leaders of the East Bay Regional Park District, a two-county "special district" of California government. She is author of a history of that agency, Living Landscape (Wilderness Press, 2010, with a foreword by Congressman George Miller).  McCreery's oral history articles have appeared in such journals as California Legal History, Oregon Historical Quarterly, and California Historian, and she has consulted widely for such clients as the Berkeley Historical Society, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Contra Costa County Historical Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Novato History Museum, Reed College, and the Society of California Archivists.



Frank Neuhauser, Senior Researcher

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Frank Neuhauser's expertise is in social insurance programs, disability, health care, Social Security, Medicare, workers' compensation and their related public and private insurance programs.  One branch of his research has used large administrative data sets to help design statutory and regulatory changes at the federal and state level that improve the efficiency of social insurance programs.  Another focus has been on improving the outcomes, both economic and health, of beneficiaries of these programs. Mr. Neuhauser has written extensively and testified frequently on areas as diverse as the pricing of medical services, medical treatment incentives, improving administrative law processes, including alternate dispute resolution systems, insurance ratemaking and pricing and the opportunity for significant savings if diverse programs are better integrated.  Current research projects include developing a pilot for the State of California integrating occupational and non-occupational medical treatment under standard health insurance coverage, testing for the Social Security Administration whether early intervention with workers at the onset of disability could cost-effectively reduce transitions to Social Security Disability Insurance, and modeling alternative designs for long-term care insurance that the broad public wants to purchase and insurers want to sell.


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