MEET CAITLIN JOHNSON (MPA '11)
I truly believe in the mission of Policy Matters Ohio. I know that good policies passed during the New Deal helped lift my family out of poverty. I also know that many of these policies excluded and often oppressed people of color. I hope the work that I do helps Ohio and the country become a more just and equitable place.
- M.P.A. Cleveland State University
- M.S. Journalism, Columbia University
- B.A. English and Government, Cornell University
Position Title: Director of Communications
Place of Employment: Policy Matters Ohio
Job Duties: Policy Matters Ohio is a progressive research institute that mostly focuses on state policy. We believe a strong public sector is vital for vibrant and thriving communities and ensuring good quality of life for all Ohioans. A lot of my work is communicating the right message to the right audience. How do we frame the research our analysts do to get the state to implement the policies we want? I make sure our work gets out to the traditional media, and I also do a lot on social media to reach other audiences. Day to day, I do a lot of editing and posting on the web as well.
A few years ago, I volunteered at Towards Employment, a great organization I learned about while studying labor economics at Levin. I am also active in the alcoholism and addiction recovery community and do some service work in that capacity. I was a volunteer SAT tutor while living in New York City.
I worked at WCPN and helped produce "The Sound of Ideas." We routinely booked Levin faculty as guests on the show. I became very interested in public policy. I decided I wanted a more active role in shaping policies I believe in rather than reporting on them.