During her year as research affiliate, Carrie Cihak will continue to co-lead CASBS’s Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab (CISIL) with research affiliate Jake Bowers, thereby advancing evidence-informed policymaking practices that support sustained and meaningful collaboration between academic researchers and policymakers, including between Stanford University and King County.
Cihak currently leads evidence-informed practice and partnerships for King County Metro, one of the largest transit agencies in the United States, guiding a focus on mobility outcomes and impact, particularly for low-income populations. This past year, she was also detailed to support the county’s COVID-19 response. Cihak served for eight years as Chief of Policy for the King County Executive, responsible for identifying the highest priority policy areas and community outcomes for leadership focus and for developing and launching innovative solutions to issues that are complex, controversial and cross-sectoral. Cihak is architect of some of the administration’s key initiatives such as Best Starts for Kids and served as sponsor for the county’s nationally-recognized work on equity and social justice. Prior to her work in Executive Constantine’s administration, Cihak served for eight years as a senior-level analyst for the King County Council and as lead staff for the King County Board of Health. Cihak is trained as a PhD-level (ABD—University of Michigan) economist specializing in Japan, and served as staff economist on international trade and finance for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. Cihak serves as a Local Government Fellow with Results for America, was a policy fellow at CASBS in 2017-18, and a research affiliate since 2018-19.