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 will also continue work to understand the science and evidence-base of belonging and develop strategies to enhance “civic muscle” in the Seattle region.
As Chief of Policy for the highest-ranking elected official of the 13th largest county in the United States, Cihak is 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. She is an architect of some of the administration’s key initiatives such as Best Starts for Kids and 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. She 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 was a policy fellow at CASBS in 2017-18 and a research affiliate last year.