Andrea Whitsett is Director at Morrison Institute for Public Policy, an applied research institute at Arizona State University. During her tenure, Whitsett has guided the publication of numerous policy briefs as well as the Arizona Directions statewide report card. She leads the Institute’s signature State of Our State Conference and helped launch the pilot Arizona Citizens’ Initiative Review. Whitsett frequently presents key research findings to business executives, nonprofit leaders, and academics and has been interviewed by Horizon, KJZZ, Univision, Phoenix Business Journal, and Arizona Week.
In addition to her direct research and project management responsibilities, Whitsett is a member of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s DATOS Research Committee and she recently co-edited two background reports for Arizona Town Hall. Whitsett formerly served as board secretary for Florence Crittenton and continues to support human services and educational opportunities in the community.
Whitsett holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University where she was awarded an Amy Rossborough Fellowship through the Yale Women’s Center. Whitsett graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies and has taught as a faculty associate in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development.