Christian Collins
Research Assistant, Urban Institute

Christian Collins is a researcher with a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, where he works primarily on workforce development policy. His research interests and expertise include workforce development, post-secondary education policy, and studying the impacts of policy decisions on lower-income and minority communities located in the Great Lakes region.

After witnessing how the 2008 recession economically-devastated Northeast Ohio, Christian realized the lack of voices from his own and similar communities demographic-wise that held meaningful roles in discussions focused on how to recover and look forward to the evolving economy. This realization led to him entering the public policy space to research and develop equitable solutions that would aid communities in economic recovery and bridge long-standing socio-economic gaps between different populations.

Before joining his current workplace, Christian worked as an intern with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he worked on issue advocacy campaigns and research for progressive fiscal policies at the state government level. Christian has also held internships with the Ohio Senate and Columbus City Council, aiding policymakers and their staffs in communication with their constituents and researching policy proposals.

Prior to working in politics and public policy, Christian graduated from The Ohio State University in 2018 with a BA in political science and public policy and also attended Kent State University. While an undergraduate, he was a member of multiple performing arts organizations that performed all across the country and abroad, and was also a member of The Ohio State University Rugby Club during his final semester.

Christian currently resides in Washington, DC, and can be seen at any sporting event in the area featuring a team from Cleveland or Columbus. He's still a Midwesterner at heart that will tell you every opportunity he gets that he was born and raised in Akron, Ohio.