Johanna LacoeResearch Director, Berkeley

areas of expertise
  • Criminal and juvenile justice
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Public policy analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Quantitative methods


  • PhD, Public Administration, New York University
  • MPA, Public Policy Analysis, New York University
  • AB, Political Science, Brown University

Johanna Lacoe is a policy scholar with expertise in criminal and juvenile justice, education, employment, and housing.
Dr. Lacoe designs and leads experimental and quasi-experimental research studies. Her work includes evaluations of policies and programs aimed to prevent neighborhood violence, improve school safety and discipline, and prepare individuals reentering society after incarceration for employment. Prior to joining the California Policy Lab, Dr. Lacoe was a Senior Researcher and Deputy Director of Justice Research and Analytics at Mathematica. She also worked at the USC Price School of Public Policy, the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, the Vera Institute of Justice, and Social Policy Research Associates. Her work has been published in the Journal of Urban Economics, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, among other outlets. Dr. Lacoe is committed to serving as a thought partner to decision makers, improving public policy through research, and promoting public wellbeing in California.

contact details

2521 Channing Way,
Berkeley, CA 94720

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