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Sarah Ficenec, Ph.D.

Senior Research and Policy Analyst
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Sarah is responsible for conducting a wide range of analyses, such as demographic, economic and fiscal trend reports; benchmarking and best practice studies; and surveys and feasibility studies.

Sarah received her Ph.D. in public policy and administration from George Washington University, where she concentrated in urban and social policy and specialized in regional economic development.  Her doctoral dissertation was entitled Economic Development Policy Making in Rust Belt Regions: Using Social Network Analysis to Study Cooperation and Collaboration. Her bachelor’s degree in economics and history was obtained at Creighton University and master’s degree in public policy at Johns Hopkins University. 

Prior to joining CERC, Sarah served as a budget management analyst for the City of Baltimore and a research assistant at George Washington University. She also served as associate director for policy and communications at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha national honor society for public affairs and administration, vice president of membership and marketing for the Hartford Association of Business and Economics, and a graduate of Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest program.


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