Caroline Riegel is the Research Analyst for PPC. She is primarily responsible for conducting high-quality, research-based analysis pertaining to the public policy goals of the organization.
Caroline joined the PPC team in May 2021 after working as a Research Assistant for three years at Penn State University. At Penn State, she focused on research relating to racial and gender inequalities, workplace discrimination, and differences in international health care systems. She also spent two summers studying abroad researching the education system in Germany and social deviance in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
During the summer of 2020, Caroline worked for the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In this role, she conducted research on the longitudinal effect of redlining on present day real-estate prices and neighborhood racial composition, analyzed survey data collected about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local businesses, and gathered field research on current infrastructure conditions in Reading, Pennsylvania as part of its revitalization initiative. She also collected data from the United States Census Bureau to complete a tri-annual needs assessment on the Head Start program.
Caroline earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology and a Master of Public Policy from Penn State University. She resides in Harrisburg with her puppy Winston.