1. What is your name?

Dr. Elan C. Hope

2. How long have you worked at Policy Research?

I joined Policy Research full time in June 2022.

3. What brought you to Policy Research?

I came to Policy Research from academia. Policy Research’s focus on behavioral health and transforming services and systems for individuals and communities was compelling. I wanted to be a part of that important work, using my skills and experience as a researcher and educator.

4. What is a social issue that is important to you and why?

I am very committed to racial equity and justice, especially for women of color and Black women specifically. I also care deeply about how we make decisions that impact children and families in education, healthcare, housing, and other community spaces.

5. What’s your favorite weekday lunch order? From where?

Lately, I have been excited about Panera Bread’s new chicken sandwich and mango lemonade. I also love a good sushi lunch during the week.

6. What three adjectives describe you best?

As a mom of three little ones: tired, tired and tired. That aside, I always strive to be caring, committed, and purposed.

7. What is something about your work at Policy Research that inspires you?

I am consistently in awe of the brilliance and compassion of the folks I work with at Policy Research. It is not always the case that you get to work with people who are both exceptionally smart AND committed to the well-being of others. It is a combination that is very inspiring.

8. What is one thing someone would not know by looking at you?

You may not know by looking, but I love to crochet.

9. What is your favorite activity when you aren’t at work?

When I am not at work, I like to be at the beach! It is my favorite place to relax and unwind.

10. What is something you have learned from your work at Policy Research?

I have learned that everyone has an important role in creating social change. When we can work together and learn from each other we can really create the world we want to live in.