Katrina Connolly

Senior Consultant

Expertise: State and Local Fiscal Policy, Urban and Social Policy, Property Taxation, and Human Services

Experience: Research Assistant at George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP); Research Assistant at Emory Office of University and Community Partnerships (OUCP)

Education: PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University; BA, Emory University

Katrina Connolly is a Senior Consultant in the Oakland office. Katrina’s skills and experience extend from fiscal policy to human services. Katrina has conducted research using advanced econometric techniques as well as case study-based methods. She has authored publications in peer reviewed journals and formally presented research results for projects funded by the Iowa Legislative Property Tax Study Committee and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Examples of Katrina’s fiscal policy research include the prevalence and methods of property tax expenditure budgets, the consequences of assessment limit policies on the property tax base and revenue, the causes and consequences of centralizing state finances, and the role of property tax incentives in Smart Growth. Katrina also researched property tax systems in developing and transitioning countries, and analyzed the uniformity of ad valorem and area based property tax systems in those contexts.

Katrina’s experience with social programs includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), job training, refugee resettlement, and health care. At GWIPP, Katrina helped design a demonstration project jointly funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Social Security Administration that addressed a problem facing SSI applicants who received TANF. Katrina also analyzed the significance of varying state TANF policies on employment outcomes of TANF beneficiaries. In another project for DHHS, Katrina co-authored an evaluation of a vocational program for low-income women, Rising Incomes through Self-Enterprise, at Emory’s OUCP. Katrina’s dissertation explored the employment implications of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program for refugees, which is administered by DHHS and the Department of State. Katrina’s experience with health care issues includes research to inform Pew Charitable Trust’s analysis of the Affordable Care Act. Katrina also secured funding from the DeKalb County Board of Health in Georgia to develop a tool to enable a multilingual community to access local healthcare services. Katrina has presented research results to academic audiences, policymakers, and program administrators at conferences and invited talks.