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Olivia Smith, MPA

Olivia Smith joined Community Solutions as a Senior Research Associate in 2022 and is focused on producing meaningful insights from data that will help improve the Indianapolis community, and beyond. “I believe that it is important to facilitate positive change through analysis and evaluation that doesn’t just look at short-term successes but considers and prioritizes how the whole community benefits,” she says.

Before joining Community Solutions, Olivia had previously worked on monitoring Equal Opportunity at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, consulted on a cost-effectiveness and program evaluation for the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, and most recently worked as a non-partisan fiscal analyst in the Indiana Legislative Services Agency. In these roles, she has honed her skills in both quantitative and qualitative research and is excited to continue working on a broad range of projects at Community Solutions.

Olivia holds a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Policy Analysis from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University- Indianapolis and was awarded Outstanding MPA Student 2019. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University – Indianapolis and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University- Indianapolis.

Why are you passionate about what you do at Community Solutions?

I feel honored to be part of an organization that places such a high value on equity, diversity, and creating meaningful change.

I am excited to use my analytical skills as well as my creativity to tackle important and complex issues facing our communities while working alongside talented, dedicated colleagues.

 

What inspires you?

My partner Chris and his tireless pursuit of knowledge. A wonderful meal, perfectly executed. Listening to live music.

 

If you could offer advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?

Find ways to balance your work and goals while setting aside fulfilling, enriching time with your friends and family. Working hard and be dedicated to your goals doesn’t always feel rewarding in the short term, but it will make you prepared when opportunity knocks!