- PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
- MRP, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- BA Political Science & Women and Gender Studies, Amherst College
Sara Hinkley is the Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley. Her research examines the impact of the Great Recession on U.S. city budgets and services. Her research interests include the growing complexity of municipal finance, the relationship between public finance and widening inequality, and the politics of local economic development.
At Berkeley, Sara has worked on research projects at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Center for Community Innovation.
Before coming to Berkeley, Sara was a longtime researcher and activist in the field of labor, workforce, and economic development policy in California and nationally. She has worked for the California Labor Federation, Justice for Janitors, and Good Jobs First, developing expertise in policies to improve opportunities for low-income people.
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