Meet our Staff

Rachel Flum, J.D.


Executive Director

Rachel has served as the executive director of the Economic Progress Institute since September 2015. Prior to taking over as executive director, she was a senior policy analyst with the Institute for 10 years. Rachel is responsible, along with the Board, for the strategic and fund development of the organization, as well as the administration and management of the staff. Rachel serves on the Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care, the Rhode Island Early Learning Council and the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Linda Katz J.D.


Co-Founder and Policy Director

Linda is the Policy Director and, along with Nancy Gewirtz, co-founded The Institute. Linda is responsible for legislative and policy analysis and advocacy on a range of public benefits and programs, including: welfare, health care, child care, and employment and training.

Linda is chair of the statewide RI Works Advisory Committee, and a member of the HealthSource RI Advisory Board. Before joining The Economic Progress Institute full-time in 2001, Linda worked for the RI Health Center Association, RI Disability Law Center and RI Legal Services. Linda received her Juris Doctorate from Boston College and undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.

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Juan Espinoza, Communications and Outreach


Communications and Development Manager

Juan joined the Institute in 2015 to assist with communications and outreach on behalf of the Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Juan was a Field Organizer and Deputy Finance Director for the Elorza campaign, working with community leaders throughout the city of Providence to create a diverse coalition to elect now Mayor Jorge Elorza. Previously, Juan worked as Finance Director for Nellie Gorbea’s campaign for Secretary of State.

Juan currently serves on the Board of the Childhood Lead Action Project and serves on the Communications Advisory Board of the State Priorities Partnership. Juan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree from Florida State University.

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Alan Krinsky Senior Policy Analyst


Senior Policy Analyst

Alan joined the Institute in January 2019. From 2016 through 2018, he worked on the data analytics team at Rhode Island Medicaid, part of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. His work, much of which focused on long-term care, included program, policy, and fiscal analyses. Prior to this, Alan served as the Health Analytics Manager at one of Rhode Island’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and as a Senior Analyst at UMass Memorial Healthcare in Worcester. At the Institute, Alan’s primary responsibility will be analysis of the state budget, in the Rhode Island and national contexts, as well as consideration of the many associated revenue, tax, and expenditure policy issues. Alan earned a Master of Public Health Degree from Brown University in 2006 and a PhD in History and the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 (with a doctoral dissertation titled Let Them Eat Horsemeat!: Science, Philanthropy, State, and the Search for Complete Nutrition in Nineteenth-Century France). He is a member of the Rhode Island Public Health Association and has served on the boards of a number of non-profit educational and religious organizations. Email Alan

Juan Espinoza, Communications and Outreach


Administrative Assistant

Karina joined the Institute in 2016 to assist with the day-to-day administrative duties of EPI. Karina is also an administrative assistant for Rhode Island College Outreach Programs. Karina has a Medical Assistant Certificate from Rhode Island College.

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