RACHEL FLUM, J.D
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.
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.
JUAN ESPINOZA, M.S.
Communications and Development Director
Juan joined the Institute in 2015 to assist with communications, outreach, and development 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 in Political Science from Florida State University.
ALAN KRINSKY, PhD, MPH
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.
LA-BRINA ALMEIDA, M.S.W.
Junior Policy Analyst
La-Brina received her Bachelor of Social Work from Rhode Island College (RIC) and her Master of Social Work from Boston University. She was the recipient of RIC’s 2018 B.S.W. Social Justice Award for academic excellence and outstanding community service on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations in Rhode Island. She interned with House of Hope working on homeless issues including protesting against panhandling ordinances. She has also worked with Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, founding Adoption Inequality to continue to raise awareness around racial inequalities within adoption. La-Brina will participate in the State Priorities Partnership’s State Policy Fellowship program as part of her work with EPI.
SARAH TRAYERS, M.Ed
Junior Policy Analyst
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology and a Master of Education in Counseling from Providence College (PC). Over the past four years she has studied and worked on state and institutional immigration policies that intersect with workforce development services and work supports for Rhode Island immigrant families. As a co-founder and President of the Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition at PC, Sarah conducted research examining PC’s resources to support undocumented students. She also worked as a Graduate Student Practitioner for the Center for Career Education and Professional Development at PC where she conducted research on the post-graduation needs of marginalized students, developed career education resources, and advised first generation and underrepresented students on workforce skills.
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.