Associate, Policy Analyst

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Department: Center for Regional Economics

The Milken Institute Center for Regional Economics (CRE) is looking for a Policy Analyst to provide broad policy, data, and legislative research and analytical support for our work in regional economic development, including workforce and human capital development, housing, and infrastructure. Within these areas we tend to focus on high-tech and creative industries that drive innovation and job creation. CRE leverages our California headquarters through extensive statewide research and programming to incubate new regional business and policy solutions.

The Policy Analyst will work collaboratively with the entire CRE team to provide research and policy support for reports, events, and programming – including the annual Milken Institute Global Conference – that advance actionable economic and policy solutions for local, statewide, and regional leaders. The role is an outstanding opportunity to hone one’s skills and contribute to a body of work that shapes the conversation and influences key decision-makers from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.


  • Identify and track policy trends, programs, and stakeholders related to regional economic development, including workforce and human capital development, housing, and infrastructure
  • Research and analyze relevant quantitative and qualitative data and information (e.g., census and BLS data, regional planning documents, state and federal legislation)
  • Summarize background research and prepare landscape overviews
  • Draft policy briefs, white papers, and event collateral
  • Prepare presentations including basic data visualizations
  • Coordinate CRE projects and engagements with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ad hoc support for broader CRE and Milken Institute events and programming


  • Master’s degree in public policy, macroeconomics, or a similar field + 1-2 years relevant work experience or undergraduate degree with 5+ years relevant work experience
  • Experience conducting research, data, and policy analysis
  • An understanding of regional economic development including issues and stakeholders
  • Strong, clear, and concise writer
  • PowerPoint and advanced Excel a must
  • Proactive with a flexible attitude
  • Ability to work as part of a team and perform under a deadline

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.


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