Leigh Wedenoja

Chief Economist

Rockefeller Institute of Government

State Universities of New York

I currently serve as chief economist of the Rockefeller Institute of Government having previously been a postdoc in the Department of Education at Brown University. I have a PhD in Economics from Cornell University. 

I specialize in education, labor, and health policy research. My work focuses on assessing the causal impact of public policy using both quantitative and qualitative methods. I have worked with New York State agencies and nonprofit organizations on topics including the care workforce, employment for people with disabilities, civil service exams, K-12 and postsecondary education policy, and the overdose epidemic. I am also a lecturer at the University at Albany in the graduate Department of Education Policy & Leadership and the lead instructor for the education component of the Empire State Fellows program.

Contact Information:

leigh.wedenoja [at] rock [dot] suny [dot] edu


Leigh Wedenoja

Rockefeller Institute of Government

411 State Street

Albany, NY 12203

(518) 445-4150