Welcome the Newest R&P Team Members!

We are so excited to welcome new faces to the Research & Policy team. These fellows and interns will be helping us in a variety of different ways: through research, policy examination, graphic design, and more, we are looking forward to seeing the amazing work they’ll do while they’re here!.

Help us welcome the newest members of the Research & Policy team!


Yoojin Kim

Yoojin is a research and policy intern with the Social IMPACT Research Center. Upon graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in economics and political science, she worked at an international development research organization in Washington, D.C., identifying which education interventions around the world are most effective at increasing access to and improving the quality of schooling. To get a better understanding of students’ and teachers’ perspectives in developing-country contexts, she moved to the Caribbean coast of Colombia to teach English, before moving to Seoul, South Korea, to work with North Korean refugees.

Yoojin is currently pursuing her MPP at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Before her move to Chicago, she took some time to travel, crafting lattes, serving pastas, and volunteering at hostels in the process.


Doug Barge

Doug Barge is a Research Assistant (Intern) at Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center. 

Doug is a working on his MSW at Dominican University in River Forest. His policy interests include housing for chronically mentally ill and education. 

Prior to IMPACT, Doug worked as a Data Architect, Data Engineer and Team Lead at companies such as Acorns, Clayco, Orbitz and the National Opinion Research Center. 

Doug enjoys travel, biking and bike touring along with absurdist theater. As much as possible he likes to hang out with his two grandchildren.

One word Doug would use to describe his time at Heartland Alliance so far: Intense


William H. Burr

William H. Burr is a PhD Candidate at Loyola University Chicago, where he studies Organizational Sociology. His dissertation research seeks to understand the lived consequences of the 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy both within the financial sector and more broadly across other American social contexts.

Will has worked on policy research projects funded by the Louisville Institute, the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Will joined the Heartland Alliance National Initiatives team as an intern in Spring 2019. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Master of Arts degrees all from Loyola University Chicago.

Will lives in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood and can often be found at any one of the many food and art festivals that the neighborhood offers.

One word William would use to describe his time at Heartland Alliance so far: Exhilarating


Vanessa Rangel

Vanessa is currently a Masters student at Loyola University Chicago pursuing a degree in Sociology. She has worked within the market research industry for about 3 years but wanted to explore her passions and make a difference.

This coming fall, she will also be a fellow with Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning where they collaborate with local community and nonprofit organizations on research to create innovative solutions that promote equity and opportunity throughout the city. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys cuddling with her dogs (she has plenty of pictures), watching new shows on Netflix, and travel.

One word Vanessa would use to describe her time at Heartland Alliance so far: Inviting


Sarah Love

Sarah is a Masters student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently earning her degrees in Public Health and Social Work. In the past Sarah has worked in permanent supportive housing, disaster relief, and food borne illnesses.

Sarah is passionate about ending health inequities and disability justice. When Sarah is not at school or work, she enjoys cooking, reading, and gardening.

One word Sarah would use to describe her time at Heartland Alliance so far: Collaborative


Corban Rawls

Corban works as an intern within the Research & Policy team at Heartland Alliance under The National Center on Employment and Homelessness (NCEH). Corban works to support and help staff in all functions regarding project organization, program initiatives, and policy objectives.

Corban is a member of the Harvard class of 2021 majoring in Government and minoring in Global Health and Health Policy. A Cupertino, California native, Corban is passionate about issues of equality and the transformative power of the political process. Corban is passionate about travel and has vast experience living and traveling abroad including countries such as India, Australia, and Turkey.

Currently Corban serves as co-chair of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity Program at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, he is also a member of the Harvard swimming and diving team receiving All American honors this year.

One word Corbin would use to describe his time at Heartland Alliance so far: Chill