The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington-based nonprofit and nonpartisan research, education, and policy organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states.



Senior Policy Analyst
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Colleen CainColleen Cain began working at the Northeast-Midwest Institute in 2010. As Senior Policy Analyst, Dr. Cain works on a number of issues, including regional demographic trends, the revitalization of older cities, sustainable communities, workforce development, and federal funding to states and cities.  

Dr. Cain received masters and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Florida. She completed her bachelor’s degree, also in sociology, from John Carroll University. Dr. Cain’s primary areas of interest and research are urban studies and inequality as it relates to race, income, gender, and environment. For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted research in her hometown of Pittsburgh, focusing on the city’s first Community Benefits Agreement.