Our Team


Anna Thom, MA

Policy Research Associate

Anna is a Policy Research Associate at the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. In this role, she applies expertise in economic policy to conduct rigorous reviews of policy evidence, produce technical written analyses, serve as a resource to policy-makers, and contribute to the annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap.

Prior to this role, Anna served as an intern and consultant with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she supported analysis on firm productivity and industrial policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a portfolio of countries and the European Union. She also has experience at the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where she worked in government partnerships, helping to facilitate funding food assistance globally to people displaced by conflict and disasters.

Anna holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota). When not working, Anna loves strength training and traveling.

Authored Content

Policies supporting early childhood help people meet their full potential, as well as facilitate economic growth. Tax credits reduce child poverty, paid family leave improves parents’ mental health, and Early Head Start programs enhance literacy
Impacts on workers, families, and the state budget