Alumni Changemaker: Randi Hall
To honor our 40 years, we're celebrating our most valuable resource - our alumni - through 40 profiles highlighting their leadership. Alumna Randi Hall completed the Junior Summer Institute at University of Michigan in 2013.
Using data and research to create effective social welfare policy
Randi Hall embodies the values of generosity, care and commitment.
Randi Hall’s commitment began when she received a double BA in sociology and economics from University of Florida. Not only did she graduate with honors, but based on her merit, she was also a recipient of the UF Presidential Achievement Scholarship. She went on to get a dual master’s degree in public policy and social service administration at the University of Chicago where she also served as President of the Harris School Student Government.
During her education, she interned at the Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida where her natural ability to connect and organize people became obvious. She also worked at the Bureau of Economic and Business Research where she fine-tuned her ability to collect and organize statistical data. However, when she began working for The Center for Law and Social Policy as a research assistant, she united both of these skill sets to advocate for stronger income and work support policies across the United States to support the lives of underserved children and families.
Randi’s generosity and care also included assisting young adults at Year Up to help them reach their potential and promoting pre-literacy skills in low-income children at Thirty Million Words as a Professional Development and Training Research Specialist.
All the while, she continued to develop her research skills as a Research Assistant at the University of Chicago Urban Labs which uses an evidence-based approach to better urban living. She also spent time as a Social Science Research Analyst Trainee at HHS Office of Inspector General, the largest inspector general’s office in the Federal Government, and supports the effectiveness of Health and Human Services programs through national evaluations.
"There's a lot of opportunity right now to change the face of leadership not only in the US but in the world."
At her current position as an analyst for the US Government Accountability Office, she is able to use her training in both quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis to support the U.S. Congress in helping the federal government save money and work more efficiently. While at GAO, Randi remains involved in community efforts with the Combined Federal Campaign, the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign to improve the quality of life for all, as well as the PDP Ambassadors, and the Chicago Office Social Committee.
Randi Hall is bringing both people and data together to improve lives. With her commitment to policy change and her ability to collect data that effectively drive that change, she is generously impacting the well-being of society.
Thank you, Randi, for caring about the way people are treated. You not only recognize the inequities but offer your unique experience and skillset to create lasting change. Because of your time and effort, people are accessing greater opportunities and potential.