Lydia Quint joined EAB as an Associate Data Analyst in the spring of 2018. She currently works in the Bloomington, Minnesota office.
Lydia earned a B.A. in Spanish Studies and a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy (with a focus in social policy) from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2018. As her Master’s final capstone project, Lydia worked on a Qualitative and Quantitative mixed- methods study evaluating the connection between eviction and shelter use in Hennepin County, Minnesota. During her time at the Humphrey school, she also designed and implemented a Qualitative study examining housing preferences of the aging Minnesotan population.
Before arriving at EAB, Lydia worked for over four years as a Research Assistant at the Minnesota Population Center (or MPC). At MPC she cleaned and analyzed census microdata from over 150 countries.
In college, Lydia advised fellow undergraduate students through their academic journey as the Peer Advisor for the Department of Sociology.
As a Master’s candidate student she conducted research, performed literature reviews, and wrote policy memos for Governor Mark Dayton’s Housing Task Force.
When not working at EAB Lydia enjoys going on walks with her dog, riding her bike on Minnesota’s multitude of trails, and reading. Her family has a cabin in Northern Wisconsin where she spends most weekends out of the summer. Lydia also enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
First job: My first job in high school was as a Reference Page for the Rochester Public Library—essentially I spent my days re-shelving the non- fiction books.
Favorite book: My favorite book of all time is The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
Favorite class in college: Political Psychology of Mass Behavior
What skill do you have that you rarely get to use? When I worked for Habitat for Humanity I learned how demolish concrete with a jackhammer, build wooden structures such as a deck, and tint paint (to create paint colors that aren’t just white). I also learned how to drive one of those creepy, windowless vans that have no interior rear-view mirror.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? That things aren’t always just black and white, right or wrong—there’s multiple shades of gray to every problem.