Kristin Klopfenstein, Director

A noted economist, Kristin Klopfenstein most recently served as founding Executive Director of the Education Innovation Institute at the University of Northern Colorado. The Institute was established by the Colorado General Assembly to leverage applied research to solve practical problems in educational reform.

Prior to joining UNC, Kristin was interim director of the Education Research Center at the University of Texas, Dallas, a state repository for educational data. She also served as an associate professor of economics at Texas Christian University. She earned her doctorate in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her undergraduate degree from George Washington University.



Elysia Clemens, Deputy Director

Elysia is a highly-experienced researcher and academic. She has been a tenured professor at the University of Northern Colorado and Faculty Fellow with the Education Innovation Institute. She is an expert in school counseling, child adolescent mental health, and improving the educational outcomes of at-risk populations, including students in foster care.


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Whitney LeBoeuf, Director of Data Integration and Analytics

Whitney is an expert in social policy research and data sharing, having worked with the well-known national group Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) at the University of Pennsylvania. As Director of Data Integration and Analytics for the Colorado Lab, she will be working with partners at all levels of state government to foster interagency data sharing for research to inform program and policy improvement.

Prior to joining the Colorado Lab, Whitney worked with both University of Colorado Boulder School of Education and University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education as a Senior Research Associate. She earned her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Education Policy, and has a Masters degree in Quantitative Research Methods from the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education. Her undergraduate degree is in Communications, earned at Northwestern University.


Liz Shahan, Senior Analyst/Project Manager

Liz Shahan comes to the Colorado lab with a strong background in data management, research design, and analysis and is focused on using data and analysis to create information and drive decisions.  Prior to joining the Colorado Lab, Liz spent eight years as a senior statistician for the Denver Police Department, analyzing resource allocations and best practices. Prior to that she worked as an analyst in both healthcare policy research for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and in mental health treatment effectiveness research with the National Development and Research Institutes in partnership with the Colorado Department of Corrections. Liz has an MA in General Psychology and a BA in Sociology, both from the University of Northern Colorado.

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