Dr. Emilia Istrate’s areas of focus include economic development, finance, infrastructure, state and local government, and data policies. Dr. Istrate’s research informs public policy-makers at all levels of government. She is a member of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Steering Committee.
Dr. Istrate currently serves as the National Association of Counties (NACo) Counties Future Lab managing director. NACo is the only national association representing the 3,069 county governments in the United States. Prior to NACo, Istrate served with the Brookings Institution, George Mason University and contracted with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. She co-authored a book for the UNECE on evaluating the performance of multilateral institutions in energy efficiency projects.
Istrate holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University and graduate degrees in International Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria.