Director of Strategic Research
Lisa Knepper helps manage the Institute’s strategic research initiative, which creates policy and social science research on issues central to IJ’s mission—school choice, private property rights, economic liberty and free speech.
Knepper co-authored IJ’s reports Streets of Dreams: How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Protectionist Barriers to Street Vending and License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing.
Before working as a director of strategic research, Knepper served as the Institute’s director of communications, securing news coverage in outlets nationwide, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, CBS Evening News and National Public Radio.
Knepper joined the Institute in December 2001 from Hill and Knowlton, a global communications firm, where she specialized in public relations for technology companies, including Compaq and Sony PlayStation. She also worked as a media relations and promotions adviser for several entertainment and technology companies in Los Angeles. Prior to working in communications, Knepper worked for the Institute for Humane Studies as a program coordinator.
Knepper graduated from The Ohio State University, where she majored in political science and economics with a minor in philosophy.