Andrea Whitsett is the Director of Morrison Institute for Public Policy, an applied research institute at Arizona State University that has served Arizona for nearly 40 years. Previously, Whitsett held a variety of positions within the Institute including Associate Director and Senior Research Analyst. During her tenure Whitsett has overseen numerous research studies and statewide public opinion polling, including a recent poll on the impacts of COVID-19. She leads the Institute’s signature State of Our State Conference and helped launch the Arizona Citizens’ Initiative Review.
Whitsett’s passion for service traces back to her grandmother, Julieta Saucedo Bencomo, a community activist who in 1979 became the first Latina to serve on the Arizona State Board of Education. Whitsett serves on the core team of the Collective Impact Group for Child Safety and Well-Being and has co-edited multiple reports for Arizona Town Hall. She serves on the governing board of the Arizona Foundation for Women and co-chairs its Research, Advocacy and Programs Committee.
Whitsett holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University where she was awarded an Amy Rossborough Fellowship through the Yale Women’s Center, and graduated with distinction. Whitsett graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies and has taught as a faculty associate in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development. In 2019, Whitsett was named “40 Under 40” by the Phoenix Business Journal.