As a Policy Analyst, Hallah provides research, technical and conceptual support for the development of a body of work devoted to national climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Her approach to knowing and addressing a problem is intersectional—that is, exploring how specific and seemingly tangential threads come together to create the reality under examination. Her goal is to identify and pursue an opportunity complementary to the institute’s expertise to design, test, and modify a scalable community process effective at mitigating for and adapting to climate change. Other work priorities include providing decision support for the Consortium for Scenario Planning, recommending areas of growth for data capabilities, and conducting qualitative and data-related research as appropriate.
Hallah received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and in Women’s & Gender Studies from Rutgers University and a Master’s of Science degree in Geography from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Urban Programs, she was employed with the National Park Service as a Park Ranger and with the Environmental Protection Agency as a Research Fellow, and was awarded an ETA Fulbright Scholarship in Turkey. During her graduate career, she held several research and teaching assistantships in the geography department; her study areas included climate change adaptation, urban political ecology, and urban and human geographies.