Samiya Khalid is the Policy Research Fellow at the Economic Mobility Lab. Her work is focused on childcare policy initiatives by working closely with the Office of Women’s Advancement. Her research and analytical skills focus on developing innovative solutions to provide economic opportunities for low and moderate-income Bostonians. Passionate about healthcare policy and gender equity initiatives, she brings with herself a range of policy and research experience.
Samiya is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to moving to the U.S., Samiya worked as a Consultant for the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Government of Punjab, Pakistan, specifically working on projects with the Department of Maternal and Child Health. She played a leading role in managing, implementing, and expanding the Rural Ambulance Service (RAS) designed to provide ambulances in rural areas of Punjab to improve access to health facilities, particularly for pregnant women and young children. In addition, Samiya played a pivotal role in launching the Antenatal Care Application (ANC App) for community healthcare workers in Punjab, Pakistan to initiate telemedicine at the community level and execute an automated data entry service. Samiya’s passion for women’s health and equity motivated her to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Policy. Her research interests are in maternal and child health, reproductive rights, early childcare policy, and gender equity.
Samiya got selected as a Civic Action Project Fellow in Summer 2020, where she worked with the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. Her work included research on early childhood education as a part of the Massachusetts Business Coalition for Early Childhood Education. Through this experience, she got the opportunity to engage with both public and private sector leaders in Massachusetts and develop public policy solutions to enhance the social and economic well-being of the Commonwealth.
Samiya earned her MPP from McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her bachelor's degree in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan. A native of Lahore, Pakistan, Samiya currently lives in Boston.