Research Coordinator; Candidate for MS in Economics, Voices for Children in Nebraska
Alfonso Vaca-Lubischer is the Research Coordinator at Voices for Children in Nebraska. He is responsible for collecting and analyzing data to build the Kids Count report, as well as providing data support to the Policy and Community Engagement teams. Prior to joining Voices for Children, Alfonso worked for Kids First Chicago where he supported public education policy with research and data analytics. During his time at Kids First Chicago, he built annual data reports and prototyped equitable funding models for Chicago Public Schools. Alfonso has worked as an intern on child welfare policy for Mexico’s federal government and on research for economic and business development firms. Alfonso’s most important work was leading historio-economic research on racial housing discrimination in Chicago. He worked with a team of researchers from various universities to collect historical data to determine the amount of money stolen from black homebuyers through the practices of contract selling and redlining, the results of which were published by Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity. The team presented research findings at multiple events, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in May 2019 and the 2019 Symposium on Racial Equitable Community Development in October 2019. Alfonso earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Urban Studies from Loyola University in Chicago and is currently a candidate for his Master of Science in Economics from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. His favorite authors are James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Eduardo Galeano. He is a resident of North Omaha and lives happily with his wife and their two obnoxious dogs.