Ian Elder is the Senior Researcher for JMA’s National program. He has over five years of experience in strategic and policy research in the labor movement. Most recently he worked with UNITE HERE Local 25, the hospitality workers’ union in Washington, D.C., where his research contributed to the union’s efforts to raise standards for hotel workers, organize new hotels and a casino, and promote progressive public policies in the region. His research helped lay the foundation for the thoughtful and innovative legislation passed unanimously by the District of Columbia Council to regulate short-term rentals. He also previously conducted election research with the New Organizing Institute and worked with the Writers Guild of America, West to investigate trends in the film industry and federal communications policy.
Before joining the staff at JMA, Ian worked for a year in Spain as a cultural auxiliary in two public schools in rural Galicia.
Ian has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he served as co-managing editor of the department’s journal Critical Planning. He concentrated in regional and international development and his studies included research into strengthening and upgrading the manufacturing sector in Southern California. Ian received his bachelor’s in mathematics from Goucher College in Baltimore and minored in physics and music. He currently lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn with his wife, his cousin, and her two cats.