Jill Yordy is a PhD student in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests include policy conflict dynamics and public participation in the policy process. Prior to joining the program in the fall of 2018, she worked for several years as a practitioner in the public sector. Her experience as a legislative aide, nonprofit program director, and senior campaign staff has centered on rural political issues, civic engagement, and environmental policy. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology at Luther College in 2009.