Yesim Sayin is the founding executive director of the DC Policy Center.
With more than twenty years of public policy experience in the District of Columbia, Dr. Sayin is recognized by policymakers, advocates, and the media as a source of reliable and balanced analysis on the District’s economy and demographics. . Yesim’s research interests include economic and fiscal policy, urban economic development, housing, and education. She particularly focuses on how the COVID-19 pandemic is altering regional and cross-regional economic interdependencies and what this means for urban policy. His work is frequently covered in media including The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WAMU, and Washington City Paper, among others.
Prior to joining the DC Policy Center, Dr. Sayin worked in the Office of the District of Columbia’s Chief Financial Officer leading the team that assessed the tax impact of all legislation considered by the District. She has frequently testified on high-profile bills and worked closely with the Executive and Council staff to ensure that decision-makers fully understand the tax implications of their bill. Yesim has also worked in the private sector and consulted international organizations on a wide range of public finance topics.
Yesim holds a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University, located in Istanbul, Turkey.