Shawna Kolka joined the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) in July of 2014 and currently fills the role of Project Manager. She is originally from Rochester, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in Economics and Sociology. During college she enjoyed working with service agencies like Indiana Legal Services, the Family Justice Center of South Bend and the Newark Boys and Girls Club. After spending a few years after college working in financial services in Chicago, Shawna began looking for opportunities to become more involved in the nonprofit sphere again. She was drawn to LEO’s focus on helping service providers and policymakers figure out how to use their limited resources to have the maximum impact on the lives of those they serve. Her major projects include the evaluations of the Padua pilot, an intensive case management program, and Nightingale, a medical respite center for homeless hospital patients.