Ms. Blanca Monter has nine years of experience conducting studies concerning minority- and women-owned participation in public agency contracts. She has an extensive background in public policy with strong skills in program management and economic analysis. As a Keen Independent Consultant, Ms. Monter collects and analyzes primary and secondary data and performs regression analyses and other statistical modeling. She is currently helping to lead disparity studies for nine entities in Minnesota. Ms. Monter joined Keen Independent in 2016.
Formerly an Associate Program Director for the Roy Wilkins Center, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Monter was responsible for data collection, data quality control and estimation of measures of discrimination using advanced econometric methods. Ms. Monter conducted statistical analyses for several research projects on ethnic and gender inequality using Census Bureau data. At the Roy Wilkins Center, Ms. Monter also conducted ten research projects to determine the participation goal for minority- and women-owned business in federal- and state-funded projects. Ms. Monter managed the New Jersey Transit Authority Disparity Study and Minnesota Department of Transportation Disparity Study while at the University of Minnesota. She also contributed to the successful defense of the implementation of MnDOT’s DBE Program.
For the Minnesota Department of Employee and Economic Development, Ms. Monter completed a workforce research study where she designed and analyzed a survey on the perceptions and knowledge of workforce development policies among Economic Development Department staff. She has held public policy workshops in Minnesota.
Ms. Monter served as a Deputy Director of Economic Policy Analysis for the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. Her responsibilities included performing micro-level quantitative analyses using income-expenditure and employment survey for studies on labor market reform and consumption tax reforms. She also conducted cost-benefit analyses of different bills presented to the Mexican Congress.
She earned an M.A., Public Policy, University of Minnesota, an M.A., Public and Social Politics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain and a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City. Ms. Monter is fluent in Spanish.