Director, Policy & Analysis
Nishesh Chalise is passionate about using research to inform social change efforts. Grounded in community-based practice, he believes that research adds the most value when we collaborate with local stakeholders who are committed to social change.
Before joining the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, he was an assistant professor of social work at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minn. He taught baccalaureate and graduate courses on research, program evaluation and community development. He has years of experience conducting research on childhood obesity, collective action in community gardens, access to quality childhood education, sustainable natural resource management, diffusion of clean cooking technology, wealth disparities and food insecurity.
Chalise received a doctorate and master’s of social work from Washington University in St. Louis and has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental sciences from Kathmandu University.