Marai Hayes graduated from Howard University in 2016 with a BS in chemistry and minor in economics. As an undergraduate, she conducted research involving the development of novel biomedical materials before shifting her focus to economics and health policy. She received an MA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018, where she worked as a student associate for the Child and Family Research Partnership housed within the LBJ School of Public Affairs. As an associate, she supported their project evaluating the value of evidence-based home visiting programs in Texas as well as other projects involving social policies that affect Texas families and children. Marai’s research interests include aging, disability policy, and maternal and child health. She is particularly interested in the intersection of labor economics and health as well as the impact of health policies on families.