Leadership and Staff
Steven Berry, Jeffrey Talpins Faculty Director, is the David Swensen Professor in the Economics Department, specializing in the empirical analysis of markets and competition-related economic policy.
Berry is a winner of the Frisch Medal of the Economics Society, was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014, and was named the 2017 Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society. At Yale, he has served as Department Chair and as Director of the Division of Social Sciences. He has served as a consultant for governments, policy institutes, and the private sector, focusing on questions of antitrust as well as environmental and trade policy. Berry is also affiliated with the Cowles Foundation at Yale and is a Research Fellow at the NBER.
In his academic work, Cooper has analyzed the impact of competition in hospital and insurance markets, studied the influence of price transparency on consumer behavior, and examined the influence of electoral politics on health care spending growth. His work has been published in leading economics and medical journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the New England Journal of Medicine, and has been presented at the White House, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The New York Times wrote that his work is “likely to force a rethinking of some conventional wisdom about health care.”
Rachel Diaz is the new Project Coordinator at the Tobin Center where she facilitates collaborations between Yale research teams and local, state and national policymakers, along with other academics and data analysts nationwide. Prior to joining the Tobin Center, Rachel worked as an analyst in the economic consulting sector and assisted Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak. Rachel received an A.A. in Economics from Miami-Dade Community College and subsequently received a B.A in Economics from Yale University.
Emily Radel joined the Tobin Center in October 2020 as the Associate Director of Health Policy. Previously, she provided economic consulting services on intellectual property matters with expertise in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and health care industries. Ms. Radel also successfully founded a start-up company in the technology and events space. She received a B.A. in Economics and Business Management from Washington University in St. Louis.
Becca Stevens has worked in various administrative roles in the Yale Economics Department since 2015. She joined the Tobin Center in January 2020. Prior to joining Yale, she worked at Loyola University Maryland as Assistant Director of Advancement Events and as a Project Assistant at the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland. She received both a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Loyola University Maryland.
Rebecca Toseland, Director of Research Support, is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Previously, she was a Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.
Her research and teaching interests span a variety of domestic policy issues including economic mobility, education, housing, health, and the environment. She received a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Yale University, and both an M.A. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara
David Wilkinson, Executive Director, joined the Tobin Center in September 2019. Most recently, Mr. Wilkinson served as Connecticut’s Chief Performance Officer, a cabinet level role in which he set up interagency data sharing and performance management systems to build a more effective government.
In a previous role, as head of the White House Office of Social Innovation under President Obama, he led efforts in favor of results-driven government and the use of data and data science for the public good. As part of this effort, Wilkinson succeeded in increasing funds for data-oriented programs and he supported a bipartisan coalition in the Senate and House that passed legislation promoting evidence and outcomes-based policies. He also previously served as Connecticut Commissioner of Early Childhood and used evidence-based methods to successfully shift existing funds toward their best use. His results-driven innovation efforts at the Office of Early Childhood were recognized by the New York Times, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. Wilkinson earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is affiliated with the Yale Child Studies Center and is a fellow at Yale’s Institution for Social Policy Studies (ISPS).