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Vanessa Fry



About Me

Director for the Boise State Idaho Policy Institute

Associate Research Faculty in the Boise State School of Public Policy                                          

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Vanessa is Director and Associate Research Professor at the Idaho Policy Institute (IPI) at Boise State University. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty Member at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

Vanessa has focused both her work and education on utilizing multi-sector, evidenced-based solutions to address persistent social, environmental, and economic issues. At IPI Vanessa has led projects focusing on a number of issues including education, workforce development, housing and homelessness. She has also served as the lead researcher on multiple projects addressing Idaho’s transportation infrastructure.

Vanessa holds a BA in Biology and Fine Art from Wittenberg University, an MBA from Presidio Graduate School, and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University.


Idaho Policy Institute serves as an objective research resource for decision makers. As such, IPI collaborates across the state, and beyond. Projects and partnerships can be viewed on the Projects and Clients webpage.


Idaho Policy Institute works with interns, WorkU students, undergraduate researchers, masters and PhD graduate assistants, post docs. The current students include:

  • Melanie Hernandez (WorkU student)
  • Mackenzie Moss (MPA graduate assistant)
  • D’Andre Matthews (PhD graduate assistant)


  • Housing Opportunities for All Vertically Integrated Project
  • Master of Public Administration Capstone

Community Partners

IPI’s current and past community partnerships include nonprofit, for profit, and public sector organizations. They can be viewed on the IPI website.