Research & Development

The Research & Development team combines a suite of analytical tools and innovative techniques to provide the data our clients need for decision-making. Our researchers have a practical understanding of which data is most useful, who the audience is, and how to best present the information. Our analysts also create in-house, interactive tools to shed light on key issues.

Colton Mitchell

Colton holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from St. Edward’s University. Before joining TIP, he worked with the Texas Water Development Board on the 2022 Texas State Water plan and researched green infrastructure at St. Edward’s school of business. Outside of work, Colton enjoys hiking and crosswords. 

Evan Johnston

Evan is a native Austinite with bachelor’s degrees in economics, psychology, and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining TIP, he researched entrepreneurship, high-tech economies, and labor market polarization at UT’s IC² Institute. Outside of work, Evan enjoys exploring Austin’s outdoor spaces, eateries, and unwinding at home.

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Brent McElreath

Brent earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s spent more than 25 years working as a metropolitan analyst before joining TIP. When not at work, Brent is either digging in his garden or in the shelves of his local library.

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