In her role as a Research Associate for DHM Research, Naama Friedman gets to explore a variety of topics through assisting on both quantitative and qualitative projects. Her passion for detailed work and organization is applied to processing data and assuring that deliverables are of the highest quality.
Naama holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Reed College, where she wrote a thesis on the interstate compacts formed in 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her interests lie in exploring how people engage with the world around them, whether politically, economically, or simply with their own opinions. How can we create a better world that can respond to what people are engaging with? This is what drew Naama to the world of research, and she hopes to continue this work throughout her career.
Born in Chicago, Naama spent time in eastern Tennessee as a child and in Evanston, Illinois as a teenager. Her family’s eclectic mix of Cuban, Eastern European, and Jewish heritage meant that she grew up with an amazing collection of different recipes and a passion for keeping her loved ones fed—which she now shares with her roommates in Portland. Naama has always placed a strong emphasis on creating community wherever she goes, whether through food, music, or collaborative work. In her free time, Naama enjoys singing in a local Portland choir, going on long walks, and spending quality time with friends.