Meet the APM Research Lab

Craig Helmstetter, Managing Partner ( or 651-290-1219)

Craig Helmstetter leads the Research Lab, directing the overall agenda and developing new projects, as well as providing hands-on analysis. Helmstetter joins APM from Wilder Research, where he helped establish and then lead its Minnesota Compass initiative. In that role, he created and managed research projects, marketed research and data analysis services, developed and oversaw a research team, and frequently gave presentations on major social, economic and demographic trends facing communities throughout the state.

Helmstetter also has experience as an evaluator with Minnesota’s Legislative Auditor’s Office, a project manager with a survey research center, and currently serves on the board of the Community Indicators Consortium and on the Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He is a graduate of Luther College (1992), and received both a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning (1997) and a Ph.D. in Sociology (2001) from the University of Oregon, where he focused on quantitative methods, survey research, public opinion, political psychology, and social stratification.

Andi Egbert, Senior Research Associate ( or 651-290-1403)

Andi Egbert relishes telling stories with data. Her research interests include demography, migration, education over the lifespan, the workforce, and especially data to reveal and unwind inequities. She is an enthusiast of data visualization, elegant writing, and evidence-based public policy to strengthen communities.

Previously, Andi was the assistant director of the Minnesota State Demographic Center, where she provided expert data analysis to policymakers, state agencies, and the media about Minnesota’s changing populations. Andi also worked as a research scientist for Minnesota Compass (a statewide data indicators project) and prepared the annual Minnesota KIDS COUNT data book while research director at the Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota. In addition, she has served as a writer and editor for several publications, a literacy instructor, and a caseworker assisting low-income families.

Andi holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, with concentrations in social policy and vulnerable populations, and has completed additional coursework in demographic methods. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in journalism and humanities from Valparaiso University.

Laura Daugherty, Marketing Manager ( or 651-228-4902)

Laura Daugherty is the Marketing Manager for impact initiatives at APM / MPR, which includes the Water Main, Call to Mind, and the APM Research Lab. Before coming to APM / MPR in April 2018, Laura worked for nonprofit agencies in membership and marketing. Laura has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Superior and a BBA in Marketing with a minor in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota - Duluth.