Meet the APM Research Lab

Craig Helmstetter, Managing Partner (chelmstetter@apmresearchlab.org 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 as president of the board of the Community Indicators Consortium. 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, and social stratification.


Andi Egbert, Senior Research Associate (aegbert@apmresearchlab.org 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 (ldaugherty@mpr.org 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.


Josh Quinn, Research Assistant (jquinn@apmresearchlab.org)

Josh Quinn provides essential research assistance across a range of Lab projects. He enjoys working on a wide variety of topics including education policy, demographic research, and state and local government. Previously Quinn worked with the City of Saint Paul’s Office of Financial Services where he helped publish Mayor Carter’s 2019 proposed budget, designed and implemented resident outreach activities, and explored process improvement projects with the Saint Paul Innovation Team. Quinn is completing his final semester in the Master of Public Policy program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota (2015).