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Rob Grunewald



Rob Grunewald is an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Grunewald conducts research on community development and regional economic issues. He co-authored “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return” in 2003 and has written several subsequent articles on the economic and social impact of early learning. He frequently speaks to community and business leaders, policymakers, and media throughout the United States.

Grunewald has served on boards and advisory committees for organizations involved with early childhood development, including Think Small: Leaders in Early Learning, First Children’s Finance, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency. He is also a past president of the Minnesota Economic Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.

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Recent Minneapolis Fed Work

Lewistown is a case study in cross-sector collaboration on child care
October 2019 - CD360 Notebook

Investing in Minnesota's workforce infrastructure: Early care and education as economic development
September 2019 - Conversations with the Fed

Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce’s strategy to address child care
July 2019 - CD360 Notebook

Getting specific about what works in early learning classrooms
May 2019 - Community Dividend

Engaging parents with their children’s development
May 2019 - Community Dividend

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