Zayna Basma is a Research Manager at The MassINC Polling Group where she works on all phases of the polling and research design processes. She joined MPG after completing her MBA and MPP at the Heller School at Brandeis University where she concentrated in Children, Youth and Family policy. She received her B.A. in Political Science from UMass Lowell, with minors in Arabic and Spanish studies where she worked on research related to the media coverage and educational experiences of refugees in the United States. In 2020, she completed her Segal fellowship with MassINC where she worked on MassINC’s report: “Going for Growth: Promoting Digital Equity in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.” She previously served as a Research Analyst for the Heller School’s Center for Youth and Communities and as the co-coordinator of a mentoring program at SayDaNar Community Development Center, a non-profit focused on Burmese refugees in Lowell.