Prior to starting her Ph.D., Grace worked in economic policy research as a research assistant at American Enterprise Institute, a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, and a pre-doctoral research fellow with Dr. Bruce Meyer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Her projects focused on poverty and income inequality with a particular focus on labor markets. Currently, Grace's research focuses on the relationship between subsistence farms' productivity and household-level decisions, particularly investment in education. She is also working on projects related to orphanhood and child trauma, exploring the relationship between trauma and human capital investment. Grace holds a B.A. in Economics and Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia.