Policy Research Analyst


  • Full Time

At Lyft, our mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. To do this, we start with our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization.

The Public Policy team is the voice of the Lyft community to legislators and policymakers, charged with a multi-faceted mission that includes research, education, advocacy, and community outreach.  The work we do lays the policy foundation for the future of transportation.  We are looking for someone passionate about Lyft to help frame conversations across North America.

Lyft is hiring a Policy Research Analyst to leverage Lyft’s vast database and external data sources to answer important questions about Lyft’s impact on drivers, riders, local economies, the environment, transit systems, transportation access, crime, impaired driving, and other policy-oriented topics. Research produced will be used to both influence internal company policy and articulate Lyft’s point of view to policymakers as they help to shape the future of the industry.


  • Work closely with our Policy Development teams, including Future of Work, Sustainability, and Product Policy, to provide the analytical foundation of Lyft’s policy positions
  • Translate Lyft’s data into a public policy context in order to inform policy positions and business impacts
  • Conduct data analyses to aid our Public Engagement, Government Relations, and Policy Comms teams in advocacy efforts
  • Define, write, vet, and procure data for research and regulatory development:
    • Design and build metrics using SQL and Python/R
    • Research and respond to daily quantitative research inquiries from the Policy team and other internal stakeholders
    • Cross-functional coordination with other technical teams at Lyft on projects with policy implications
    • Conduct and publish original analysis and intuitive visualizations that support arguments for Lyft’s major policy issues
    • Present your results internally and externally


  • Degree in a quantitative field such as statistics, economics, applied math, or quantitative political science. Advanced degrees strongly preferred
  • 3+ years of industry experience in a data science or analytics role
  • Strong interest in public policy
  • Experience with hypothesis testing, including causal identification in observational data (e.g., difference-in differences, discontinuity designs, synthetic controls)
  • Advanced econometrics experience strongly preferred
  • Survey research, experience in public policy polling strongly preferred
  • End-to-end data experience including gathering, cleaning, querying, aggregation, analysis, visualization, and presentation, particularly:
    • Proficiency in SQL – able to write structured and efficient queries on large data sets, bonus points for Hive/HQL experience
    • Experience writing and maintaining ETL/data pipelines
    • Experience in a scripting language like Python or R
  • Great oral and written communication skills, and experience communicating analyses to non-technical audiences. (e.g., dashboards, jupyter notebooks, Excel models, slide decks, written briefs, blog posts, and/or presentations)


  • Great medical, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Mental health benefits
  • Family building benefits
  • In addition to 12 observed holidays, salaried team members have unlimited paid time off, hourly team members have 15 days paid time off
  • 401(k) plan to help save for your future
  • 18 weeks of paid parental leave. Biological, adoptive, and foster parents are all eligible
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Lyft Pink – Lyft team members get an exclusive opportunity to test new benefits of our Ridership Program

For candidates living in Colorado the expected base pay range is $113,680$137,310 and depending on a variety of non-discriminatory factors, including qualifications, experience and geographic location.

This role is work-from-anywhere, excluding the following states and territory: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming, Puerto Rico

Lyft is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment  without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. 

Until further notice, Lyft employees working in the United States and Canada in any capacity (on a daily or hybrid schedule, remote, or as a visitor) are required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and up to date against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated and up to date means an employee has: 1) received all recommended doses in a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine; and 2) either has received a booster dose or is not yet eligible to receive a booster dose but will do so when eligible. Lyft will maintain records associated with your vaccination history in a way that is compliant with all relevant Federal, state and local laws. Exceptions to this requirement are employees who require religious or medical exemption as approved through Lyft's accommodations process. New employees must provide proof of full vaccination or receive an accommodation exception approval prior to their start date.