Deputy Director

Redcross is Deputy Director of MDRC’s Health and Barriers to Employment policy area. Her expertise is in random assignment evaluations of programs that serve individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Currently, Redcross is leading several projects evaluating interventions that target former prisoners and others involved in the justice system, including the U.S. Department of Labor’s multisite Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration and the National Institute of Justice’s Demonstration Field Experiment: What Works in Reentry Research. She is also leading a demonstration of a new employment-focused cognitive behavioral therapy intervention and is the deputy director of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Building Bridges and Bonds project, which is testing the effectiveness of innovative strategies for working with low-income and disadvantaged fathers. Previously, she has served as project manager and research lead for other MDRC prisoner reentry studies, including the Center for Employment Opportunities evaluation, the multisite Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration, and the Rikers Island Jail Single Stop evaluation. Since joining MDRC in 1996, she has served as task lead on several large-scale random assignment evaluations. Redcross has authored or coauthored a number of published reports and journal articles. She began her career as a researcher for the New York State Assembly. She holds an M.S. in sociology with a focus on urban affairs.