Since joining MDRC in 2015, Cummings has primarily worked on evaluations of programs designed to help individuals overcome substantial obstacles to finding and maintaining gainful employment. She currently serves as a data manager and analyst for the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration and the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration, two multisite evaluations of innovative approaches to improving long-term employment prospects for individuals from several low-income target populations. Cummings also analyzes quantitative data for evaluations of YouthBuild and Youth Villages, two programs that aim to improve life outcomes for disadvantaged young people. Previously, she led an implementation study of Youth-Led Tech, a technology mentoring program for young people in Chicago who are at high risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence.
Before joining MDRC, Cummings worked in Denver as a case manager for participants in a workforce development program, then as a mixed-methods researcher evaluating juvenile diversion, early childhood education, and substance abuse rehabilitation programs. Cummings began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, where she worked to expand the reach and quality of education in rural communities. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.