Research Associate

Yang joined MDRC in 2008, and her work has focused on interventions that aim to improve long-term employment for low-income families. She is the data manager for the Paycheck Plus replication project in Atlanta (a simulation of an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income single workers with no dependent children) and for the Chicago New Communities Program evaluation (which studies how community groups in Chicago collaborate to improve their neighborhoods). She also works on evaluating Opportunity NYC, which uses short-term conditional cash transfers to boost poor families’ health, education, and employment. Previously, she was the technical leader on Project Rise, a Social Innovation Fund program that provided young adults who were neither working nor in school with paid internships and mandatory classes in the hopes of improving their long-term outcomes in education and work. Before joining MDRC, Yang directed WorkUp, a nonprofit organization that helps young adults build assets and achieve social mobility, and worked at SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning, where she managed evaluation projects on educational technology in K-12 schools. Yang holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.