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LaDonna Pavetti

Positions

1997- Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Senior Researcher
1993-1997 The Urban Institute, Human Resources Policy Center
   1997 Senior Research Associate
   1993-1996 Research Associate
1993-1995 Consultant, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
1989-1993 Pre-doctoral Fellow, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Kennedy          School of Government, Harvard University
1991-1992 Instructor, Microeconomics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
1985-1989 Policy Analyst, District of Columbia Government, Commission on Social Services
1982-1984 Social Worker, Association House of Chicago
1981-1982 Social Worker, St. Aloysius Church, Washington, D.C.
1978-1981 Social Worker, So Others Might Eat, Washington, D.C.

Career Brief

Dr. Pavetti has nearly twenty years of experience working in social welfare.  She joined Mathematica Policy Research after four years at the Urban Institute.  In both places, she has led a number of welfare-related research projects which combine qualitative and quantitative data.  Her research has been widely published, and she has spoken at many conferences and briefed the Congress and several Federal, state and local government agencies and task forces on welfare reform.

Much of Dr. Pavetti's research has focused on recipients' time on welfare, the relationship between welfare and work, and welfare reform implementation.  Her most recent projects include analyses of the long-term employment prospects of welfare recipients, women working in low-wage jobs and women with low basic skills and the design and implementation of program strategies designed to help welfare recipients enter the labor market as quickly as possible.  In previous research, she analyzed the implementation of five early welfare reform demonstration projects; examined programs for welfare recipients needing more assistance than typical welfare-to-work programs provide; and developed a dynamic micro simulation model for estimating the number of families impacted by various welfare reform proposals and provisions, especially time limits.

Dr. Pavetti has also worked for the Federal and District of Columbia governments on social service issues.  She began her career as a social worker and counselor serving low income families, homeless men with substance abuse problems, court-involved adolescents and developmentally disabled adults and children in Chicago and the District of Columbia.


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