Yu is a quantitative researcher in MDRC’s Economic Mobility, Housing, and Communities policy area. She currently contributes to the Purpose Built Communities study and the TANF Data Innovation technical assistance project. Her past work at MDRC includes data visualization, design and development of MDRC’s online social network analysis primer, as well as data management and analysis for the HUD Rent Reform Demonstration, Santa Clara Housing Authority Moving to Work Retrospective, and Chicago New Communities Program studies. Prior to joining MDRC, Yu worked as a magazine editor, digital content strategist, UI/UX designer, and economic consultant. She holds a master’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and computer science from Columbia University.