External Affairs Associate, Development and External Affairs

Beal supports MDRC’s external affairs activities, including outreach to state and local policymakers and practitioners, Congress, federal agencies, advocacy organizations, and think tanks. She also serves on the implementation team for MDRC’s study of YouthForce NOLA, a career pathways initiative in New Orleans high schools. Before joining MDRC, Beal worked at Single Stop USA, a nonprofit organization that provides access to a holistic set of services to low-income families. Beal holds an MPA in public and nonprofit management and policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA in urban studies from NYU’s College of Arts and Science.

  • MDRC Publications

      Issue Focus

      Providing Remote Support Services to College Students

      April, 2020

      SUCCESS, a comprehensive coaching program designed to improve college graduation rates among low-income students, has quickly transitioned during the pandemic. It is offering virtual advising appointments, adapting meeting topics to include tips for distance learning, and connecting students with local resources including food, health care, and emergency financial aid.


      Integrating Workforce and College-Readiness Training into California’s Adult Basic Skills Programs

      July, 2019
      Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, Katie Beal, Chase Johnson

      New models for adult education that integrate basic skills education with workforce and college-readiness training are catching on across the country. In this report, MDRC examines the development of these programs in California and suggests ways to expand these integrated models in adult basic skills programs across the state.


      Current Policy, Prominent Programs, and Evidence

      September, 2018
      Rachel Rosen, Mary Visher, Katie Beal

      This paper reviews the available evidence supporting various types of career and technical education programs, touching on both the amount of evidence available in each area and its level of rigor.


      Insights from the LATIDO Roundtable

      April, 2018

      Latinos are enrolling in California colleges in rising numbers, but their outcomes lag behind those of white students. The Latino Academic Transfer and Institutional Degree Opportunities project is examining the approaches taken by Hispanic-Serving Institutions in California to improve the rates at which they transfer to universities and complete college.

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