Richard Hendra
Director, MDRC Center for Data Insights

Hendra directs the Center for Data Insights which is bringing state of the art data science methods to help harness data to improve programs and better serve populations in need. During his tenure at MDRC, Hendra has led the research on a range of welfare, housing, asset building, and workforce development projects. He is currently the project director for the TANF Data Innovations project, a national technical assistance project which is seeking to  support routine use of TANF and other administrative data so that agencies can make more informed decisions about how to best serve their clients. Hendra is also the Principle Investigator or Senior Adviser on several evaluations focused on employment, housing, criminal justice, financial inclusion, and substance abuse issues. He has a PhD in Public and Urban policy and has over two decades of experience teaching statistics and research methods at the graduate level and has been involved in national preparedness training initiatives. He has served on several expert, curriculum, and dissertation committees and has been a reviewer for several foundations and academic journals.