Caitlin Anzelone

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Caitlin Anzelone


Caitlin leads the Center’s strategy to infuse behavioral insights and human-centered design to reduce poverty and inequities in the United States. She builds evidence with schools, public systems, and direct service nonprofits, and with the individuals who experience these systems, to strengthen processes and services. Caitlin focuses on systems change, the perspectives of lived experts, quick turnaround experiments in real-world settings, and capacity-building initiatives for staff.

She currently leads large-scale federal and foundation initiatives that apply behavioral science. She is leading projects that remove structural barriers in higher education, test new interventions in human services, examine the role of team effectiveness in transformation efforts, and build evaluation strategies with nonprofits.

Prior to joining MDRC in 2010, she studied the relationships between students and teachers in secondary education settings in New Jersey. Caitlin holds an MA in social-organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BS in psychology from Fordham University.

In her free time, Caitlin enjoys learning new daily insights from her children, walking with her dog, keeping up with her plants, painting, and doodling.