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Bridgette Lery
Senior Fellow
Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population

Bridgette Lery is a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. Her research focuses on child welfare and other human services, including administrative data systems, performance measurement, capacity building and evidence use in the workforce, program implementation, and evaluation. Her current work includes leading a national Evidence Building Academy to develop the capacity of child welfare agencies to conduct rigorous program evaluations, providing continuous quality improvement technical assistance to state and local child welfare agencies, and leading several program evaluations, including a maltreatment prevention program in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, a family resource center intervention in San Francisco,  a kinship navigator program in New Jersey, and California’s legislation to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Lery resides in San Francisco, where she worked in local government directing research and evaluation for the San Francisco Human Services Agency.  She holds BA in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an MSW from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare.

Research Areas
Child welfare
Children and youth
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Race and equity
Evidence-based policy capacity
Kids in context
Pay for success
Social determinants of health
Racial equity in education
Community data use