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Rayanne Hawkins

Rayanne Hawkins

Policy Program Associate

I am passionate about improving the lives of the most vulnerable by implementing corporate strategies in a nonprofit setting to help evidence-based programs succeed. For me, Pay for Success is the perfect combination of private financing and scaling social good.


Rayanne Hawkins is a policy program associate for the Pay for Success Initiative in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute. Her research focuses on the intersection of pay for success with procurement and criminal justice. She manages the Ask an Expert web tool for pay for success and provides training and technical assistance to pay for success sites. Hawkins received her MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she studied alternative financing for social programs.