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Shayne Spaulding
Senior Fellow
Income and Benefits Policy Center
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  • I am excited by the opportunity to bridge the gap between research and practice for the purpose of helping disadvantaged individuals realize their potential and gain economic security for themselves and their families. I strive to identify what policies and programs support the realization of economic security through education and training.

    Shayne Spaulding is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on the evaluation of workforce development and postsecondary education programs. She has spent more than 20 years in the workforce development field as an evaluator, technical assistance provider, and program manager. Her research has examined the public workforce system; community college innovations; employer engagement in workforce programs; services to parents, youth, and noncustodial fathers; people with criminal records, performance measurement in workforce programs, and other topics.

    Spaulding coleads several Urban projects and initiatives, including Building America’s Workforce, which brings together workforce development research from across Urban; Bridging the Gap, which centers on child care and workforce development for low-income parents; the assessment of the JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills at Work Initiative; and the US Department of Labor’s Analysis of Employer Performance Measurement Approaches, for which she is principal investigator and project director.

    Before joining Urban, Spaulding was the university director of workforce development for the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest public urban university system, where she oversaw workforce and continuing education programs in CUNY’s 24 colleges and professional schools. From 2001 to 2009, she worked for Public/Private Ventures, where she was a senior program director, leading evaluations of sectoral programs, social purpose staffing agencies, and services for noncustodial fathers.

    Spaulding holds a BA in American government from Wesleyan University and an MA in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.

    Research Areas
    Social safety net
    Children and youth
    Kids in context
    Beyond high school: education and training
    Job markets and labor force
    Families with low incomes
    Technology and future of learning and training
    Student parents

    Outside Affiliations
    Swampscott Town Meeting

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