Will Engelhardt is a training and technical assistance manager at the Urban Institute’s Research to Action Lab. He manages the Pay for Success Initiative’s technical assistance to jurisdictions and leads efforts to engage policymakers and practitioners in implementing evidence-based programs and policies.
Before joining Urban, Engelhardt led the Council of State Government Justice Center’s county-based initiatives that aim to improve outcomes for people with behavioral health disorders involved with the criminal justice system. He oversaw direct technical assistance to counties via the Stepping Up initiative, a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. Previously, he coordinated the family economic security team at the National Center for Children in Poverty at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where he collaborated with state policymakers, administrators, and advocates to assess the effectiveness of state work support and safety net programs. Engelhardt was also a senior court report writer for the Fortune Society’s Court Advocacy Program, where he developed court documents on the progress of participants in the Alternatives to Incarceration program.
Engelhardt holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MSW from the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work.