Shayne Spaulding is a principal research associate 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 nearly 20 years in the workforce development field as an evaluator, technical assistance provider, and program manager. Her research has included studies of programs for young noncustodial fathers, sectoral employment programs, social-purpose staffing agencies, faith-based programs, and other workforce development topics.
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 a $20 million Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training grant from the US Department of Labor involving eight colleges operating career pathway programs for adult students. She was also the principal investigator for the CUNY Jobs Task Force, which examined trends in five industry clusters and how universities could better prepare graduates for available jobs. From 2001 to 2009, Spaulding worked for Public/Private Ventures, where she was a senior program director.
Spaulding serves on the board of the Workforce Professionals Training Institute and the advisory board of the New York City Labor Market Information Service at the CUNY Graduate Center.