Angela Gaffney joined the MEF team as a Research Analyst in the Seattle office in 2015. She has experience with a wide array of social programs, both as a researcher and in a direct service capacity. Angela specializes in qualitative and quantitative research, including intervention design, random assignment design and implementation, and site team operations.
She is currently working on two multi-site random assignment evaluation projects using behavioral economics to improve child support and other self-sufficiency outcomes, an implementation study examining the intersection between federal cash assistance and refugee resettlement programs across states, and a qualitative study exploring the role of TANF office culture on families’ experiences with poverty and anti-poverty programs.
Prior to joining MEF, Angela participated in designing an agricultural development intervention and evaluation for a USAID-funded research grant in Tanzania where she conducted extensive fieldwork and co-led baseline data collection. In graduate school, she provided research and analytical support to the Agricultural Policies team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Evans School Policy Analysis and Research group. Previously, Angela served as an AmeriCorps member helping low-income residents navigate state and federal anti-poverty services in Washington State.
Angela earned her Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and her B.A. in International Studies, also from the University of Washington. When not working, Angela enjoys traveling, live music, cribbage, and parks.