Mary Farrell, co-founder of MEF Associates, serves as Executive Vice President and a Senior Consultant for the firm. She brings over two decades of experience studying and evaluating human service programs.
Mary’s work involves managing program evaluations, leading data collection efforts, conducting implementation studies, and conducting cost-benefit studies. Mary has directed or managed numerous projects targeting low-income families, former prisoners, disability beneficiaries, noncustodial parents, and refugees. She is currently working on random assignment evaluations of subsidized employment programs, career pathways programs, an employment program for individuals with disabilities, and behavioral interventions targeting noncustodial parents and TANF recipients. She is also working on a study of refugee assistance.
Prior to founding MEF Associates, she was a Vice President at The Lewin Group, where she directed the income security and employment work within the Federal Human Services Practice. She previously worked at MDRC and the U.S. Department of Education’s Planning and Evaluation Service.
Mary earned her master’s degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from Yale University and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the University of California at Berkeley. When she is not working, Mary enjoys running and walking the Mount Vernon Trail, traveling, and spending time with family.