Sam Elkin, a Senior Research Associate, joined MEF Associates in 2010, bringing more than a decade of experience in public policy research, analysis, and evaluation.
Sam’s work has focused on programs aimed at helping low-income families achieve economic self-sufficiency through work or saving. At MEF, Sam has been a part of several major studies and evaluations for the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and Social Security Administration. He works with local programs serving as sites in these studies to implement evaluation procedures, and conducts qualitative research for implementation and process studies. He has led MEF’s work on projects related to the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program, the Assets for Independence Program, churning in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and integration among human services and health programs. He is currently working on several major random assignment evaluations and other studies of programs serving populations such as the long-term unemployed, justice-involved fathers, refugees, and individuals owing child support.
Previously, he worked for five years at The Lewin Group, and held earlier positions with a former Director of the National Economic Council and with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Sam holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. When he is not working, Sam spends time with his wife walking their beagles, Donuts and Colchita, and learning to play the cavaquinho.