Lashawn Richburg-Hayes is vice president of education at Insight Policy Research. Previously she led MDRC’s work in higher education, principally focused on finding ways to increase academic achievement and persistence among low-income students attending community colleges and less selective four-year universities. Projects in the higher education portfolio included evaluations of curricular reforms of developmental education, enhanced student services, scholarship programs, and alternative disbursement timing for financial aid at colleges across the United States. She was co-principal investigator of the Institute for Education Sciences Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (with Tom Bailey of the Community College Research Center). She was the project director and co-principal investigator of the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project and a co-principal investigator of the Behavioral Interventions in Child Support Services, both sponsored by the Administration for Families and Children of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Richburg-Hayes earned a BS from the Industrial and Labor Relations School of Cornell University.
She received her PhD in economics from Princeton University.