Ratledge joined MDRC in 2012. As a research associate in the Postsecondary Education policy area, she works closely with community colleges, technical colleges, and open- and broad-access institutions to implement and evaluate programs for students with low incomes. Her primary areas of focus are student support programs, developmental (remedial) education, and financial aid innovation. She has served as the project manager for a number of evaluations and coauthored MDRC reports for several studies in postsecondary education. She also leads MDRC’s rural higher education work. Ratledge holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University.