Senior Associate, Postsecondary Education Policy Area

Sommo currently serves as the project director for Scaling Up Community College Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS) and for several evaluations related to the City University of New York (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), including a demonstration at three colleges in Ohio and one college in New York. SUCCESS partners with colleges in many states, providing in-depth technical assistance to design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive student support programs that are designed to be cost-effective and capable of being sustained and expanded to a large scale. Sommo is a co-principal investigator on MDRC’s long-term evaluation of CUNY ASAP and has previously directed MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative and the Performance Based Scholarship Demonstration. She has extensive experience with school records and survey data, and has managed data-collection and data-analysis activities for over a decade. She has coauthored several MDRC reports and holds an MS in education.