Farhana
Hossain
Research Associate

Hossain holds a dual role as an associate for implementation research and external affairs at MDRC. In her research, she focuses on programs for low-income individuals who face serious barriers in the labor market, primarily disadvantaged young adults. She is currently leading program and site development for the Families Forward Demonstration, a test of sector-focused strategies to improve labor-market outcomes for noncustodial parents, as well as MDRC’s efforts to explore demand-driven strategies to improve employment outcomes for low-income young people. Hossain has also led implementation research for the evaluations of YouthBuild, PACE Center for Girls, and New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program. As a member of MDRC’s external affairs team, Hossain helps develop and execute outreach and communications strategies to educate various stakeholders about evidence-based policies and practices, including federal and state legislators, advocacy groups, philanthropic organizations, and members of the press. Before joining MDRC, she worked as a journalist for more than a decade at the Washington Post and the New York Times. As the Washington editor for information graphics at the Times, she oversaw the development of graphics, maps, and other types of visual representations to inform the paper’s coverage of politics and policy news in print and on the web. Hossain holds an MPA in public and nonprofit management and policy from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a BA in English from City College of New York.