Verrillo serves in a cross-functional role at MDRC. She participates in interdepartmental efforts to identify and promote efficiencies in the proposal and report production processes, provides training on report production and fact-checking, develops graphics products, and is a project manager for deliverables in the Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment policy area. She is currently building a website to host organization-wide proposal efforts, and is overseeing the dissemination of studies connected to the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families (BEES) and Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) evaluations. Verrillo has fifteen years of experience in project management, editing, writing, and video postproduction. Prior to joining MDRC, she worked as an editor at HarperCollins Publishers, where she acquired and edited fiction, wrote promotional copy, negotiated contracts, and oversaw production of several dozen books a year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in media arts and design from James Madison University.
ProjectsMegan Millenky, Dan Bloom, Susan Scrivener, Charles Michalopoulos, Dina A. R. Israel, Johanna Walter, Lauren Cates, Sally Dai, Caroline Mage, Emily Marano, Viktoriya Syrov, Douglas Phillips, Kyla Wasserman, Lily Freedman, Osvaldo Avila, Emily Brennan, Jillian Verrillo, Gilda Azurdia, Frieda Molina, Shelley Rappaport, Clinton Key, Nandita Verma, Cynthia Miller, Jared Smith, Shawna Anderson, Kelsey Schaberg, Caitlin Anzelone, James A. Riccio, Keri West, Caroline Schultz, Ethan Feldman
Many Americans struggle in the labor market even when overall economic conditions are good. Unemployment is persistently high for some demographic groups and in certain geographic areas, and a large proportion of working-age adults — about two in five in 2019 — tend to be out of the labor force. Factors such as systemic racism embedded in the economy and...Dina A. R. Israel, Michelle S. Manno, Dan Bloom, JoAnn Hsueh, Charles Michalopoulos, Virginia Knox, Erika Lundquist, Electra Small, Rebecca Behrmann, Samantha Wulfsohn, Douglas Phillips, Patrizia Mancini, Emily Brennan, Jillian Verrillo, Bret Barden, Kureem Nugent
Fathers play a unique role in their children’s lives and development, but some fathers face personal or societal barriers to positive involvement with their children — such as low levels of education, stigma from criminal records, declining wages for low-skilled men, or family instability. Responsible Fatherhood programs aim to improve the well-being of low-income...Dan Bloom, Sally Dai, Bret Barden, Melanie Skemer, David Navarro, Jillian Verrillo, Yana Kusayeva
Some adults have great difficulty finding and holding jobs even when overall economic conditions are good. These individuals typically have low levels of formal education and skills and other characteristics, such as criminal records, that place them at the back of the queue for job openings. Many programs have been developed to assist these job seekers, but few have...Dan Bloom, Richard Hendra, Melanie Skemer, David Navarro, Sally Dai, Bret Barden, Kyla Wasserman, Jillian Verrillo, Chloe Anderson Golub
Over the past 80 years, a variety of subsidized employment strategies have been used for two main purposes: (1) to provide work-based income support for people who are not able to find regular, unsubsidized jobs; and (2) to improve the employability of disadvantaged groups. Programs with the first goal have typically emerged during periods of sustained high...