Porter, deputy director of MDRC Center for Data Insights, is a statistician with expertise in predictive analytics, causal inference, and statistical computing. As a quantitative methodologist, she develops methods and tools for applied researchers and for practitioners who work with data. As a data scientist, she helps social service providers harness data to improve their programs and the lives of the low-income people they serve. For more than 20 years Porter has contributed to quantitative research in the areas of K-12 education, work and income security, criminal justice, and public health. She has a PhD in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.