Rastegar is a resource manager in the Families and Children policy area. In her role, she develops and manages project budgets and work plans, supports project directors in creating staffing and deployment strategies, and serves as a liaison to subcontractors and research partners. She currently works on the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE), Head Start Connects, and Child First.
Rastegar has broad experience in education and research. Before joining MDRC, she advised on the grant allocations of the $54 million annual education portfolio at Carnegie Corporation of New York. She completed her tenure at Teach for America where she taught English at North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey. She also supervised a project identifying the socioeconomic obstacles facing girls who seek primary education in Rajasthan, India, and served as an analyst for a start-up providing financing for postgraduates in the United Kingdom. She holds a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.