Ratledge joined MDRC in 2012. As a research associate in the Postsecondary Education policy area, she works closely with community colleges, technical colleges, and open- and broad-access institutions to implement and evaluate programs aimed at improving graduation rates for students. Her primary areas of focus are student support programs, developmental (remedial) education, and financial aid innovations. She also leads MDRC’s rural higher education work. Ratledge has authored MDRC reports for several studies, placed articles in peer-reviewed journals, and written for publications including The Hill, Higher Ed Dive, and Community College Daily. Ratledge holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University.