Sara Ellis
Research Analyst, Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment

Ellis works in the Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment policy area, evaluating interventions and programs aimed at reducing recidivism and improving outcomes for criminal justice system-involved populations. Her current projects include the Los Angeles County Reentry Integrated Services Project and the Pretrial Justice Collaborative. Before joining MDRC in 2020, she worked as a lab manager at the Risk-Resilience Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, where she led research projects promoting evidence-based policies and practices that decrease the risk of reoffending and boost the well-being of mentally ill individuals involved in the criminal justice system. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.