Sharon
Rowser
Vice President

Rowser directs MDRC’s California office and serves as as deputy director of the Policy Research and Evaluation Department (PRED). Since joining MDRC in 1986, Rowser has specialized in the design, development, and implementation of national demonstrations serving families and children, adolescent dropouts, and other disadvantaged populations. She currently directs Improving Contraceptive Options Now, a project focused on expanding family planning options and reducing unintended pregnancy for low-income women, and the Expanding Children’s Early Learning (ExCEL) summer study, a demonstration testing the effectiveness of a rigorous summer program for preschoolers entering  kindergarten in the fall. She has directed site engagement, development, and technical assistance in numerous projects, including Supporting Healthy Marriage, Head Start CARES, the UK Employment Retention and Advancement evaluation, and Parents’ Fair Share. Most recently, she directed site engagement for more than 100 programs participating in MDRC’s two home visiting evaluations, the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE)  and MIHOPE-Strong Start. Before joining MDRC, Rowser was a program officer in the Ford Foundation’s Urban Poverty program. Rowser received a BS in management and marketing from Babson College, and an MA in urban affairs and policy analysis from the New School for Social Research.