Sharon
Rowser
Vice President

Rowser directs MDRC’s California office and serves as deputy director of the Policy Research and Evaluation Department. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the design, development, and implementation of national demonstrations serving families and children, adolescent dropouts, and other disadvantaged populations. Rowser currently directs MDRC’s work in partnership with Public Strategies on work funded by the U.S. Department and Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance; this work provides training and technical assistance for the Healthy Marriage/Responsible Fatherhood program and the Integrating Innovative Employment and Economic Stability Strategies program. 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.