Yana Kusayeva
Research Associate, Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment

Kusayeva is an implementation researcher and resource manager in the Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment policy area. Her projects focus on demonstrations and evaluations of programs that serve low-income students, disadvantaged young people, formerly incarcerated individuals, and parents involved in the child support system. At MDRC, she has assisted with designing behavioral interventions and random assignment processes, conducted field research, analyzed qualitative data, and coauthored reports. She is the project manager and Georgia operations coleader for the Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services (BICS) project. As a resource manager on multiple large-scale federal projects, she works with project directors and task leaders on day-to-day project management, which includes the development and monitoring of work plans, contracts, and budgets, as well as staffing and deployment. She also serves as a liaison to funding agencies, subcontractors, and other external partners. Before joining MDRC, Kusayeva was assistant director of an interdisciplinary global leadership program at Adelphi University. She also cofounded Dialogue Beyond Borders, an educational human rights and antibias nonprofit organization, where she served as board president until 2015. Kusayeva holds a BA in international studies from Adelphi University’s Honors College, a certificate in advanced international studies from Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs program, and an MPA in public and nonprofit policy and management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.