Commitment to Diversity

MDRC’s mission is to create and widely disseminate rigorous, nonpartisan, credible evidence on the effectiveness of policies and programs aimed at improving the lives of low-income families, children, and communities. With this in mind, MDRC recognizes the importance of diversity and strives to recruit, retain, and develop the talents of a diverse workforce that reflects the communities that participate in our projects.

At MDRC, diversity encompasses not only race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, but also age, educational background, class, and cultural and political perspectives. MDRC is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates and applications will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Outreach, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives

MDRC is committed to a culture of inclusiveness on every level of the organization that fosters teamwork, information sharing, harmonious and productive working relationships, and mutual respect. We welcome diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints; encourage initiative; and recognize the contributions of all employees. Specifically, MDRC develops strategies to promote retention of diverse staff and implements written policies, trainings, and dispute resolution practices to prevent bias in the workplace.

MDRC has allocated resources to foster diversity within the organization. A few noteworthy initiatives include:

  • The Diversity Council: MDRC’s Diversity Council was created to raise awareness about, advocate for, and celebrate diversity at MDRC and to advocate for equity in the workplace. Diversity Council members represent all departments and seniority levels. Standing committees on the Diversity Council include the Events and Communications Committee, the Research Committee, and the Recruitment, Hiring, and Supervision Committee. The Diversity Council organizes events, trainings, facilitated conversations, and written communications about diversity, equity, cultural competency, and social justice.
  • The Judith Gueron Minority Scholars Program: Through our Judith Gueron Minority Scholars Program, MDRC is actively developing a diverse recruitment pipeline by raising the profile of MDRC and the work we do among underrepresented communities and institutions. Specifically, the Gueron Minority Scholars Program offers paid internships for undergraduates and master’s-level students and doctoral fellowships (with stipends) for students engaged in dissertation research. The program is designed to introduce students to the organization, with a focus on those who may not be aware of the policy research field in general or MDRC’s work in particular. All interns and fellows participate in the intellectual life of MDRC by attending seminars and project meetings. Doctoral fellows receive the advice and support of MDRC’s staff in completing their dissertations. More
  • The Mentoring Program: This company-wide program promotes valuable mentoring partnerships within and across all departments, policy areas, and locations at MDRC. The goal of MDRC’s Mentoring Program is to enhance the professional development of staff by improving their understanding of MDRC’s mission and organizational culture, increasing their access to advice about career growth, promoting inclusion, and diminishing feelings of isolation. The Mentoring Program serves an important role in breaking down silos across the organization and fostering a sense of community at MDRC


Crystal Byndloss, a Senior Associate in our Policy Research and Evaluation Department, serves as MDRC’s Director for Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she develops, strengthens, and manages MDRC’s relationship-building activities with undergraduate and graduate programs and professional associations with an eye toward outreach to scholars from underrepresented groups. Byndloss works collaboratively with MDRC’s Human Resources Department, the Diversity Council, and senior leadership at MDRC to develop strategies and tactics for further promoting diversity and inclusion.

In addition, John Martinez, MDRC’s Director of Program Development, serves as Chair of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s (APPAM’s) Diversity Committee where he is working closely with member institutions, particularly academic institutions, to develop strategies to address the pipeline issue in public policy programs.