LaDonna Pavetti, Ph.D.
Dr. LaDonna Pavetti is the Vice President for Family Income Support Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In this capacity, she oversees the Center’s work analyzing poverty trends and assessing the nation’s income support programs, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Before joining the Center in 2009, Dr. Pavetti spent 12 years as a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., where she directed numerous research projects examining various aspects of TANF implementation and strategies to address the needs of the hard-to-employ. She has also served as a researcher at the Urban Institute, a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on welfare reform issues, and a policy analyst for the District of Columbia’s Commission on Social Services. In addition, for several years she was a social worker in Chicago and Washington, DC.
Dr. Pavetti has an A.M. in social work from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
- Recent Report on TANF’s Responsiveness to the Recession Has Serious Flaws
- Effective, Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs in Every State at Risk if Congress Does Not Extend Funding
- Commentary: Cato Gets It Very Wrong: The Safety Net Supports, Rather Than Discourages, Work
- TANF Emerging from the Downturn a Weaker Safety Net
- Changes in TANF Work Requirements Could Make Them More Effective in Promoting Employment