Erika Gordon, PhD

Dr. Erika Gordon is a seasoned Senior Evaluation Researcher with 2M Research. She has more than 18 years of experience designing and leading the evaluation of human services programs that target the most vulnerable populations: youth, families, veterans, and older adults. Her research focus includes the assessment of family supports, social welfare and safety net programs, and poverty studies.

Dr. Gordon currently serves both as the Evaluation Task Lead and Puerto Rico Grantee Lead for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Zika Health Care Services Project (HCSP), overseeing the design and implementation of 2M’s program evaluation of the CMS Zika HCSP. As Puerto Rico Grantee Lead, Dr. Gordon is leading efforts to support implementation of CMS-funded Zika HCSP activities through technical assistance provision for the grant’s $62 million reward. When Dr. Gordon was the Project Director for an implementation evaluation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Urban Employment Demonstration Grants for Youth and Young Adults, she developed and led an implementation evaluation of the program, which identified promising practices for supporting low-income young adults in developing career paths and employment skills.

Dr. Gordon has provided methodological direction for more than 30 qualitative studies for federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Dr. Gordon received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Spelman College and her Master of Arts in Women’s Studies, Master of Arts in American Politics, and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

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