The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the primary source of nutrition assistance for many low-income people. Beyond providing access to food assistance, SNAP also provides some participants with a critical work support, helping them during times of unemployment or underemployment.
- Strategic communication
- Government affairs
- Stakeholder engagement
- Digital media
Carmen Ferro is senior manager of public affairs at Mathematica. She supports the company’s mission to improve public well-being by strategically disseminating policy research. Ferro specializes in translating complex research findings into fact sheets, newsletters, presentations, digital products, and more for audiences of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and thought leaders. To directly engage these audiences, she coordinates large events such as policymaker briefings, forums, webinars, and conferences. Her work provides actionable tools and evidence to inform decision making across a variety of topics, including child welfare, family support, nutrition, and workforce development. In close coordination with research teams, Ferro frequently works with clients such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor to develop and execute detailed dissemination plans.
Ferro joined Mathematica in 2012 after serving as senior policy analyst with the National Governors Association, where she managed the Governors’ Homeland Security Advisors Council. Prior to that, she worked as a legislative analyst at the RAND Corporation and as an aide for a member of Congress. She holds a master’s degree in strategic communication from American University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from York College of Pennsylvania.
Evaluation of SNAP Employment and Training Pilots
The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse: The What Works Clearinghouse of Proven and Promising Approaches to Move Welfare Recipients to Work
People who run programs for low-income job seekers and those seeking to promote policies that can improve employment outcomes for low-income individuals need evidence about what works.