Ann Person

Ann Person

Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
Director, Center for Improving Research Evidence


Ann Person has broad expertise in research on education, training and the transition to adulthood.

At Mathematica, Person serves as a project director for an evaluation of a grant to a three-state consortium of community colleges under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. Under the grant, community colleges are developing and implementing accelerated information technology training programs for displaced workers, veterans, and other adult learners. Person also served as co-principal investigator of a related project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support measurement and evaluation efforts among TAACCCT grantees.

She plays a key role in Mathematica’s evaluation of the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) evaluation, designed to test the impact of changing work incentives in Social Security Disability Insurance.

Before joining Mathematica in 2007, she held positions in K–12 and higher education at the Chicago Public Schools, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, and the University of Wyoming. She also served as a senior program officer in postsecondary research and data at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Person's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Social Science Research and Economics of Education Review, and she serves on the Journal of Higher Education's editorial review board. She holds a PhD in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.


  • 2004-2005 - Association for Institutional Research-NCES-NSF Dissertation Grant
  • 2003-2004 - Spencer Research Training Grant



Year Degree Institution
2007 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
1999 Master of Public Administration (with distinction) University of Wyoming
1991 BA (cum laude), History Georgetown University


Year Title  
2007 Long Journey on a Short Path: Information, Organization, and Student Success in Two-Year Colleges

Selected Publications

Person, Ann E.; Goble, Lisbeth; Bruch, Julie (2014). Developing Competency-Based Program Models in Three Community Colleges. Mathematica Policy Research .

Maxwell, Person, Ann, Bruch Julie (2013). Evaluation and Measurement for TAACCCT Grant Programs: Recommendations and Resources for Getting Started. Mathematica Policy Research.

Person, Ann; Moiduddin, Emily; Hague-Angus, Megan; Malone, Lizabeth M. (2009). Survey of Outcomes Measurement in Research on Character Education Programs. National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.

Research Interests

Areas of Expertise

  • Postsecondary education
  • Employment training programs
  • Evaluation technical assistance


  • Employment and Income Support
  • Education
  • College and Career Readiness
  • School-to-Work Transition

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