Jonathan A. Simonetta
Jonathan A. Simonetta is Vice President, International Development at AIR. As Vice President, he mentors researchers, oversees projects, monitors overall project performance, and leads business development for our International Development Division. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing, executing, and managing rigorous labor research and evaluation studies. He led the development, implementation, and completion of numerous impact evaluations in his previous positions at the US Department of Labor (DOL).
Mr. Simonetta has more than 15 years of experience working with a variety of clients. Has worked with a number of Federal agencies on various research and evaluation projects. These include the DOL (including the Bureau of Labor Statistics), the Small Business Administration, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of State, the US Army, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and the National Academy of Science. Mr. Simonetta has also worked with numerous public workforce system entities on rigorous research and evaluations such as state and local workforce boards, American Job Centers, unemployment insurance agencies, and numerous formula and discretionary grantees.
At DOL, Mr. Simonetta led the development and implementation of several randomized controlled trials including the Workforce Investment Act Evaluation, Project GATE I and II, the Young Parent’s Demonstration and the Reemployment Eligibility Assessment Evaluation to name a few. He is a passionate advocate for developing rigorous evidence on what works in Federal programs and building bodies of evidence so that policy makers can make evidence-based decisions on the management and operation of their programs.
Previous Papers and Presentations
Simonetta, J. (2004). Job Training Data. In O’Leary, Straits & Wandner (Eds). Job Training in the United States. Kalamazoo: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
Simonetta, J. (2003). The Participation of Older Workers in Employment and Training Programs. Presentation at the Biennial National Research Conference, Washington, DC.
Simonetta, J. and Wandner, S. (2002). Initiating and Expanding Unemployment Compensation Programs Around the World. Paper presentation at the Unemployment Insurance in the Americas Conference, Miami, FL.
M.A., Political Science, Syracuse University; B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University