Meet AIR’s Workforce Development Team
Samia Amin, Practice Area Director
Ms. Amin studies the impacts and implementation of labor and economic development programs to identify what works where, for whom, and why. She loves designing and assessing pilot programs and behavioral nudges; leading experimental, quasi-experimental and implementation studies, and evidence reviews to inform policy and practice; and building capacity among workforce practitioners for innovation. She brings expertise in employment training, self-employment assistance, dislocated and trade affected worker assistance, income support, worker safety, and retirement benefits programs.
Irma Perez-Johnson, Vice President for Research and Evaluation
Dr. Perez-Johnson has 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of rigorous evaluations of employment, adult training, and K–12 educational interventions. She is passionate about using research to support successful life transitions among vulnerable populations. She has led dozens of large-scale experimental and mixed-method studies, multi-site pilots of innovative interventions, rapid-cycle evaluations of behavioral nudges, implementation studies, analyses of administrative records data, and cost analysis studies. Dr. Perez-Johnson’s research covers job search assistance and employment supports; welfare-to-work transitions; occupational skills/vocational training; entrepreneurship and self-employment; unemployment insurance; economic development and workplace health/safety regulations.
Scott Davis, Principal Researcher
Dr. Davis leads research and evaluation projects focused on labor programs, including programs in both workforce development and worker protection. He has designed and implemented rigorous mixed-method evaluations of innovative programs aimed at improving collaboration among workforce system stakeholders, enhancing and creating occupational training programs, and developing a new labor exchange platform. His areas of expertise include research and evaluation design, quantitative methods, and major workforce investment and worker protection programs.
Mary Kay Dugan, Managing TA Consultant
Ms. Dugan is a managing technical assistant consultant at AIR. Her primary responsibilities include managing large-scale technical assistance and evaluation projects in the areas of workforce development and education. She has extensive experience in program evaluation and technical assistance study design and implementation analysis using mixed methods approaches.
Stephanie Cronen, Principal Researcher
Dr. Cronen studies the impacts and implementation of adult education programs and provides technical assistance on data and evaluation to assess performance and guide decision making. She enjoys conducting studies of all types with a focus on levers to improve the outcomes of low-skilled adults. Her expertise also includes measuring the attainment of subbaccalaureate occupational credentials, using data to improve training and support services for adult education students, and examining best practices in improving workplace diversity.
Harry Holzer, Institute Fellow
Dr. Holzer is a nationally recognized expert in economic and workforce research. For over 30 years, he has contributed significantly to the national discourse on employment, urban poverty and social policy. His research has focused on the low-wage labor market, the problems of minority workers in urban areas, the quality of jobs and workers in the labor market, and how job quality affects the employment prospects of the disadvantaged, as well as worker inequality and insecurity more broadly. He has also written extensively about the employment problems of disadvantaged men, advancement prospects for the working poor, and workforce policy more broadly.
Hans Bos, Senior Vice President
Dr. Bos is an expert in large-scale experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation projects for a wide range of federal, state, and local agencies and foundations. His evaluation expertise spans a wide range of topic areas, including workforce development, welfare reform, adult education and youth development. Dr. Bos has studied job training programs for economically disadvantaged youth, welfare to work programs, workforce programs for adult workers, regional economic development innovation grants, and programs supporting high school to college transitions for low-income high school students.