Beth is part of RCO's leadership team, managing the planning and execution of research projects, working to advance strategic dissemination of our work, and other efforts in support of the department's focus on low- and moderate-income populations across New England. Her research focuses on implications of public policies and how they vary across demographic groups, racial wealth divides, and policy modeling. Previously, Beth directed the Vulnerable Families Research Program at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy, where her work centered on key issues confronting poor and low-income families including financial instability, safety-net policies, and challenges for low-wage workers. Beth also served as a research consultant at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, where she worked closely on projects to better measure and understand poverty including the California Poverty Measure and the American Voices Project.
Beth has published research briefs on topics ranging from the demography of poverty to the implications of safety-net policies across the nation. Her work has been featured in several academic journals including Social Services Review, Social Forces, and Journal of Marriage and Family. Beth holds doctorate and master's degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.