First Managing Director Named For Wilson Sheehan Lab

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Heather Reynolds, a nonprofit leader with extensive expertise in poverty alleviation, will join the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame as its inaugural managing director in January.

She has served as president and chief executive officer at Catholic Charities Fort Worth for the past 14 years. Under her leadership, the organization grew locally and catalyzed an unprecedented expansion of its programming across several states. CCFW currently serves more than 40,000 people each year at its four locations across 28 counties and has grown to become one of the largest Catholic Charities organizations in the country.

Reynolds pioneered CCFW’s rigorous program evaluation approach, restructuring the organization to focus on testing program impact, adjusting resource allocations to programs that work and charging her staff to innovate in order to eradicate poverty. CCFW was one of LEO’s first key partners, working with LEO to measure the impact of its community college completion initiative, as well as partnering with LEO to embed rigorous evaluation into the design of a holistic case management program that aims to permanently move people out of poverty.

Reynolds acts as national adviser to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and serves on the Catholic Charities USA Executive Council of Diocesan Directors. In 2011, she was awarded the Benemerenti Medal from Pope Benedict XVI, which is the highest honor a layperson can receive in the Catholic Church. Reynolds has been honored as the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Nonprofit CEO of the Year, named 40 under 40 in Fort Worth, and testified on Capitol Hill about the need for a comprehensive approach to help people in poverty.

The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities matches top researchers with social service providers to conduct impact evaluations that identify innovative, effective and scalable programs and policies that support self-sufficiency. LEO disseminates its key findings to policymakers and front-line providers in order to support evidence-based policy and programming decisions that effectively and jointly reduce poverty in the United States.

Reynolds will direct LEO’s pursuit of its five-year strategic plan, through which it seeks to influence poverty policy and support the culture of evaluation among service providers to the poor nationwide. Co-founders Bill Evans and Jim Sullivan, professor of economics and Gilbert F. Schaefer College Chair, will remain actively involved and Sullivan will continue to act as its director.

Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Texas Christian University, a master’s in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington, and an Executive MBA from Texas Christian University.

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