Mary Ann Bates
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Mary Ann Bates

Executive Director, J-PAL North America

Mary Ann Bates is Executive Director of J-PAL North America at MIT. She worked closely with Amy Finkelstein and Lawrence Katz on the launch of the newest regional office of J-PAL. In her six years at J-PAL, her work has cut across multiple sectors, including health, energy, and education, and has focused on US domestic policy as well as international development.

She is a co-chair of J-PAL North America’s State and Local Innovation Initiative, which provides resources to US state and local governments interested in testing important policy questions with randomized evaluations. She was also instrumental in designing and launching the US Health Care Delivery Initiative, which supports building the evidence base on interventions that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery. She is currently a co-investigator of a large-scale randomized evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership as a part of a pay-for-success initiative by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

She holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where she received the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fellowship, and has conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar in Switzerland.