Brandynn Holgate, PhD

Senior Research Associate, Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston

Brandynn Holgate is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Social Policy (CSP), J.W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked for CSP for 13 years conducting research, evaluation and policy analysis on issues related to employment and labor and their intersections with financial security, housing stability, health, education, and child care.

Brandynn is the principal investigator for a 5-year evaluation of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. The FSS program is a unique opportunity for some families and individuals to develop savings while they advance their employment situation. Findings from this research underscore the importance of housing security for individuals and families as they work to advance in the labor market. The evaluation also demonstrates what it takes for low-income families to transition off of public benefits.

Other recent work includes conducting an assessment of economic impacts for Just-A-Start’s Biomedical Career program, contributions to a health impact assessment on Boston’s Living Wage Ordinance in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission, and lead author on a report about career pathways commissioned by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development for the city of Boston.

Brandynn earned an MBA from University of California, Davis with a specialization in Human Resources and holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.