- Federal nutrition assistance programs
- Program improvement
- Program integrity
- Evidence-based decision making
- Effective data use
- Human Services
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
Rachel Frisk is an expert in federal nutrition assistance programs with 20 years of experience assessing a broad range of programs that serve vulnerable populations. Frisk has extensive experience reviewing program implementation; assessing program integrity; and identifying ways to improve program operations and efficiency, including through improvements to administrative data.
Frisk joined Mathematica in 2019 and currently leads projects focused on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and child nutrition programs. Frisk is the director of the SNAP reporting compliance measures project, leading the team’s collaboration with the department’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to design and implement new performance measures and processes. With the goal of enhancing oversight and technical assistance, this project improves the use of SNAP administrative data to identify useful insights on state and recipient compliance with reporting requirements. Frisk is also the deputy project director for the School Meals Operations Study, a multiyear study evaluating the operations of FNS’ school meals and other child nutrition programs. In both projects, Frisk works closely with FNS to identify agency needs and ensure teams collaboratively develop targeted solutions.
Previously, Frisk was an assistant director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). In Frisk’s 18 years with GAO, she conducted nonpartisan research for the U.S. Congress primarily focused on human services programs, including FNS’ full range of nutrition assistance programs, state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, and the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income program, among others.
Frisk holds an M.P.A. in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. in political science from Marquette University.