Gretchen Rowe

Gretchen Rowe

Principal Researcher
  • Program evaluation
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Technical assistance and monitoring


Focus Areas
  • Human Services
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
  • Employment
  • Training and Re-employment
  • Family Support
  • TANF and Employment Issues
About Gretchen

Gretchen Rowe evaluates the implementation and impacts of nutrition and employment and training programs serving low-income populations, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs.

Rowe directs a project to assess federal and state needs to better collect, report, and analyze SNAP E&T data, and she is leading a study of work requirement policies across the TANF, SNAP, and public housing programs. She is also a principal investigator of a congressionally mandated impact evaluation of 10 pilots that are promoting innovative strategies for increasing employment and earnings among SNAP participants and reducing their dependence on SNAP and other public assistance.

Prior to joining Mathematica, Rowe worked with the Urban Institute as a senior research associate, studying programs that serve low-income families and children. She has an M.P.P. in social policy from Georgetown University.

Key Projects
  • Evaluation of SNAP Employment and Training Pilots

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the primary source of nutrition assistance for many low-income people. Beyond providing a monthly benefit to spend on food, the program aims to ensure that SNAP participants have adequate access to enough food to lead healthy, active lives.