Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP)
Chief Evaluation Officer Demetra Smith Nightingale
Demetra Smith Nightingale, PhD, is the Chief Evaluation Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor. As the Chief Evaluation Officer, she is responsible for coordinating the Departmentís evaluation agenda and working with all agencies to design and implement evaluations. She is an expert in employment policy, workforce development, labor markets, and social policies and programs, and has conducted many evaluations of federal, state, and local programs aimed at increasing employment, skills, and income for workers and families.
Dr. Nightingale is the author or co-author of five books and dozens of articles. Her most recent books are Repairing the U.S. Social Safety Net (with Martha Burt) and Reshaping the American Workforce in a Changing Economy (with Harry Holzer). Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, directing many evaluations and research projects on employment and social policy and on the faculty at Johns Hopkins Universityís graduate program in public policy.
She is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University, teaching Program Evaluation. In addition, she is a Senior Research Affiliate with the Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, a senior research consultant with the World Bank, has served on many boards and task forces, and was an expert advisor to the White House Welfare Reform Working Group in 1992-93. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Public Policy, both from the George Washington University.