National Poverty Fellow
Mina Addo was a National Poverty Fellow for 2021–2023 in residence at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Addo completed her PhD in social welfare at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). She is a qualitative researcher with experience conducting policy and program evaluations, survey design, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. Addo’s research interests include precarious work and the intersection between economic insecurity, health, and well-being. At SP2, Addo collaborated on the development of the Partnership for Social Mobility and Impact Fund, a research-driven initiative to identify and scale economic mobility solutions in Philadelphia and beyond. Prior to her doctoral work, Addo held positions at Urbane Development, where she led studies on city-led financial capability and economic development initiatives, and Citizens Budget Commission, where she contributed to studies on Medicaid redesign and municipal fire and EMS services. She has also served as a health and education policy adviser in the U.S. Senate and provided public policy and communications counsel to nonprofit organizations. Addo was mentored by IRP Affiliate J. Michael Collins and Christina Yancey, Chief Evaluation Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor.