Alexander Mayer works on experimental and quasi-experimental impact analysis and research design at MDRC. His current research includes evaluations of the Achieving the Dream initiative, Completion by Design, and a long-term follow-up of the Opening Doors learning communities program at Kingsborough Community College. Prior to joining MDRC, he co-founded and led a small nonprofit organization for public schools in San Francisco and also worked as a software developer and consultant. Mayer holds a B.S.
with double majors in physics and mathematics from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis.