Angela Rachidi is a research fellow in poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she studies poverty and the effects of federal safety net programs on low-income people in America. She is an expert in support programs for low-income families, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). She also studies the effects of tax policy and other benefit programs on low-income American families, particularly on their work and poverty levels.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Rachidi spent almost a decade researching benefit programs for low-income populations in New York City. As a deputy commissioner in New York City’s Department of Social Services, she oversaw the agency’s policy research and program evaluation efforts.

Dr. Rachidi appears frequently in the media, and her print and online pieces have been published in outlets including the New York Post, The Hill, InsideSources, and

Dr. Rachidi has a Ph.D. in public policy from The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She also has a master’s of public administration from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in public administration from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.


  • Deputy Commissioner, Policy Research and Evaluation, 2009–15; Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Policy Research and Evaluation, 2007–09; Administrative Staff Analyst (N/M), Office of Program Analysis, 2002–04; Human Resources Administration, New York City Department of Social Services
  • Project Director, Applied Social Research Division, ORC Macro International, 2004–07
  • Assistant to the City Manager, City of Janesville, Wisconsin, 1998–2002


Ph.D., Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School
M.P.A., Northern Illinois University
B.S., public administration, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater