Social Science Analyst
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Amanda Benton is a Social Science Analyst in the Office of Human Services Policy within the Office for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS). Amanda serves as the lead ASPE analyst for family and youth homelessness, working to streamline and maximize this work both across HHS and with other federal departments. She often represents ASPE on interagency working groups and helps manage an evaluation of housing interventions for domestic violence survivors. Amanda also works on trafficking issues, including the intersection with housing. In addition, Amanda covers family policy issues, such as co-parenting, as well as HHS efforts to address poverty and child well-being through coordinated technical assistance at the local level. Finally, Amanda contributes to work on behavioral economics, domestic violence, and dissemination strategies for effectively reaching policy audiences. Amanda previously held multiple positions at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, including as Director of Policy Outreach. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Virginia with her husband and loves to travel whenever possible.

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