Molly Irwin oversees Pew’s research and science portfolio, which spans the Trusts’ programmatic work and supports and produces rigorous, relevant, and objective research and reporting. This is fundamental to the success of Pew’s mission and the goals of its projects, and to stakeholders and decision-makers around the world.
Before joining Pew, Irwin was the chief evaluation officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, where she oversaw the research agenda and coordinated with agencies across the department to design and implement rigorous, relevant research. She has led research projects and initiatives in local and state government, the private sector, and academia. As the director of the child policy initiative at the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, she connected academic research with local policy initiatives and taught research and policy classes. She also held leadership roles in public health and social policy in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and the state of South Carolina.
Irwin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics management from Ohio Wesleyan University; a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama, Birmingham; and a Ph.D. in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University.