Resource Development Associates

Debbie Mayer, MPP

Senior Project Manager

Debbie comes to RDA with a passion to support criminal justice reform through research and evaluation. Debbie uses her research and evaluation skills to amplify the voices of individuals and communities most impacted by the criminal justice system to support meaningful criminal justice reform. At RDA, Debbie works on a variety of criminal justice projects to evaluate and improve probation, specialty courts, and violence prevention efforts.

She has over four years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research for social policy research institutions and community-based organizations, focusing on a variety of issues including jail and prison reentry, juvenile probation fees, the underground commercial sex economy, and the DOJ-funded justice reinvestment initiative. Her earlier professional experiences include direct service work in a New York City supportive housing residence and supporting a randomized controlled trial evaluating microfinance liability structures in Peru.


  • Master of Public Policy – University of California at Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – The George Washington University

Select Projects

  • Arnold Ventures: Improving Pretrial Court Appearance Research
  • Kings County Behavioral Health: Collaborative Justice Treatment Court Evaluation
  • Los Angeles City Attorney: Anti-Trafficking Program Planning
  • Los Angeles Probation Department: Probation Governance Study
  • Prop 47 Evaluations (Alameda County, Santa Clara County, Yolo County)
  • San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project Technical Assistance
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