Samantha Matthews

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Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office


M.P.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in political science, communication, University of Pennsylvania


Samantha Matthews (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.P.A. and a B.A. in political science and communication from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include criminal justice reform, mental health, homelessness, and housing.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was an analyst at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, where she managed regional and municipal homelessness and housing programs, including prevention and diversion, workforce development for transition age youth (TAY), landlord outreach and incentives, and two "tiny home" non-congregate shelters. She also assisted in the development of a mobile crisis response program for people experiencing mental health crises. Finally, she led efforts to coordinate and ensure alignment between government agencies, elected officials, and service providers to better combat homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley in eastern Los Angeles County.