- Federal nutrition assistance programs
- Evidence-based decision making
- Program implementation
- Program integrity
- Data analytics
- Human Services
- Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
- Family Support
- Economic Well Being and Income Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
Rachel Frisk is an expert in federal nutrition assistance programs, with 20 years of experience assessing a broad range of programs that serve vulnerable populations. Frisk has extensive experience reviewing program implementation, assessing program integrity, and identifying ways to improve program operations and efficiency, for example, through improvements to administrative data.
Frisk joined Mathematica in 2019 and leads projects focused on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Child Nutrition Programs. For example, she directed several projects focused on improving the use of SNAP administrative data for program oversight and technical assistance. Frisk is also the director of the School Meals Operations Study, a multi-year study of Child Nutrition program operations, which has been repurposed to collect data on the use and impact of COVID-19 flexibilities in these programs.
Previously, Frisk was an assistant director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). In her 18 years with GAO, she conducted nonpartisan research for the U.S. Congress primarily focused on human services programs, including nutrition assistance programs, state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, and the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income program, among others. She holds an M.P.A. in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. in political science from Marquette University.