Maia O’Meara is a senior research assistant in the child welfare program area, where she brings more than two years of experience in data visualization and quantitative analysis. Maia specializes in supporting, tracking, and evaluating programs for older adolescents in foster care. She is particularly interested in interventions designed to increase and improve social connections for transition-aged youth.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Maia worked at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, where she helped to monitor and evaluate pilot programs implemented by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, holding a degree in public policy with a minor in human rights. While pursuing her degree, Maia served as a volunteer coordinator for students at her university and partnered with a community center for low-income mothers, a network of homeless shelters, and a variety of other service providers on the south side of Chicago. In the future, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree at the Harris School of Public Policy, with concentrations in program evaluation, social policy, and inequality.