For over 30 years, Dr. Hercik has worked at the intersections of research, policy and practice. She has committed her career to improving the economic stability and social equity of low-income populations in America. As a Senior Vice President for ICF, a leading US social sector research and consulting firm, Dr. Hercik directed numerous program strategy development, research and evaluation, and technical assistance projects on the national, state and local level. She is well known among federal and state policymakers and program administrators, as well as community leaders, for her extensive knowledge of workforce development; her leadership in the family strengthening and fatherhood fields; and, as an expert in TANF policy and practice. She presents regularly at national conferences, regional meetings, and strategic technical workgroups, and has published extensively on innovative approaches to improve front-line social services. Dr. Hercik has led efforts in multiple federal agencies and states focused on up-front engagement, holistic assessments, and innovative case management strategies for individuals on public benefits, the unemployed/underemployed, and low-income workers.
Previously, Dr. Hercik worked as Policy Director for the Council of Governors’ Policy Advisors, National Governors’ Association, managing workforce development, systemic education reform, and strengthening families projects. Additionally, she worked for both the executive and legislative branches of state governments in the states of Michigan and New York, where her efforts focused on developing strategic plans to diversify local economies and strengthen communities through creating new workforce development policies and economic inclusionary practices. Dr. Hercik holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.