Mary McLaughlin, MSW, is the director of Administrative Assessment and Policy in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. She has worked at Georgia State University for 11 years as program director of numerous research grants in the School of Social Work and most recently as Director of the Undergraduate Social Work program. In the last ten years she has been the Co-PI on more than $10 million in externally funded contracts, and has presented at many local, state and national conferences. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College and much of her professional career has focused on community, program, and workforce development. In partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Resources and the GSU School of Social Work, Ms. McLaughlin has worked to professionalize the state child welfare workforce through two state and federally funded projects. The focus of her work with the state has been conducting statewide training needs assessments, staff surveys, development of training curricula, multi-site program evaluations, and continuous quality improvement implementation. Ms. McLaughlin has been a resident of the City of Atlanta for 22 years; her husband is a retired City of Atlanta contracts officer. They have two sons; the oldest attends Georgia State.