Mr. Jonathan A. Simonetta

Mr. Jonathan A. Simonetta is the Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (CMEO) for IMPAQ International. In his capacity as CMEO, he mentors researchers, oversees research projects, monitors overall project performance and contributes to business development across several divisions.


Mr. Simonetta has more than 15 years of experience in developing, executing and managing rigorous labor research and evaluation studies. He led the development, implementation and completion of numerous impact evaluations in his previous positions at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).


Mr. Simonetta has more than 15 years of experience working with a variety of clients. Has worked with a number of Federal agencies on various research and evaluation projects. These include the Department of Labor (including the Bureau of Labor Statistics), the Small Business Administration, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of State, the U.S. Army, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and the National Academy of Science. Mr. Simonetta has also worked with numerous public workforce system entities on rigorous research and evaluations such as state and local workforce boards, American Job Centers, unemployment insurance agencies, and numerous formula and discretionary grantees.  

Prior Experience

At DOL, Mr. Simonetta led the development and implementation of several randomized controlled trials including the Workforce Investment Act Evaluation, Project GATE I and II, the Young Parent’s Demonstration and the Reemployment Eligibility Assessment Evaluation to name a few. He is a passionate advocate for developing rigorous evidence on what works in Federal programs and building bodies of evidence so that policy makers can make evidence-based decisions on the management and operation of their programs.


Mr. Simonetta earned his Master’s Degree from Syracuse University in Political Science in 2000. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University 

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Chamberlain, A., Gupta, S., Moore, J. & Simonetta, J. (2017, March). An Evaluation Toolkit for the Public Workforce System. Presentation at the National Association of Workforce Board Forum, Washington, DC.

Previous Papers and Presentations

Simonetta, J. (2004). Job Training Data. In ​O’Leary, Straits & Wandner (Eds). Job Training in the United States. Kalamazoo: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Simonetta, J. (2003). The Participation of Older Workers in Employment and Training Programs. Presentation at the Biennial National Research Conference, Washington, DC.

Simonetta, J. and Wandner, S. (2002). Initiating and Expanding Unemployment Compensation Programs Around the World. Paper presentation at the Unemployment Insurance in the Americas Conference, Miami, FL.