Next Generation Evidence: The Book
About the Contributors
Lola Adedokun is the executive director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group at the Aspen Institute and cochair of the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls, where she leads a portfolio of programs that expand opportunities for and access to health and prosperity. Prior to joining the institute, she administered almost $200 million as director of both the African Health Initiative and the Child Well-being Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She earned dual BA degrees with honors in health policy & society and sociology from Dartmouth College and an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Mandy A. Allison is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. Before medical school, she taught public school, where she saw the effect of structural inequities on health and education outcomes. She completed her residency at the University of Utah. Dr. Allison sees patients and teaches residents and students at Children’s Hospital Colorado, serving a racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse, mainly low-income population. She joined the team at the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health (PRC) in 2016 and has been the codirector of the PRC with Dr. David Olds since June 2019.
Plinio Ayala The Per Scholas staff is led by CEO and president Plinio Ayala. Plinio was born and raised in the South Bronx, just as it was growing into a national emblem for urban poverty and disinvestment. His experience instilled a lifelong passion for creating economic opportunity, and shortly after graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in American studies, he devoted his career to building win-win solutions to social and economic problems, first at Jobs for Youth and then at SoBro.
In 2003, Plinio became president and CEO of Per Scholas and since that time has been instrumental in all the organization’s achievements— from evolving its original mission, which was to bridge the digital divide by refurbishing end-of-life computer equipment, to leading its accelerating national growth. In the process, Plinio has incubated strong organizational capacities to respond to changing market conditions, pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, and embrace rigorous measurements of impact. He often says that he can imagine no greater satisfaction than seeing overlooked people—many of whom have struggled with educational and public systems that seem designed to stymie rather than uplift them—finally channel all their passion and curiosity into transformative careers.
Plinio sits on the boards of the Workforce Professional Training Institute, Economic Mobility Partners, and SoBro. He has also served on the New York State Workforce Recovery Strategy committee since 2020. He has received numerous honors, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Community Leader Award in 2019, Newscorp’s Murdoch Community Hero Award in 2018, and Hispanic Community Leader of the Year by Crain’s New York in 2016, among others.
Tamar Bauer is an attorney with expertise in harnessing policy strategies to drive better and more equitable outcomes for communities. She focuses on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors, with demonstrated success in driving federal and state policy change. As chief policy officer at Nurse-Family Partnership from 2006 to 2017, she helped secure $1.5 billion in federal funds to create the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and mobilized $30 million in public and private funding to expand services for families in South Carolina’s Pay for Success initiative. Prior to NFP, Tamar helped launch the New York Academy of Medicine’s Child Health Forum and advanced policy work at the New York March of Dimes and American Academy of Pediatrics.
Jake Bowers is associate professor of political science and statistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is a fellow in the Office of Evaluation Sciences in the General Services Administration of the U.S. Federal Government and has served as a fellow in the Policy Lab at Brown University and as methods director for the Evidence in Governance and Politics network. He cofounded and co-directs the Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He also cofounded Research 4 Impact, an organization devoted to connecting academia with practice.
Jessica Britt serves as senior director of research and evaluation at Year Up, one of the nation’s leading workforce development organizations. Jess has over ten years’ experience in program management and evaluation both in the United States and internationally. In addition to her work at Year Up, Jess serves as a member of the board of directors for Safe Passage / Camino Seguro in Guatemala City.
Jennifer L. Brooks helps philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, and governments strengthen their impact through evaluation, metrics, and evidence-based practice. Brooks held senior positions at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association (NGA), and the Administration for Children and Families. At NGA, Brooks oversaw technical assistance on human services, workforce, and economic development programs and led Governor Hickenlooper’s NGA Chair’s Initiative, Delivering Results. At the federal government, she led a research and evaluation portfolio for the federal Head Start program. Brooks holds a PhD and MS from Penn State University and an MA from the University of Chicago.
John Brothers currently serves as the president of the T. Rowe Price Foundation and president of T. Rowe Price Charitable. Brothers comes to T. Rowe Price from Quidoo, an international consulting firm he started and led for over a decade, merging the firm in 2016.
Brothers served as a management and social policy professor for over a decade at NYU and Rutgers and served as a visiting fellow at the Hauser Center at Harvard. He is currently serving as an honorary professor of practice at Queen University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and works with the China Global Philanthropy Institute in Beijing.
Brothers has been a writer with the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Huffington Post and is an author of several books. He has been interviewed, referenced, or quoted in dozens of local, national, and international media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, ABC News, and the Wall Street Journal. Brothers has spoken to thousands on nonprofit and philanthropic effectiveness.
Brothers, who grew up in deep poverty, began his work in the local community, serving as a community organizer and family case manager in urban neighborhoods in the Midwest, then moved to leadership positions, including CEO, with local and national organizations on the East Coast. Brothers is proud that this work leaves a legacy of innovative efforts that every day continue to serve a wide network of children and families. These efforts include emergency services for homeless women and children in Northern Virginia, after-school programs for children in the housing projects in South Brooklyn, and transitional housing options for immigrant families in Boston who are suffering from domestic violence.
Laurie Miller Brotman, PhD, is the Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Early Childhood Development and professor of population health and child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and director of the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development. Dr. Brotman is a clinical developmental psychologist whose scholarship focuses on culturally responsive family engagement, social emotional learning, and scaling programs to reduce racial and income disparities. Dr. Brotman is the founding director of ParentCorps, a family-centered enhancement to pre-K programs serving racially and culturally diverse families in historically disinvested neighborhoods.
Daniel J. Cardinali is the former president and CEO of Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good.
Before joining IS in 2016, Dan served on the IS Board of Directors and several IS member committees. He also led IS member, Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, for twelve years after working in other positions at the organization.
As a thought leader in the field of public education, Dan was credited with fostering the growing national trend toward community involvement in schools through partnerships with parents, businesses, policymakers, and local nonprofit groups. As the president and CEO of IS, he believes strongly in the power of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to work collaboratively to improve life and the environment for individuals and communities around the world. Dan is known for his commitment to performance management to drive evidence-based programs and high-impact organizations.
Early in his career, Dan worked as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico, organizing a squatter community to secure land rights, running water, and public education. He then returned to Washington, DC, for a research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.
Helen I. Chen As founder and principal of HC Consulting LLC, Helen I. Chen has a passion for improving opportunities for youth through education. Her consulting practice focuses on program evaluation, curriculum and teacher professional development, and technical assistance. She provides thought partnership to leaders intent on delivering high-quality, evidence-based programs, at scale, with the goal of reducing gaps in opportunities. She guides organizations in program evaluation, project management, and coaching to improve their direct services and internal capacity for scale and sustainability.
Carrie S. Cihak leads evidence-informed practice and partnerships for the regional government of the twelfth largest county in the United States. Cihak has served as sponsor of the county’s work on equity and social justice and is the architect of several county initiatives, such as Best Starts for Kids. Cihak previously served as chief of policy for the King County Executive Office, senior policy staff for the King County Council, and as staff economist on President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. Cihak is a research affiliate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, local government fellow at Results for America, and board member for the Society for Causal Inference.
Sara H. Cody has worked in governmental public health for over twentyfive years. She is currently the health officer and public health director in Santa Clara County, the community where she grew up. Dr. Cody is a graduate of Stanford University, Yale University School of Medicine, and Stanford Internal Medicine Residency program. She is best known for her response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including leading a regional group of health officers to implement the first shelter-in-place order in the country. Her early and decisive action is estimated to have saved thousands of lives and was informed in part by trusted academic partners.
Kevin Corinth is the staff director of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Previously, he was the executive director of the Comprehensive Income Dataset Project at the University of Chicago, chief economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, and a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on poverty, income measurement, tax policy, housing, and homelessness. He obtained a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, and a BA in economics and political science from Boston College.
Tracy E. Costigan serves as senior director in the Executive Vice President’s office at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this role, Costigan partners with foundation leadership to implement strategies that promote fair and just opportunities for health and well-being in the United States by addressing the intersection of structural racism, other forms of discrimination, and social conditions that impact health. Previous roles include leading large-scale complex research and evaluation at the American Institutes for Research and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Costigan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University and a BA in biology-psychology from Tufts University.
Spring Dawson-McClure, PhD, is a ParentCorps manager, overseeing the research strategy as the program scales nationally. As a white scientistpractitioner, with opportunities for deep learning from families, educators, and colleagues in the context of school-based randomized controlled trials for nearly two decades, Dr. Dawson-McClure brings a strong commitment to advancing health and education equity and deepening her practice of antiracist and community-engaged research.
Natasha Dravid serves as senior director for care management and redesign initiatives at the Camden Coalition and has been with the organization since 2013. She oversees a portfolio of interventions designed to improve care for patients who face the systemic barriers of racism, poverty, and limited access to care. Her current projects cover maternal health, behavioral health, vaccine promotion, and cancer screening and are anchored in an acknowledgment of the social determinants of health. She also oversees the organization’s care management programs, including the high-touch Camden Core Model, Housing First, and Horizon Neighbors in Health programs. Natasha was instrumental in setting up the coalition’s Medicaid Accountable Care Organization demonstration project, including activating a real-time data infrastructure for patient triage, launching a citywide quality improvement plan rooted in the primary care system, and developing and overseeing contracts with managed care organizations to improve healthcare delivery for Medicaid patients. Natasha continues to build on the lessons learned from clinical redesign projects to integrate successful strategies into the wider healthcare delivery system through the recently established Regional Health Hub structure in New Jersey. She also oversees the user-facing operations of the Camden Coalition Health Information Exchange, which drives regional workflow enhancements in clinical delivery. Natasha is passionate about working alongside care teams to activate real-time data in service of healthcare innovation. Natasha holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in English from Haverford College.
Brad Dudding has served as chief impact officer at the Bail Project (TBP) since 2019. His work is focused on scaling TBP’s impact nationwide, leveling up program quality and performance, and championing the organization’s learning and research agenda. Prior to joining TBP, he worked for two decades at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a nonprofit committed to enriching the lives of returning citizens through employment. At CEO, Brad held several senior positions focused on building capacity to scale and delivering desired results.
Dylan Edwards has worked in the development sector for over a decade, including on projects in public health, community safety, youth empowerment, and affordable housing. Dylan joined AMP Health as a management partner and was embedded in the community health team at the Zambia Ministry of Health for two years before taking up his current position as deputy director, business development and communications.
Diana Epstein is the evidence team lead at the Office of Management and Budget. She was previously a research and evaluation manager at the Corporation for National and Community Service and a program evaluator and policy analyst at Abt Associates, the American Institutes for Research, and the RAND Corporation. She has a PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an MPP from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in applied math-biology from Brown University.
Katy Brodsky Falco served as executive director of Crime Lab New York, a criminal justice research organization that partners with civic leaders to identify, test, and scale programs and policies with the greatest potential to improve lives. She also served as executive director of assessments and reentry services at the New York City Department of Correction, where she designed the city’s first performance-based reentry services contract targeting inmates at highest risk of recidivism, and piloted the use of evidence-based assessment tools. She also worked as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society. Falco received a JD from NYU Law School and a BA from Harvard University.
David Fein As a principal associate at Abt Associates, David Fein has over three decades of experience leading rigorous evaluations of innovative programs aiming to improve the well-being of low-income adults and their families. These studies span multiple antipoverty initiatives sponsored by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, ranging from welfare reforms to healthy marriage initiatives to career pathway approaches. Trained as a demographer, he brings a strong multidisciplinary orientation to his work. Fein’s recent work has focused on workforce training. He codeveloped the first randomized controlled trial evaluation of career pathway strategies— the nine-site, sixteen-year ACF-sponsored Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project. As an outgrowth of PACE, Fein has partnered with Year Up to build evidence on multiple program generations on this exemplary program for low-income youth. This partnership has generated a rich array of findings—ranging from the “improve” to the “prove” ends of the evaluation spectrum—as well as examples of best practices in researcher-practitioner collaboration. Current topics of interest include disparities in program effectiveness for participants with varying characteristics; the role of skills and employer connections in producing program impacts; and how the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the design, delivery, and effects of workforce training. Fein’s longstanding interest in challenging measurement problems extends from his dissertation research on census undercount to a recent paper applying sequence analysis (a data-mining technique originating in DNA analysis) to discern the impacts of workforce training on whole career pathways.
Kelly Fitzsimmons is a committed social innovator. Before founding Project Evident in 2017, Kelly served as vice president / chief program and strategy officer at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF), where she led policy innovation, evaluation, grantmaking, and the early capital aggregation pilot. Prior to EMCF, she cofounded Leadwell Partners and New Profit Inc., held senior leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, and served on several foundation and social sector boards and advisory committees. Kelly currently serves as a Leap of Reason ambassador and is a member of Results for America’s Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence Advisory Committee. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Fitzsimmons holds an MBA from Boston University.
Gary Glickman is an entrepreneurial, global senior executive with over thirty years of providing leadership in both the public and the private sectors. Gary has worked at the highest levels of the federal government, including the Executive Office of the President and later as a senior policy advisor for the Department of the Treasury. He was the coordinator of the Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation, which was charged with bringing together a diverse group of state, local, not-for-profit, and philanthropic stakeholders to seek and test innovative approaches to improve efficiency and integrity in social service programs.
Gary founded and led as president and CEO a pair of successful consulting firms with expertise in helping state and local governments in the integration of delivery services across banking, electronic commerce, and manufacturing. He has served as president and CEO of a U.S. subsidiary of a German manufacturing company and as president and chief marketing officer of an NHSE listed enterprise that focused on assisting government agencies in driving customer service and enhancing citizen relationships.
Gary is a sought-after speaker and recognized thought leader. He has written and spoken extensively on social impact bonds, electronic benefits (which totally revolutionized how food stamps were delivered and monitored), cybersecurity, access to health care, and identity management. He has a BA in American studies and sociology from Brandeis and an MBA in finance and economics from the Stern School of Business, NYU. Gary donates his time and expertise to various professional and not-for-profit boards. He resides in the greater Washington, DC, area.
Makeda Mays Green is senior vice president, digital and cultural consumer insights at Nickelodeon. In her role, she evaluates the most effective ways to reach diverse target audiences through innovative research methodologies across Nickelodeon’s platforms. Green is also a proud advisory board member of Raising Good Gamers, an initiative developed to create positive change in the culture and climate of online video gaming for youth, and of Determined to Educate, a nonprofit designed to support underserved youth through mentoring programs. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA and EdM in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and resides in Stamford, Connecticut, with her husband and three children.
Shanika Gunaratna, MPP, is a ParentCorps manager, overseeing external engagement and strategic partnerships as ParentCorps works to scale to early childhood education settings nationwide. She brings more than a decade of experience in media, policy, and early childhood research and innovation to this role. Gunaratna lives in Brooklyn.
Ron Haskins is a senior fellow emeritus in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution, where he was formerly codirector of the Center on Children and Families. He is formerly a senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and was the president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 2016. Haskins previously cochaired the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission appointed by Speaker Paul Ryan. He is the coauthor of Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy (2015) and the author of Work over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (2006). Beginning in 1986, he spent fourteen years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee and was subsequently appointed as senior advisor to President Bush for welfare policy. Haskins currently sits on the boards of MDRC, UNC Chapel Hill School of Education Foundation, and Power to Decide (formerly the National Campaign), as well as the Smith Richardson Foundation grants advisory board.
Audrey Hendricks As the senior program manager for data-driven workflows, Audrey Hendricks manages the development of workflow, documentation, and reporting tools in the Health Information Exchange for various population health programs within the Clinical Redesign Initiatives team. She also manages a portfolio of maternal healthcare delivery initiatives and oversees the data-driven patient identification process (triage) for Camden Coalition programs. Since joining the Camden Coalition in 2012, Audrey has served in various roles performing patient outreach for the Camden Core model, developing and implementing patient-centered care delivery initiatives in partnership with local providers, and coordinating technical assistance. She is passionate about empowerment-based engagement strategies and holds a BA in anthropology from Haverford College.
Daniel E. Ho is the William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law, professor of political science, and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. He serves as associate director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, faculty fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and director of the Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab. He received his JD from Yale Law School and PhD from Harvard University and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.
Betina Jean-Louis, PhD, is principal consultant at Arc of Evidence, an evaluation company with expertise along the full evidence spectrum. Arc of Evidence works with social change agents to use data in strategic ways and to create, research, and continuously improve interventions that promote equity and social justice. Jean-Louis currently serves as senior advisor for equity and evidence at Project Evident; previously, she created and led Harlem Children’s Zone’s evaluation department for eighteen years. Jean-Louis has partnered with practitioners and funders to support the pursuit of equitable outcomes. A first-generation immigrant and college student, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia and Yale.
Michele Jolin is the CEO and cofounder of Results for America. Michele has held several leadership roles in the White House, including as a senior advisor for social innovation under President Obama (where she designed and launched the first social innovation fund), and as chief of staff for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers for CEA chairs Janet Yellen and Joseph Stiglitz. Michele was also part of the presidential transition teams for Obama/Biden and Biden/Harris. In 2007, Michele led the Presidential Transition Project at the Center for American Progress and coedited the book Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President. Earlier in her career, Michele was a senior vice president at Ashoka, a global foundation that invests in social entrepreneurs in more than fifty countries around the world, and worked for Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.
Archie Jones has spent more than twenty years leading and maximizing the impact of high-growth, innovative enterprises in the private and social sectors. Jones currently serves as the chief financial officer of NOW Corporation. In the social sector, Jones has served as a partner at New Profit and a board member of Year Up National. He currently serves as a board member of the Taly Foundation, the Mickey Leland Kibbutzim Foundation, and First Choice Credit Union and is also a founding board member and vice chairman of Year Up Greater Atlanta. Over the past two decades, Jones has led private equity, privately held, and publicly traded companies and has served on the board of directors of several corporate and nonprofit organizations. Jones is a certified public accountant. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and is a graduate of Morehouse College.
Heather King is an expert in structuring evidence to unlock its potential for data-driven decision making in the social impact sector. She has done this work in a variety of sectors, including education, financial health, social capital, youth development, food security, housing, obesity prevention, and more. She holds a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago.
Chris Kingsley works to create stronger and better-integrated public data systems as a resource for those working to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. Prior to joining the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s evidence team, he led the Data Quality Campaign’s local policy advocacy and consulted on matters related to data privacy, ethical use of predictive analytics, and collective impact. Chris served as the principal associate for data initiatives with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, and he has authored reports on performance management, municipal social media strategies, citywide information systems design, and economic development. As a Watson fellow, Chris studied telecommunications policy and development in Africa, India, and China. He is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian Komar is an impact institution builder whose career includes executive leadership roles at Salesforce, the Center for American Progress, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Brian’s experience spans the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, and his areas of expertise include impact/ESG/sustainability, marketing, external affairs, and coalition building. He currently serves as vice president, global impact management at Salesforce, where he helps bring the full force of Salesforce to help its customers realize their potential to be platforms for positive social and environmental change.
Heather Krause, PStat, remains unconvinced. As a mathematical statistician with decades of global experience working on complex data problems and producing real-world knowledge, she has developed the Data Equity Framework to address equity issues in data products and research projects. We All Count, a project for equity in data, is working with teams across the globe to align their work with their equity goals in their data products, from funding to data collection to statistical analysis and data visualization. Her emphasis is on combining strong statistical analysis with clear and meaningful communication.
Erin Lashua-Shriftman, MA, is a ParentCorps manager, overseeing a team dedicated to ParentCorps programmatic data collection and management. With more than fifteen years’ experience coordinating and managing longitudinal research and programmatic data, LashuaShriftman is a champion of continuous improvement and innovation of data collection and utilization, and interrogating data practices to bring them into alignment with the organization’s value for racial equity. Lashua-Shriftman lives outside NYC with her family.
Michael H. Levine has a track record of driving early childhood and education reform transformation at public and private companies, foundations, and government agencies. He has more than twenty years of experience researching educational, developmental, and socioeconomic implications of the emerging media and learning landscape to inform policy, fuel innovation, promote educational equity, and influence professional practice. He is an author of more than forty publications and policy briefs, including Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, and a board member for nonprofit and double bottom-line social venture organizations. He was named one of the United States’ most influential leaders in family policy by Working Mother magazine.
Matt Levy As VP of evaluation and learning, Matt Levy is responsible for the measurement and evaluation of programs and new interventions implemented by First Place for Youth in California and with national partners in support of transition-age foster youth (ages eighteen to twenty-four). He also oversees and implements the organization’s data systems from AWS to Power BI, creating state-of-the-art dashboards, ensuring automated ETL processes function, and driving the implementation and sale of a new proprietary and predictive analytics tool: the Youth Roadmap Tool. He also plays a key role in steering the organization’s innovation agenda, leveraging test + learn techniques to pilot interventions, surface learnings, evaluate success, and when successful, support scaling. He is expert in data visualization, scripting in R and SQL, and leveraging humancentered design to cocreate dashboards with users to ensure data drives action. Increasingly, he is leveraging an equity and participatory lens in his work, supporting the organization’s transition to become an antiracist organization.
Christopher Lowenkamp received his PhD in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. He has developed numerous assessments for use in the criminal justice system. Lowenkamp’s research focuses on bridging the gap between research and practice.
Rhett Mabry is president of the Duke Endowment, a Charlotte-based private philanthropic foundation. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, he joined the endowment in 1992 as associate director of health care. He became director of the Child Care program area in 1998 and was named vice president of the endowment in 2009. He became president on July 1, 2016. Mabry holds a master of health administration from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill. Before joining the endowment, he held managerial positions at Ernst & Young and HCA West Paces Ferry Hospital. Mabry has served on the North Carolina governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is a past board chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. He also serves on the board of Candid, a national organization that compiles and evaluates philanthropic data.
James Manzi is a cofounder and managing partner of Foundry.ai, an artificial intelligence technology studio. He was founder, CEO, and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies, which became the world’s largest cloud-based AI software company. Jim is the author of several software patents, as well as the 2012 book Uncontrolled. He received a BS in mathematics from MIT.
Zachary Markovits is the vice president and local practice lead at Results for America, where he is focused on helping all local governments use data and evidence to make real and more equitable change in the lives of residents. Before joining Results for America, he worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he led Pew’s elections performance portfolio, as well as the Voting Information Project. Previously, he worked at the University of California’s Survey Research Center and served as a community organizer on the south side of Providence, Rhode Island.
Ryan Martin is the deputy director of the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices, where he assists in the center’s work to help states develop effective solutions to public policy challenges. Prior to joining NGA, Ryan spent ten years working with members of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and U.S. Senate Finance Committee to develop and advance legislation to reduce poverty, protect children, improve maternal and child health, and ensure social programs achieve results. Prior to working for Congress, Ryan was the executive officer for the Office of Family Assistance, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mary Marx is the president and CEO of the Pace Center for Girls and over the past decade has led the organization through an extensive period of growth. Since its founding in 1985, Pace has positively impacted the lives of more than 40,000 girls, and its advocacy work over the past decade has contributed to a more than 60 percent decrease in the number of girls referred to Florida’s juvenile justice system. In 2019, Pace embarked on a national expansion strategy using a community participatory action model grounded in the needs, issues, and strategies of communities to achieve social change.
Rebecca A. Maynard is University Chair Professor of Education and Social Policy Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania. She is an expert in randomized controlled trials and rapid-cycle evaluation. Her research focuses on population groups from infants and toddlers to unor underemployed adults. It addresses a range of policies and practices including childcare access and quality, teen pregnancy prevention, K-12 school reform, career and technical education, and social welfare policies. She is an advocate of open science and of strategic application of multiple methods of research in service of better and more equitable outcomes for all.
Michael McAfee is the president and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute focused on advancing racial and economic equity: just and fair inclusion for everyone living in America. He brings over twenty years of experience as a leader who has partnered with organizations across the public, philanthropic, and private sectors to realize this vision. Before joining PolicyLink, Michael served as senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He earned his doctorate of education in human and organizational learning from George Washington University and completed Harvard University’s Executive Program in Public Management.
Christine McBride has eight years of experience consulting and building partnerships with health information exchanges (HIEs) and state agencies to share and activate data. Her work has focused on strategic planning to enhance HIEs’ functionality, develop service offerings for participants, and collaborate with stakeholders and community partners. Her experience working closely with medical and social service providers has shown the value of using data to improve patient outcomes and patients’ experiences navigating the healthcare system.
Raymond McGhee Jr. joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2020, bringing his expertise—in research and evaluation studies, policy analysis, and program design—to the foundation’s ResearchEvaluation-Learning team. At RWJF, he manages grantmaking to nonprofit organizations and academic research evaluating program investments. A key role McGhee plays is using evidence from the results of funded research and evaluations to support organizational learning that informs foundation investment strategy. McGhee also serves as an equity lead as a part of RWJF’s Equity Leadership Group, collaborating with staff and foundation leaders to promote equity and inclusion within the foundation.
Andy McMahon is an entrepreneurial professional with more than two decades of experience in the fields of affordable housing, health care, human services, and the integration among them. Andy has a proven record of cultivating and executing collaborations across government agencies, philanthropy, healthcare entities, and community partners. Andy has strong and diverse government relations experience in affordable housing, health care, and criminal justice sectors and has a time-tested commitment and successful track record integrating public systems and private partners to better serve individuals and families with complex health needs.
Andrew Means is a serial social entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to helping all organizations measure, manage, and report their impact.
Tatewin Means is Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, Oglala Lakota, and Inhanktonwan. An advocate for human rights, children, and families, she served as attorney general for the Oglala Sioux Tribe (2012–17) and in 2018 sought the democratic nomination for South Dakota attorney general— the first Indigenous woman to seek the office of state attorney general in the United States. She holds a BS in environmental engineering, an MA in Lakota leadership, and a JD with a concentration in human rights law. Tatewin is the executive director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, an Indigenous organization seeking liberation for Lakota people through language, lifeways, and spirituality.
Bruce D. Meyer has been the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy since 2004. He is also a research associate at the NBER and a nonresident senior fellow at AEI. He has published on poverty, inequality, tax policy, survey accuracy, and government safety net programs in the major economics journals. Meyer received his BA and MA in economics from Northwestern University and his PhD in economics from MIT in 1987. Meyer served on the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and cochaired the Federal Interagency Technical Working Group Exploring Alternative Measures of Poverty.
Kevin Miklasz is the senior director, learning analytics and insights at Noggin, where he leads efforts in learning analytics and data-driven assessments. Kevin has worked in the fields of game design and education for over ten years, gaining a variety of diverse experiences, from designing science curriculum and games, to teaching after-school science programs and game design jams, to conducting data analyses to improve EdTech products. Kevin is also the author of the book Intrinsic Rewards in Games and Learning. Kevin has a BA in physics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in biology from Stanford University.
Katie Smith Milway is founder and principal of MilwayPLUS social impact advisors, which works with clients as partners, focusing on philanthropic research, content development, influence strategies, and nonprofit innovation and growth. With a professional background in journalism, nonprofit management, strategy consulting, and governance, she is a frequent speaker at convenings on research-related themes.
Katie is also adjunct faculty at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University, and a senior advisor at the Bridgespan Group, where for a decade she served as head of the knowledge practice. Prior to Bridgespan, she spent fourteen years at Bain & Company, consulting to global clients and becoming the firm’s founding editorial director and publisher. She began her journalism career at the Wall Street Journal, and nonprofit service at Food for the Hungry.
Jordan Morrisey has worked with AMP Health for five years and for the past three years has served as AMP’s deputy director for global operations. Prior to AMP, Jordan served as a community health and HIV/AIDS prevention volunteer, embedded with the Namibia Ministry of Health with the U.S. Peace Corps. He has experience in human capital development, grassroots mobilization, and supporting communities to reduce poverty and increase opportunity and access to health care. Jordan holds an MS in development management from American University’s School of International Service and a BA in international affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Neal Myrick is the vice president of transformative philanthropy at Salesforce. He leads philanthropy innovation to help the company’s philanthropic efforts meet today’s most complex challenges. Before Salesforce, Neal was the founding head of Tableau Foundation, leading efforts to donate more than $100 million globally over eight years. Neal is a former global IT leader at pioneering software companies and was a climatefocused nonprofit executive director. Neal is a clean-tech angel investor and philanthropist. He is also on several international advisory committees focused on global health and development, innovation, and the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
Dallas M. Nelson Ašʼápi (Dallas M. Nelson) was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and is a citizen of the Oglála Lakȟóta Nation. Dallas is the director of the Lakota Language and Education Initiative at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and American Indian studies at Black Hills State University and his master’s degree in Lakota leadership and management at Oglala Lakota College. Dallas is a longtime advocate for Indigenous education, Lakota language reclamation and revitalization, social change, and social justice for all Indigenous children and families.
Dusty Lee Nelson Wi Pxehin Ji Win / Dusty L. Nelson was born and raised in the Red Cloud community of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She is a graduate of Oglala Lakota College and Montessori Center of Minnesota and is also an Oglala mother of 3 children. Dusty has spent her professional career devoting her efforts towards educating all ages of youth in various types of language and cultural programs, schools, and youth camps. In 2021 Dusty founded a home-based Montessori immersion Program called Lakota Children’s House. In her free time she mentors young women and participates in community organizing focused on social justice and liberation.
Robert Newman is a pediatrician with thirty years of experience in global health and development. He is currently executive director of AMP Health, working with African governments to develop visionary and effective public sector teams. Previously, Dr. Newman held roles as Cambodia country director for U.S. CDC; managing director for policy and performance at Gavi; director of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organization, CDC team lead for the President’s Malaria Initiative; and Mozambique country coordinator for Health Alliance International.
Kathleen Noonan is president and CEO of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a multidisciplinary nonprofit in Camden, New Jersey, established in 2002 as a citywide alliance of health and social services organizations, as well as community representatives with the goal of delivering better care to individuals with complex health and social needs. In 2008, Kathleen cofounded PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to connect clinical research with real-world health policy priorities and solutions. She received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Amy O’Hara is a research professor in the Massive Data Institute and executive director of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center at the McCourt School for Public Policy. She also leads the Administrative Data Research Initiative, improving secure, responsible data access for research and evaluation. O’Hara addresses risks involved with data sharing by connecting practices across the social, health, computer, and data sciences. Her research focuses on population measurement, data quality, and record linkage. O’Hara has published on topics including the measurement of income, longitudinal linkages to measure economic mobility, and the data infrastructure necessary to support government research.
Veronica Olazabal is chief impact and evaluation officer at the BHP Foundation, president of the American Evaluation Association, and a teacher at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Her professional background ranges about twenty years and six continents and includes designing, implementing, and leading global programs, research, and evaluation for the Rockefeller and MasterCard Foundations. Veronica has served on various funding and advisory boards including, most recently, the World Benchmarking Alliance and the World Bank’s Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results. She is the recipient of several industry awards and has published in the American Journal of Evaluation, Evaluation, and the Stanford Social Innovations Review. Olazabal holds a BA in communications and a master’s degree in urban policy and planning from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
David Olds is professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, where he codirects the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health. He has conducted randomized trials of Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), the only prenatal/early childhood program to meet evidence-based programs’ “Top Tier” of evidence. NFP is identified as having the strongest evidence in the world that it prevents child maltreatment. Today, NFP serves over 50,000 families in the United States and 18,000 per year in seven other countries. David has received numerous awards, including the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and the Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
Nisha G. Patel has more than two decades of cross-sector experience leading and implementing initiatives to create community-centered economic opportunity. Previously, she served as executive director of the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Family Assistance, and deputy director and part of the founding team of Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Nisha has designed and launched multiple place-based philanthropic initiatives, including as a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and director of programs at Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She resides in DC, the future fifty-first state.
Marika Pfefferkorn As an interdisciplinary and cross-sector thought leader and community advocate, Marika Pfefferkorn is a change agent working to transform systems and scale successes across educational ecosystems, focusing on emerging technologies. Pfefferkorn works along the continuum from community to theory to practice, integrating collective cultural wisdom and applying a restorative lens to upend carceral conditions in education and to reimagine education through a liberatory lens. She has successfully co-led campaigns to end discriminatory suspension practices in Minnesota schools, to remove the presence of police in Twin Cities schools, and to increase investment in Indigenous restorative practices in education and community settings.
Jane Reisman bridges the worlds of impact management and the evaluation profession. As founder of the evaluation firm ORS Impact, which she led for over twenty-five years, Jane engaged in new frontiers to scale impact. Her current work as social impact advisor focuses on field-building and design efforts that strengthen impact measurement and management practices for impact investing. She is active in networks and boards that seek convergence of evaluation, impact measurement and management, and ESG practices and writes and presents regularly about developments and best practices.
Jason Saul is a leader in the field of social impact measurement. He is cofounder of the Impact Genome Project, a publicly funded initiative to standardize social impact data.
Brian Scholl is an economist, practitioner, and thought leader in evaluation, evidence systems, institutional design, organizational capacity, and public policy. Scholl previously served as chief economist of the United States Senate Budget Committee, where he managed the committee’s Economics Unit, advised members, promoted evidence practice and use in the federal government, and worked tirelessly to integrate deep research and insights into public policy design. He helped to develop a broad range of economic policies to aid recovery from the Great Recession with particular attention to issues in labor, macroeconomic policy, household finance, international finance, and financial markets. He has previously worked in U.S. policymaking institutions in foreign affairs, financial regulation, and economic policy. He has been awarded the Federal Evaluation Innovator Award by the Evaluation Officer Council for his work designing compact and cost-effective rapid-cycle evidence initiatives.
Since founding the boutique consulting firm Global Innometrics in 2001, Scholl has worked with hundreds of clients as a direct provider of evaluation, evidence, program implementation, and organizational development services, as well as in policy design and evaluation. He has worked with an extremely diverse range of global organizations from direct service provider civic organizations and firms, to business and civic associations, to financial institutions, to local and national governments, developing a unique perspective of all aspects of the evidence value chain in varied cultural and institutional contexts.
Scholl earned his PhD in economics and MA in statistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He has conducted extensive research in household finance and behavioral decision making, political economy, development economics, public sector capacity, and macroeconomics and finance. Much of his recent research has focused on government capacity to serve the public interest and to use evidence for effective policymaking.
Jane Schroeder is the chief policy officer at First Place for Youth, where she leads the organization’s policy advocacy and systems change initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels, advancing policies that remove barriers for foster youth transitioning into independence, and helping to create a policy environment where impact-driven nonprofits can thrive.
Prior to joining First Place in November 2016, Jane worked in government relations for the California Nurses Association / National Nurses United, where she advocated for legislation and regulation to protect patient safety and advance the nursing profession. Jane earned her JD degree from the University of Washington School of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Michael D. Smith is the eighth CEO of AmeriCorps, the federal agency for service and volunteerism formerly known as the Corporation for National and Community Service. Smith was nominated by President Biden in June 2021, confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2021, and officially started in January 2022.
Smith has dedicated his career to social justice and public service in underserved communities like those where he grew up. Most recently, he served as executive director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and director of Youth Opportunity Programs at the Obama Foundation. In these roles, Smith led the foundation’s efforts to reduce barriers and expand opportunity for boys and young men of color, their families, and other underserved youth. Smith was part of the team that designed and launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in the Obama administration and was appointed special assistant to President Obama and senior director of cabinet affairs, managing the initiative and interagency task force at the White House. My Brother’s Keeper led to new federal policy initiatives and grant programs; tens of thousands of new mentors; more than 250 MBK communities in most states, DC, Puerto Rico, and nineteen tribal nations; and more than $1 billion in private sector and philanthropic investments.
Before this, Smith was a political appointee in the Obama administration serving as director of the Social Innovation Fund, a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He reinvigorated the initiative, managed its largest funding competition, introduced its first Pay for Success grant program, and oversaw a portfolio of more than $700 million in public-private investments in support of more than 200 nonprofits. Before this, Smith served as senior vice president of social innovation at the Case Foundation, where he oversaw the foundation’s domestic giving and program strategy and guided numerous global public-private partnerships. Earlier in his career, he helped build national initiatives aimed at bridging the digital divide at the Beaumont Foundation of America and PowerUP, served as a senior staff member at the Family Center Boys & Girls Club, and was an aide to U.S. congressman Richard E. Neal.
Smith is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity and a member of Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Prior to his government service, he served on the board of directors of Results for America, Venture Philanthropy Partners, Public Allies, Idealist.org, and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Marymount University and resides in Springfield, Virginia.
Christopher Spera is president and CEO of Arbor Research Collaborative for Health. Arbor Research conducts studies that lead to improvements in patient care, clinical practices, and health-related public policy in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Prior to his current role, Spera was the division vice president for health and environment at Abt Associates. He also served as the director of research and evaluation at the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), a $1 billion federal agency, and served as a vice president at ICF International. In these roles, he directed groundbreaking studies, program evaluations, and survey research practices. Outside of his work at Arbor Research, he continues to serve as a professor of public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy, where he teaches program evaluation. He has more than twenty peer-reviewed publications and technical published reports and earned a PhD in human development and quantitative methodology from the University of Maryland.
Kathy Stack is a senior fellow at the Tobin Center for Economic Policy and an independent consultant who advises nonprofit organizations, foundations, research organizations, and government officials on strategies to advance cross-program innovation and evidence-based decision making. She spent twenty-seven years at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw federal education, labor, and major human services programs.
Stephanie Straus (she/her) helps governmental and administrative agencies increase their data use for research and evaluation purposes, across education and civil justice. Using the most appropriate and current privacy-enhancing technologies, Straus also advocates for secure data governance models that address the legal and regulatory risks involved with data sharing.
Kiribakka Tendo was born and raised in Uganda. A statistician by training, he began his professional career in investment banking. Passionate about management, he got his MBA in the United States and worked in retail management at Amazon. Keen to build managerial capacity, he joined AMP Health, where he was a management partner at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone for three years. Kiribakka is now the deputy director for country support at AMP Health, overseeing its operations in Africa, and is based in Johannesburg.
Aaron Truchil serves as the senior director of analytics at the Camden Coalition, where he oversees the organization’s applied data and research activities aimed at improving care for individuals with complex health and social needs. Aaron earned an MS in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Wesleyan University.
Nicole Truhe is the senior director of policy, Medicaid at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Nicole leads the development of policy positioning, advocacy, and thought leadership strategies related to traditional and complex Medicaid populations. Previously, Nicole led policy and advocacy efforts on Pay for Success / evidence-based policy, workforce development, and social innovation at a national social innovation advocacy organization. Nicole also worked for over a decade at a national child welfare and children’s mental health nonprofit, where she advocated for policy changes in the child welfare, juvenile justice, children’s mental health, and innovative financing policy areas.
Vivian Tseng is president and CEO of the Foundation for Child Development. She is recognized for her leadership in building an interdisciplinary field of research on the use of research in policy and practice and expanding research-practice partnerships nationwide. She publishes and speaks internationally on evidence-informed policy and practice. Her abiding commitment to racial equity is reflected in her mentoring of young professionals, board service, academic publications, advocacy work, and development of programs to support researchers of color and nonprofit leaders from racially minoritized and LGBTQ communities. She received her PhD from NYU and her BA from UCLA.
Gregory Tung is an associate professor in the Colorado School of Public Health’s Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy. His research interests relate to how scientific evidence is incorporated into policy and program decision making, with a special emphasis on injury prevention. Dr. Tung works on a diverse range of injury topics, including the prevention of youth violence, suicides, poisonings, and child abuse. His research interests also include the integration of health services and public health systems, with a focus on nonprofit hospital community benefit activities.
Erika Van Buren is the founder and CEO of Line of Sight, a consulting firm that supports leaders, organizations, and systems in strengthening their capacity for improvement and equitable impact. She has served as a seasoned independent consultant in service to the nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors for over twenty years. During her professional tenure, Dr. Van Buren has cultivated expertise in the areas of evaluation, capacity building, applied research, program and systems change design strategy, evaluation, and performance management for human service delivery systems. She received her doctorate in clinical child psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has dedicated her career to studying and improving community-based services for populations of color within and across mental health, child welfare, justice, and other public systems. Prior to Line of Sight, Dr. Van Buren served as the chief innovation officer for First Place for Youth, an organization based in Oakland, California, and nationally recognized for its focus on learning, data use, evidence generation, and the delivery of results-based care in education and employment services for transition-age foster youth. At First Place, she was responsible for leading the design, utilization, and maintenance of the organization’s performance management systems and structures, and providing leadership and oversight of the organization’s national scaling efforts. She crafted and implemented the internal and external evaluation agenda for the agency, disseminated knowledge that was leveraged for policy advocacy and reform, and worked closely with program and system leadership to identify and roll out best and evidence-supported strategies to improve practice and the child welfare system’s impact on transitionage foster youth. As a thought leader in this space, Dr. Van Buren has been recognized as a Ford Foundation fellow, a LEAP of Reason ambassador, and an Annie E. Casey Foundation Leadership fellow.
Bi Vuong is an experienced education policy professional who is committed to a practical approach to building evidence and improving outcomes and opportunities for students. She is the author of Strategic Budgeting: Using Evidence to Mitigate the “COVID Slide” and Move Toward Improvement” (2020), a contributor to Opportunity and Performance: Equity for Children from Poverty (2021), and one of the leaders featured in Taking Charge of Change (2021), by Paul Shoemaker. Before joining Project Evident, Bi was the director of Proving Ground at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, where she worked with states and districts across the country to implement a continuous improvement framework built on meaningful, measurable outcomes. She also launched the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks, bringing evidence-building capacity to districts in rural New York and Ohio. Prior to Proving Ground, Bi served as the deputy chief financial officer at the School District of Philadelphia; she has also held positions at the Data Quality Campaign and EducationCounsel, LLC. Bi currently serves on the board of the Academic Development Institute. A graduate of Kenyon College, Bi also holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Garrett Warfield and his team oversee all studies designed to test and improve the impact of Year Up programs and strengthen business operations, often in partnership with leading research experts across the country. Before joining Year Up in 2014, Garrett spent over ten years as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, performance manager, and all-around data nerd for government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. He holds a BA in psychology and statistical methods from Boston University, an MSc in criminology with forensic psychology from Middlesex University in England, and a PhD in criminology and justice policy from Northeastern University.
Tara Watford is the chief data officer at the Bail Project. Prior to joining TBP, she was the senior director of research and evaluation at the Youth Policy Institute, where she measured the collective impact of programs designed to empower students and families in high-poverty communities throughout Los Angeles. A passionate advocate for social justice, Tara believes that data—especially when derived from the voices and experiences of those most marginalized—are fundamental building blocks of progress and an essential tool in creating equitable policy and a just society. She received her PhD from UCLA.
Ahmed Whitt leads the Learning + Impact Unit at the Center for Employment Opportunities. For more than ten years, Whitt has led federal, state, and privately funded evaluation projects ranging from public health to criminal justice. His academic research has focused on the influence of neighborhood contextual factors on individual economic, mental health, and behavioral outcomes. He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Carina Wong has spent her career redesigning education and training systems to enable young people from vulnerable communities to reach their full potential. She has worked at the intersection of policy, practice, and philanthropy for over three decades. She holds advanced degrees in education and policy from Stanford and George Washington Universities. She is a trustee at the CA College of the Arts, where she earned an MBA in design strategy. A former Peace Corps volunteer and proud mother of three young children, she is passionate about the arts, food, and cooking.
David Yokum, JD, PhD, is director of the Policy Lab at Brown University and host of the 30,000 Leagues podcast. He was previously the founding director of the Lab @ DC in the DC Mayor’s Office and, before that, a founding member of the White House’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Team and inaugural director of the U.S. Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES). Over one hundred field experiments have now been completed under the Policy Lab, the Lab @ DC, and OES. David’s expertise draws on the cognitive foundations of judgment and decision making and, in particular, how that knowledge and associated methodologies can be extended into applied settings.
Peter York, principal at BCT Partners, is a national social impact measurement and big data analytics leader. He has worked with nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies for over twenty-five years to help them plan, evaluate, and improve their performance. This includes spending the past ten years developing and refining precision analytics, a machine learning approach to rigorously evaluate social programs and produce actionable evidence to front-line practitioners. He has authored numerous research papers and articles for academic and professional journals and, most recently, a case study on the application of precision analytics in the child welfare and mental health sectors.