Jeffrey Liebman is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches courses in social policy, public sector economics, and American economic policy. In his research, he studies tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, and income inequality. During the first two years of the Obama Administration, Liebman served at OMB, first as Executive Associate Director and Chief Economist and then as Acting Deputy Director. From 1998 to 1999, Liebman served as Special Assistant to the President for economic policy and coordinated the Clinton Administration’s Social Security reform technical working group. For the past five years, his Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab has been providing pro bono technical assistance to state and local governments interested in improving the results they achieve for their citizens.
Director of Research and Innovation
Director of Strategy and Operations
Rob Koenig is the Director of Strategy and Operations with the Government Performance Lab. Previously, Rob was a Consultant in the Boston office of Bain & Company, where he worked with clients in the education, industrial goods, private equity, and retail sectors. Before Bain, Rob worked as a Special Advisor in Massachusetts’ Executive Office for Administration & Finance through a Harvard Business School Commonwealth of Massachusetts fellowship. Prior to business school, Rob spent four-and-a-half years helping governments on climate change and health financing with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Rob holds an AB in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Harvard College and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Program Directors and Senior Advisors
Hanna Azemati is a Program Director with the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is leading the Government Performance Lab’s work on the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative. Hanna has also been supporting New York State’s Social Impact Bond initiatives, first as a Government Innovation Fellow and then as the Director of Social Innovation Financing for New York State. Previously, Hanna was a Financial Analyst at Citigroup in New York and a Fellow for Kiva in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Hanna earned a BA in Economics with a minor in Government from Dartmouth College as well as an MA in International Relations from Yale University.
Danielle Cerny is a Program Director with the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. In her work at the Lab, Danielle leads teams helping Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Chicago to use performance data to inform procurement, budget, and programmatic decisions, and enable rigorous evaluation of management and policy reforms. Before joining the Lab, Danielle worked with the Massachusetts Senate, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Women’s Law Center, and – as a Rappaport Fellow – the Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Administration and Finance (ANF), where she designed the first state-level Pay for Success (PFS) RFP in the country. Danielle later served as Social Innovation Finance Manager for ANF; structuring, contracting for, and managing the state’s three PFS initiatives. Danielle holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, a J.D. from Georgetown Law, and a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Brown University.
Ryan Gillette is a Program Director with the Government Performance Lab. During his tenure with GPL, Ryan has supported the development and launch of Pay for Success/Social Impact Bond initiatives in Massachusetts, Chicago, and Connecticut on issues ranging from reducing recidivism to increasing access to high quality pre-school. He now leads GPL’s efforts in California to expand performance contracting across the state, and oversees additional projects in Arkansas, Dallas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining GPL, Ryan worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research on the final evaluation of HUD’s Moving to Opportunity voucher study and with ideas42, a Harvard University behavioral economics think tank. He holds a BA in Economics and Russian from Middlebury College and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Tyler Jaeckel is a Program Director with GPL, leading a team working on projects across the country. As a Fellow with the GPL, Tyler worked to launch Denver’s Pay for Success Initiative, which aims to house at least 250 formerly homeless individuals who were high users of safety net services. He continues to work with the City of Denver and with GPL fellows working in Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, and Washington. Tyler received a JD from New York University Law School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has worked in various levels of government, including the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the Senate Banking Committee, and the Executive Office of the President. He is originally from Colorado and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University.
Scott Kleiman is a Program Director with the Government Performance Lab at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Scott leads a team helping Rhode Island state agencies implement data-informed management strategies and policy reforms to achieve better results for the communities they serve. He also oversees project work in Florida, South Carolina, and Louisville and was the founding project manager for Illinois’ first Pay for Success/Social Impact Bonds project. At the GPL, he has worked on issues such as reducing recidivism among justice-involved foster youth, preventing child maltreatment among at-risk families, growing employment among individuals receiving cash assistance, and improving access to substance abuse treatment for individuals re-entering from incarceration.
Prior to joining the Government Performance Lab, Scott was a summer associate with Bain & Company, and led strategic projects at Ceres, a national nonprofit organization partnering with institutional investors to strengthen corporate sustainability practices. Scott earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he helped found the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing, and graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Political Science.
James Kvaal is a Senior Advisor with the Government Performance Lab. Most recently, Kvaal was a Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. He served as President Obama’s deputy domestic policy adviser for three years, where he worked on a range of education, poverty, labor, and other domestic policy issues. In 2012, Kvaal was the policy director on President Obama's reelection campaign. Over the course of his career, he also served in the U.S. Department of Education, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Clinton White House. He attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
Greg was formerly senior advisor and chief information officer in the Office of the Governor, State of Illinois, and has served in executive positions for Cook County, Illinois, the City of Chicago and the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
He was the state lead on Illinois’ SIB Lab project to increase support for at-risk youth who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He co-chaired the Illinois Human Services Commission and led the implementation of Budgeting for Results – the state’s performance reporting and budgeting framework.
Greg has been a pioneer nationally in open government, with open data initiatives at Cook County and on a regional level, and led planning and implementation of IT governance, enterprise architecture, health information exchange, state-owned broadband and IT shared services. In 2012, Greg was recognized by Government Technology magazine as one of the nation’s top “doers, dreamers and drivers” in public sector innovation.
He has taught public policy and administration courses as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. Greg holds a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and an M.A. in urban and quantitative economics from the University of Illinois.
Sarah Allin is an Assistant Director with the Government Performance Lab. Prior to joining the team, she worked on advancing the economic security of vulnerable communities in North Carolina, Arkansas and Mississippi. Previously, as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, she focused on strengthening access to higher education, workforce training and public work supports. Sarah earned a BA in Economics and BA in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. Sarah supports GPL’s work on Pay for Success through engagements with Florida, South Carolina, Vermont and Louisville, Kentucky and has experience applying the Pay for Success approach to early childhood and criminal justice projects. She lives with her husband, Tom, and two dogs, Charlie and Tony, in Durham, North Carolina.
Mollie Foust is an Assistant Director at the Government Performance Lab. She primarily assists the State of Illinois on a variety of transformative projects including pay for success, results driven contracting, and performance improvement. She also works with a number of cities through the What Works Cities initiative. Prior to joining the GPL team, Mollie served as a labor economist at the World Bank, where she focused on improving social safety nets and private sector development in East Africa. Before the World Bank, Mollie worked in international operations for optionsXpress by Charles Schwab, and in an earlier life spent time as a Kauffman Entrepreneurial Fellow developing social ventures for youth in the city of Rochester, NY. Mollie holds a BA in Anthropology and History from the University of Rochester and an MPA in Public Policy and Management with Merit from the London School of Economics’ Institute of Public Affairs.
Jen North is a Project Leader at the Government Performance Lab. She has supported projects with the DC Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Saint Paul. Prior to joining the GPL, Jen held positions at The Nielsen Company and the sustainability services firm thinkstep (formerly PE International). Jen holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Political Science from Miami University.
Project Leader - Research
Christina Economy is a Project Leader with the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. During her time with the GPL, Christi has worked with Nevada and Nashville, TN to determine the feasibility of Pay for Success as a tool to support early childhood education. Christi now supports the GPL's research projects, working closely with the Director of Research and Innovation. Prior to joining the GPL, Christi earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, where she concentrated on education policy. While completing her studies, Christi worked with the U.K. Cabinet Office Centre for Social Impact Bonds and the U.K. Department for Education on a project aimed to reduce early years disadvantage through improving school readiness. Previously, Christi has worked with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the U.S. Department of State. Christi also holds a summa cum laude BA in Economics and BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jess Lanney is a Project Leader for the Government Performance Lab. She leads the GPL’s work with the State of New Hampshire to design and implement strategic initiatives to support a broader transformation of the State’s child welfare system. In 2017, she launched the GPL’s multi-year project with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services focused on overhauling the department’s approach to strategic procurement and improving outcomes for homeless shelter contracts. Prior to joining the GPL, she managed nonprofit consulting teams as a Case Team Leader at The Bridgespan Group in Boston. At Bridgespan, Jess worked with a variety of US nonprofits and foundations (including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Gates Foundation, and Ford Foundation) and helped lead the firm’s strategy work for national nonprofit networks and initiative to end the “overhead fiction” in nonprofit funding. She holds an A.B. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and two master's degrees in social policy and urban planning from the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar. Jess is a Concord, NH native.
Hillary is currently working on feasibility for Pay For Success in Washington State, and has helped explore feasibility for housing-related Pay For Success projects in New Mexico and New York. She also works on What Works Cities projects related to procurement policy, most recently leading a cohort of cities—Louisville, Providence, and Kansas City—through developing vendor performance evaluation forms. Prior to working for the GPL, Hillary was in law school, during which she spent a summer in the US Attorney’s Office in Seattle and a summer in the Washington State Governor’s Office, working for the General Counsel. She holds a BA in Art History and East Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Hannah is a Project Leader for the Government Performance Lab’s performance improvement work in New York City. Prior to joining the GPL, she managed evaluations of violence prevention programs at Crime Lab New York. While earning an MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Hannah supported mayoral initiatives to alleviate poverty and reduce youth violence in Philadelphia. Hannah previously worked on federal poverty, budget, and tax policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Senate Finance Committee. She holds a BA in Economics and History from Tufts University
Sean Alexander is a Government Innovation Fellow supporting the work of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families to improve the match between the children and families of Connecticut and the services offered by DCF. Before joining the GPL, Sean attended the University of Reading (MSc in Food Security and Development) and the London School of Economics (MSc in Social Policy). His graduate work primarily focused on the relationship between rural food insecurity and the rural economy in the American South. While in the U.K., Sean worked in the Energy, Environment, and Resource Governance Department at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). An Arkansas native, Sean earned his B.A. in Politics from Hendrix College in Arkansas, where he served on the college’s Strategic Planning Committee, student government, and Faculty Executive Committee. During that time, Sean also worked with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Southern Bancorp Inc. (CDFI) on issues related to rural communities.
Carla is an Innovation Fellow working with the State of Illinois Department of Corrections on parole services. She most recently worked with the Congressional Research Service as an Immigration Policy Analyst and prior to that received her Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. Before attending graduate school, Carla worked as a community organizer and program coordinator with a nonprofit in the suburbs of Chicago focusing on migrant rights. She also earned her BS in Social Policy with a minor in Latina and Latino Studies from Northwestern University.
Elijah de la Campa
Elijah de la Campa is an Innovation Fellow with the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently assisting the City of Boston with the development of a comprehensive street lighting policy, evaluation of road resurfacing contracts, and implementation of a framework to manage and assess capital construction projects. He is also a PhD candidate in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is studying topics related to worker incentives and effectiveness in the public sector. Prior to his graduate studies, Elijah was a research assistant in Princeton University's Department of Economics, and at MDRC in New York, where he coauthored research reports on the impact of performance-based scholarships on low-income community college students. Elijah holds a BAs in Economics and History from Columbia University.
Saskia DeVries is a Government Innovation Fellow assisting Salt Lake County in leading collective impact efforts to redesign homeless service systems. She recently completed dual Masters’ degrees in Public Policy and Information Science at the University of Michigan where she worked with Home Forward in Portland, OR, and the policy office of General Motors in Detroit, MI. Prior to graduate school, Saskia lived in Washington, DC and worked on the U.S. Census Bureau’s international team providing technical assistance to statistical offices in Armenia, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zambia. Saskia holds a B.Sc. in Sociology with honors and B.A. concentration in Applied Math from Brown University.
Joaquin is a Government Innovation Fellow in Baltimore working on projects with U.S. cities through the What Works Cities initiative. Prior to joining the Government Performance Lab, Joaquin was a portfolio manager for the Development Innovation Ventures program at the US Agency for International Development. He led due diligence, procurement, and outcomes monitoring for over $25 million in grants to early-stage NGOs and social enterprises and pioneered results-based contracting strategies, including USAID’s first social impact bond investment and the development of cost-effectiveness benchmarks for USAID programming. Joaquin has also taught kindergarten, K-12 after-school programs, and at the university level. He holds an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley, and BAs in History and International Studies from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Peter Drivas is a Government Innovation Fellow in the state of Rhode Island, where he works on active contract management and performance improvement projects with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, as well as a permanent supportive housing project with the Governor’s Office. He recently completed a Master of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before joining the GPL, he was a project manager at Empire State Development, New York State’s economic development agency, and a policy analyst at the New York City Council. He holds a B.A. in political science from Williams College.
Robert Fisher is assisting Seeding Success, a collective impact organization and Strive Together network partner in Memphis, TN. He is shepherding a variety of projects along the cradle-to-career continuum in conjunction with key leaders in government, philanthropy, non-profit organizations, and communities across the Greater Memphis Area. Before joining the GPL, Robert attended the University of Oxford, where he completed an MPP and a MS in Education. His graduate research specifically focused on the experiences of Black undergraduate women in U.S higher education. Prior to Oxford, Robert earned a BS in Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he served as student body president and as a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Jasper Frank is a Government Innovation Fellow working with the state of Rhode Island. Jasper is a graduate of the MPP program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he completed projects for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and the City of Salem. Jasper previously worked as an investigator for Brooklyn Defender Services and a project director at Delgado Community College, where he managed a Department of Labor TAACCCT grant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University.
Kimberly Howard is a Government Innovation Fellow working with the City of Chicago on improving homeless services. She recently completed her Master of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she worked on projects with the City of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, and the City of Lynn. She also served as a Mayoral Fellow for the City of Chicago. Prior to graduate school, Kimberly worked as a data analyst at KIPP DC, helping the district and schools make data-driven decisions, and at the Brookings Institution, assessing policy related to poverty and economic mobility. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia.
Daniel Humphrey is a Government Innovation Fellow working in Cleveland with the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services to help improve the employment outcomes its workforce services and expand the use of results-based contracting in human services. Dan recently graduated with a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating in urban policy and management. A Cleveland native, Dan worked in various policy roles for the Cuyahoga County Executive and County Prosecutor before graduate school, ranging from regionalizing municipal services, to criminal justice reform, economic development incentives, and transportation funding. He has also served as a Mayoral Fellow in the City of Chicago. Dan holds an A.B. with Honors in History from Princeton University.
Kate is an Innovation Fellow with the state of Rhode Island, working on Pay for Success initiatives and on improving procurement practices. Kate is a graduate of the MPP program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on government innovation, performance evaluation, and procurement. Kate previously worked in social policy research, corporate performance management, and equity trading. She received her BA in Economics and Political Science from Macalester College and hails from Chicago.
Peggy is a Government Innovation Fellow with the State of Colorado, working primarily on performance management and improvement. Peggy recently returned from Vietnam where she served as a Princeton in Asia Fellow focusing on strategic growth and donor relations for a road safety nonprofit. Prior to her time abroad, Peggy worked for two years as an Analyst at Cornerstone Research, an economic and financial consulting firm that provides analysis and expert testimony for commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings. She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.
Lindsey O’Connell is a Government Innovation Fellow working with the state of Rhode Island to improve family home visiting programs and manage the performance of Rhode Island Works. Lindsey recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Policy, focusing on education policy and nonprofit program evaluation. In her thesis she designed a performance measurement system for Horton’s Kids, a community-based nonprofit in DC, and won the Fischer Prize for improving the quality and effectiveness of programs serving the poor and disadvantaged. Lindsey previously worked in the healthcare technology space as a research associate and business analyst, and as the business manager for Courageous Sailing, a youth development nonprofit. Lindsey received her BA in Government from Georgetown University.
James Pagano is a Government Innovation Fellow working with the State of Illinois Department of Corrections on prisoner reentry. He is a graduate of the MPP program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he focused on analytic methods, election reform, and good government. Prior to earning his MPP, James worked as a Program Officer with Democracy International where he helped to manage and support election and good governance programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). James holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Dickinson College.
Emily Pramik is a Government Innovation Fellow assisting the State of Rhode Island with performance improvement in workforce development and healthcare. She is currently helping the state improve outcomes for job seekers and Medicaid recipients through active contract management. Prior to joining the GPL, Emily worked as a research assistant at MDRC, where she provided data analysis and project management support for randomized controlled trials of K-12 education interventions, including wrap-around support services and a whole school reading reform. She recently earned her MPP from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, where she focused on public finance and interned with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Adam Schaffer is a Government Innovation Fellow at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance. At A&F, he is working on implementing results-driven contracting in homelessness services and supporting the state’s Pay for Success initiatives. Before joining the Government Performance Lab, he was a Program Officer at the Washington Office on Latin America, where he worked to promote human rights and criminal justice reform in Latin America. Adam holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Middlebury College.
Silvie Senauke is an Innovation Fellow with the State of Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families. She is currently working on improving the connections between the state’s child welfare and early learning systems. Silvie recently completed her Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she helped lead the Innovation Field Lab, a course that embeds students in five Massachusetts cities to develop holistic and data-driven approaches to city services. Prior to graduate school, Silvie worked in direct service and policy advocacy in the New York City child welfare system. Silvie also holds a BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University.
Andrew Sugrue is a Government Innovation Fellow working with the State of Arizona Department of Child Safety on performance improvement and results-driven contracting. Andrew is a graduate of the MPP program at Harvard Kennedy School, where he focused on social policy, analytic methods, and public management. While at Harvard, Andrew completed an internship with the Nevada Governor’s Office, where he helped implement legislation on workforce development and Pay for Success. Prior to his graduate studies, Andrew worked as a management consultant with public sector agencies. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University.
Megan Toohey is an Innovation Fellow with the Government Performance Lab. She is currently assisting the State of Illinois' performance improvement efforts related to developmental disability services. Megan recently completed her Master of Social Work from Boston College's Social Innovation + Leadership program, during which she worked in nonprofit administration and philanthropy. Prior to attending graduate school, Megan worked as a case manager for high school boys in a Chicago residential facility. Megan also holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
Daniella Urbina is a Government Innovation Fellow working with the Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority. She recently received her MPA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), focusing on Economic and Political Development. During graduate school, Daniella conducted program evaluations to improve performance outcomes for development projects in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. She was the SIPA-elected representative to the Columbia University Senate where she advocated for students facing financial insecurity and mental health concerns.
Previously, Daniella worked on political campaigns beginning with Senator Boxer's reelection in 2010 and President Obama's 2012 campaign. She then worked on Capitol Hill and the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Most recently, Daniella was the Political Opportunity Program Coordinator at EMILY's List where she worked with candidates across the country to elect pro-choice Democratic women into office. Daniella also holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University.