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Jeffrey Liebman

Director

Jeffrey Liebman 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.

Gloria Gong

Director of Research and Innovation
Gloria Gong Gloria Gong is the Director of Research and Innovation with the Government Performance Lab. Prior to joining the Government Performance Lab, Gloria worked on a variety of state and national governance and legal programs. She served as the lead evaluator for the Connecticut Judicial Branch on its evaluation of its mortgage foreclosure mediation program and worked in the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care on the agency’s early education initiatives. Gloria also worked in China at the Yale China Law Center on rule of law projects in areas ranging from criminal justice to judicial reform. Gloria received her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, where she was a Public Policy Fellow at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies. She holds a BA magna cum laude from Brigham Young University. In addition to acting as the Government Performance Lab’s Director of Research and Innovation, Gloria also manages GPL projects in Baltimore and Maryland, Connecticut, Memphis, and Washington D.C.
 

Rob Koenig

Director of Strategy and Operations

Rob Koenig 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

Program Director

Hanna Azemati 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

Program Director

Danielle CernyDanielle Cerny is a Program Director with the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before joining the Lab, Danielle worked with the Massachusetts Senate, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the National Women’s Law Center. 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 Public Policy from Brown University. In her work at the Lab, Danielle leads a team helping Rhode Island and Massachusetts state agencies use performance data to inform procurement, budget and programmatic decisions, and enable rigorous evaluation of management and policy reforms. Danielle also served as Social Innovation Finance Manager for Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Administration and Finance (ANF); structuring, contracting for, and managing the state’s three Pay for Success (PFS) initiatives.

Ryan Gillette

Program Director

Ryan GilletteRyan 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

Program Director

Tyler JaeckelTyler 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

Program Director

Scott KleimanScott 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

Senior Advisor

james_kvaal.jpgJames 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.

Gregory Wass

Senior Advisor

Gregory Wass 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.

Assistant Directors

 

Sarah Allin

Assistant Director 

Sarah AllinSarah 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

Assistant Director

Mollie FoustMollie 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

Assistant Director

Jen NorthJen 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 Leaders

 

Christina Economy

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.

Jessica Lanney

Project Leader - Chicago

Jessica Lanney headshotJess Lanney is a Project Leader for the Government Performance Lab’s performance improvement work at the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services. Prior to joining the GPL, she managed nonprofit consulting projects 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 Bridgespan’s strategy work for national nonprofit networks and initiative to end the “overhead fiction” in nonprofit funding. She holds a BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and two masters degrees in social policy and urban planning at the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar.

Hillary Preston

Project Leader - Washington

Hillary PrestonHillary 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 Shaw

Project Leader - NYC

hannah.jpgHannah 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

Ashley Zlatinov

Project Leader - San Francisco

Ashley ZlatinovAshley Zlatinov is a Project Leader at the Government Performance Lab, supporting innovative projects across the State in criminal justice, homelessness, and healthcare. As a Fellow at the GPL, Ashley led Alameda County in developing its first Pay for Success project, which aims to reduce recidivism for 150 high cost and high risk offenders. Ashley continues to provide feasibility, project management, and analytic assistance to the County of Alameda, in addition to Napa County and the city of San Francisco. Ashley holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Princeton University. Prior to GPL, Ashley worked as a programmer and researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, where she analyzed state Medicaid data and conducted research for CMS related to dual eligible beneficiaries. Ashley also has entrepreneurship experience in Ghana preventing malaria.

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband Metodi and daughter Penna, particularly outdoors in the California sunshine. Ashley is a community volunteer, leading media literacy/body image programs for teens across the Bay Area, and enjoys cooking, learning Bulgarian, reading, and traveling.

Fellows
 

Maryam Alireza

Fellow - Chicago
maryam.jpgMaryam is a Government Innovation Fellow in Chicago, working with the Department of Family and Support Services on performance improvement . She recently completed her Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School. Before joining her masters Maryam worked as a management consultant focused on the public sector, mainly working on projects in education and labor. She also holds BAs in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
 
 

Carla Argueta

Fellow - Illinois

Carla Argueta headshotCarla 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

Fellow

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. 

Joaquin Carbonell

Fellow

Joaquin Carbonell headshotJoaquin 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.

Robert Fisher

Fellow

robert.jpgRobert 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

Fellow 

JasperJasper 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.

 

Alice Heath

Fellow - Rhode Island
Alice Heath Alice is a Government Innovation Fellow in Rhode Island. She is a graduate of the MPP program at the Kennedy School of Government where she focused on analytic methods, education and child rights, and worked as a teaching fellow for a Game Theory class. She completed a summer internship with the International Rescue Committee, where she conducted the evaluation of their Refugee Youth Summer Academy in New York. Before starting her masters Alice worked as a mathematics teacher in a secondary school for boys in Manchester, UK. She holds a first class BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
 

 

Oscar Hernandez

Fellow
oscar.jpgOscar is an Innovation Fellow based in Chicago. He is working on GPL’s What Works Cities projects in Results-Driven Contracting and Open Contracting Data. Oscar is also providing technical assistance in impact evaluation to the Illinois Department of Corrections. He recently earned an MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he spent a summer working with the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in India. Prior to graduate school, Oscar led the strategic analysis group of Colombia’s Ministry of Defense, using evidence-based approaches to reformulate security strategies from a focus upon illegal armed groups to a more holistic, citizen-centric approach. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.
 

Elena Hoffnagle

Fellow
Elena HoffnagleElena Hoffnagle is a Government Innovation Fellow working with the City of Los Angeles on procurement reform. Elena is a graduate of the MPP program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on social and urban policy. She completed a summer internship with the National Park Service, supporting the strategic planning process for national historic trail systems. Prior to graduate school, Elena spent four years at the National League of Cities providing technical assistance to city governments across the U.S. In that role, she managed Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties, a key part of former First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to reduce childhood obesity. Elena earned a BA in Political Science with Distinction from Yale University.
 

Danielle Kavanagh-Smith 

Fellow 
Danielle Kavanagh-Smith is an Analyst with the Government Performance Lab.  Previously, Danielle was a Program Manager at the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), where she managed a federally funded commercial revitalization grant program for community-based organizations. Prior to SBS, Danielle spent two-and –a-half years working on various small business research projects with the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) and the India China Institute (ICI). Danielle holds a BA in International Political Economy from Fordham University and an MPhil in Economics from The New School for Social Research, where she is currently pursuing her PhD.

 

 

 

Kate Mertz

Fellow

kate_m.jpgKate 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 Moriarty

Fellow

Peggy Moriarty headshotPeggy 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 

Fellow

lindsey.jpgLindsey 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

Fellow

James PaganoJames 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

Fellow

Emily Pramik headshotEmily 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.

Kerry Richards

Fellow

Kerry Richards headshotKerry is an Innovation Fellow with the state of Florida, working with the Department of Children on two projects aimed at improving child welfare in the state. Kerry recently graduated from Harvard Law School, where she worked across all levels of government: including the Boston City Council, the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s office, and in the Senate. Before law school, Kerry worked for a state representative in Massachusetts. Kerry has a BA in Political Science from Villanova University.

 

Jean-Louis Rochet

Fellow
jean-louis.jpgJean-Louis is a Government Innovation Fellow at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Before joining the Government Performance Lab, he earned his Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously Jean-Louis was a project manager and data analyst at Innovations for Learning, an education technology nonprofit. He also taught second grade as a Teach for America corps member in Miami. Jean-Louis graduated from Harvard College with a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree in Social Studies.

 

 

Adam Schaffer

Fellow

Adam SchafferAdam 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

Fellow

Silvie SenaukeSilvie 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.

Glynis Startz

Fellow

glynisstartz_photo.jpgGlynis Startz is a Government Innovation Fellow at the Arizona Department of Child Safety, working on Results Driven Contracting and Active Contract Management. Before joining the Government Performance Lab she worked as a Research Analyst at Innovations for Poverty Action, where she provided data and survey support, and technical training for impact evaluations. Glynis holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kenney School, where she studied operations management and digital government, and a BA in Economics and History from Williams College. 

 

Megan Toohey

Fellow

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

Fellow

DaniellaDaniella 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.