Our Team

Cambridge Staff

 

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.

 

Fellows

 

Sarah Allin

Government Innovation Fellow 

Sarah AllinSarah Allin is a Fellow 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 New York, 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 Vermont.

Hanna Azemati

Assistant Director

Hanna Azemati Hanna Azemati is an Assistant 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.

Audrey Baker

Government Innovation Fellow - Houston, TX
Audrey Baker Audrey is working with the City of Houston to develop its Pay for Success initiative. She recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Policy. During her past two summers, Audrey was an Urban Leaders Fellow in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked on youth workforce development and school budgeting, and an intern at Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Houston. Prior to graduate school, Audrey taught middle school social studies in the town of North, SC, through Teach For America. She also holds a BA from Columbia University in Classics.
 

 

 

Abigail Bliss

Administrative Coordinator

abigail_bliss_photo.jpgAbigail Bliss is the Administrative Coordinator at the Government Performance Lab, where she provides administrative support to Professor Liebman and the GPL staff.  Abigail received her undergraduate degree in French and English from Amherst College in 2015.

 

 

 

 

Danielle Cerny

Assistant Director

Danielle CernyDanielle Cerny is an Assistant 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.

Colby Clabaugh

Government Innovation Fellow - Pennsylvania

Colby ClabaughColby is assisting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with its Pay for Success initiative. Prior to joining the GPL team, Colby was completing his PhD in Politics at Princeton, where he spent five years studying the political effects of natural disasters in comparative perspective and the political economy of developing countries. While at Princeton, he conducted independent and collaborative research in the US, as well as Benin, Rwanda, and Uganda. Before arriving at Princeton, Colby worked for The Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where he helped implement the impact evaluation of a donor-funded microfinance program in Benin and provided support to USAID-sponsored local governance projects in Republic of Georgia and Pakistan. Colby holds a BA in Political Science and International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MA and PhD in Politics from Princeton University.

Elijah de la Campa

Government Innovation 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. 

 

Christina Economy

Government Innovation Fellow

Christina Economy is an Innovation Fellow 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 also 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.

Dan Edelman

Government Innovation Fellow

Dan EdelmanDan Edelman is assisting Arkansas with its criminal justice reform efforts and working on vendor diversity, bicycle share, and workforce development projects as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities initiative. Before joining the GPL, Dan taught high school social studies and coached soccer in Jackson, MS, through the Mississippi Teacher Corps and worked in fundraising and administration at a community-based anti-hunger organization in East Harlem. While earning an MPA from Princeton University, where he won the Somers Award for excellence in domestic policy, Dan interned in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice. He also holds a BA from Amherst College in Sociology and Spanish and a MA from the University of Mississippi in Curriculum and Instruction.

Grace Evans

Government Innovation Fellow - Rhode Island

Grace EvansGrace Evans is a Government Innovation Fellow in the State of Rhode Island. Grace is leading the performance improvement initiatives with the state’s Department of Corrections and assisting with its pay for success efforts. Grace recently earned a Master of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, during which she worked with the City of Detroit to evaluate the impact of tax incentive programs designed to increase homeownership. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Grace helped community-based nonprofits build management capacity and increase their impact in her home city of Pittsburgh. Grace is an alumna of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership’s Public Affairs Fellowship and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. 

Mollie Foust

Government Innovation Fellow - Illinois

Mollie FoustMollie Foust is an Innovation Fellow 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.

Christina Galardi

Government Innovation Fellow 

Christina is assisting with performance improvement projects for Medicaid programs through her employment with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Christina earned a Master of Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in graduate school, she conducted research on health impacts of Vision Zero, a traffic safety policy initiative, for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She also trained state public health professionals to use mapping software for place-based policy change as a project assistant at Counter Tools. Christina completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea after finishing a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina.

 

Ryan Gillette

Assistant Director

Ryan GilletteRyan Gillette is an Assistant 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.

Nolin Greene

Government Innovation Fellow-Denver, CO
 Nolin Greene Nolin Greene is a Government Innovation Fellow based in the City of Denver. Nolin is currently assisting Bernalillo County, NM design procurement practices surrounding the provision of mental and behavioral health services. Nolin previously worked for the State of Massachusetts as a fiscal policy analyst in the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means and as a senior debt analyst at the Massachusetts Treasurer’s Office. Nolin recently completed his Masters in Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he helped design a course on municipal government innovation and completed a summer fellowship in the Chicago Mayor’s Office. Nolin holds a BS in International Business, summa cum laude from Northeastern University.
 

Christina Grover-Roybal

Government Innovation Fellow

Christina Grover-Roybal Chrissie Grover-Roybal is a Government Performance Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab. She previously worked at Mathematica Policy Research where she helped evaluate programs funded by HUD, the Department of Education, and CNCS's Social Innovation Fund. She earned her MPA from the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in urban policy. While in graduate school, Chrissie interned in the Oakland Mayor’s office. Additionally, she was a graduate student consultant for the Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative. She also holds a BA from UCLA in psychology.

Alice Heath

Government Innovation 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.

 

Tyler Jaeckel

Assistant Director

Tyler JaeckelTyler Jaeckel is an Assistant 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.

Danielle Kavanagh-Smith 

Research Analyst 
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.

 

 

 

Scott Kleiman

Assistant Director

Scott Kleiman Scott Kleiman is an Assistant Director with the Government Performance Lab at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Scott leads a team helping Rhode Island state agencies use performance data to inform procurement, budget and programmatic decisions, and enable rigorous evaluation of management and policy reforms. Before moving to Rhode Island in June 2015, Scott was embedded in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget in Illinois as principal manager of the state's first Pay for Success/Social Impact Bonds initiative, which aims to improve outcomes for justice-involved foster youth.

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.

Ruth Levine

Government Innovation Fellow - San Francisco

Ruth LevineRuth is a Government Innovation Fellow with the GPL based in California. Ruth has been working with the City and County of San Francisco, as well as Alameda County. Ruth’s work in San Francisco included a project to improve alignment of workforce development services, and shift contracts towards tracking and paying on outcomes rather than inputs. Ruth also led a project with a public housing redevelopment initiative in San Francisco called HOPE SF, in which she investigated the feasibility of using Pay for Success in a collective impact setting. Before joining the GPL, Ruth was a research fellow at Stanford Law School, and previously worked with the Open Philanthropy Project, and the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s Office. Before law school, she was a Research Assistant in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. She holds a JD and an MA in Economics from Stanford University, as well as a BA with Honors in Economics from Stanford.

Jennifer Looi

Government Innovation Fellow

Jennifer LooiJennifer Looi is a fellow in the Rhode Island team who has been assisting in performance improvement and pay for success work in workforce development, adult education, and corrections. Previously, Jennifer worked in planning and outreach at a community health centre in Toronto, and served as a math resource tutor for inner city students. Jennifer holds a B.Ed. in Secondary Math from McGill University, and an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 
 
 

Sarah Needler

Government Innovation Fellow
Sarah is assisting with performance improvement projects for Medicaid programs through her employment with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Sarah recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Administration in International Development. During her time there she worked with the Harvard Center for International Development to engage the Albanian diaspora in economic growth and development of Southeastern Europe. Previously, she worked on community economic development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. In this role she worked with community-based organizations to strengthen their organizational and business-management capacity and trained community members in income generation, organizational development, and business skills. Sarah also holds an MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, as well as a BA in Mathematics from Ball State University.

 

Greg Norfleet

Government Innovation Fellow - Massachusetts

Greg  Norfleet Greg Norfleet is a Government Innovation Fellow with the State of Massachusetts working on performance improvement activities within the transportation sector. Prior to joining the Lab, he worked for an international development firm providing evaluation and analytic support to USAID’s Bureau of Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). In this role, he assisted offices in the drafting of logic models, performance indicators, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks. He also frequently presented in international fora about the use of evidence in USG funded interventions. Greg holds a Master’s of Science in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford and a BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University.

Jen North

Government Innovation Fellow - DC

Jen NorthJen North is a Government Innovation Fellow 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.

 
 
 

Hillary Preston

Government Innovation Fellow - 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.

Mike Reddy

Government Innovation Fellow - Baltimore

Mike ReddyMike supports the State of Maryland and City of Baltimore with developing innovative financial and active contracting methods related to public safety and wellness. Mike began his career as a gang interventionist at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, going on to receive a Masters of Public Policy and Masters of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he focused on the economics of crime and criminal justice. While in graduate school, he consulted on violence prevention programming in Nairobi and San Salvador and worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and CureViolence/CeaseFire. Most recently, Mike managed local political and public affairs campaigns in Northern California and was a Policy Fellow at the Coalition for Public Safety in Washington, D.C., creating bipartisan support for prison and criminal justice reform.

Annie Rushman

Government Innovation Fellow

Annie Rushman Annie Rushman is an Innovation Fellow working with the State of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the Government Performance Lab, she worked on improving population health outcomes through a variety of public health policy initiatives and research projects. In her past role as a Program Associate at Health Resources in Action, she focused on building the business case for sustainable financing for pediatric asthma home visiting through a Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Annie earned a MSPH in Health Policy and certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Political Science.

Ashali Singham

Government Innovation Fellow - Massachusetts

Ashali Singham Ashali is a Government Innovation Fellow on the Government Performance Lab team in Massachusetts. Previously, Ashali was a Senior Associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and a budget analyst in the Maryland Department of Budget and Management. She has also worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and was a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow at the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Ashali has a BA in Political Science from Yale University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

 


Andrea Taverna

Government Innovation Fellow

taverna_headshot.jpgAndrea Taverna is a Government Innovation Fellow at the Government Performance Lab. She assists the State of Rhode Island with improving outcomes in programs for adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral health services. Prior to joining GPL, Andrea served as Chief of Staff at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, working on strategy, management, and communications. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy, with a focus on poverty and economic opportunity, from the University of Michigan.


Megan Toohey

Government Innovation 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.

 

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.

Ashley Zlatinov

Government Innovation Fellow - San Francisco

Ashley ZlatinovAshley Zlatinov is a Government Innovation Fellow working with cities and counties across California to support the development of Social Impact Bond/Pay for Success projects. Previously, Ashley spent a summer interning at Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc., where she conducted a Pay for Success feasibility study for a New Haven, CT project aimed at improving maternal and child health. Prior to graduate school, Ashley worked at Mathematica Policy Research as a programmer and research assistant, where she analyzed state Medicaid data and conducted research for CMS related dual eligible beneficiaries. Ashley has entrepreneurship experience in Ghana preventing malaria and enjoys volunteering with media literacy/body image programs for teens across San Francisco. Ashley holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she received the excellence award for her thesis examining Pay for Success in elder health care. Ashley is currently working with Alameda County to help them launch the state’s first Pay for Success project to reduce recidivism.