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. 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Project Leader - Chicago
Jess 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.
Project Leader - San Francisco
Ruth is a Project Leader 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.
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 - Washington
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.
Project Leader - NYC
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
Project Leader - San Francisco
Ashley 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.
Fellow - Chicago
Fellow - Illinois
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.
Fellow - New York City
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.
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.
Fellow - Rhode Island
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.
Colin Murphy is a Government Innovation Fellow working with the Florida Department of Children and Families. He graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Policy. While in school, he worked closely with the City of Boston on a project around its adoption of performance management practices. Colin previously worked at The Bridgespan Group, providing strategic consulting to mission-driven organizations. Colin graduated from Brown University with a degree in Classics.
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.
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.
Kerry 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.
Glynis 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 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.
Matt Tyler is a Government Innovation Fellow in Connecticut, working with the Department of Children and Families to develop improved referral and provider engagement systems that better meet family’s needs. Before joining the Government Performance Lab, Matt worked for 10 years including as a management consultant, an economist on Australia’s foreign aid program, and as a policy adviser to the Australian Labor Party. Most recently, at Third Sector Capital Partners, he was responsible for the economic models and transaction structuring of two Social Impact Bonds in Salt Lake County that have since launched: one addressing homelessness and the other recidivism. He holds a MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School, summa cum laude Bachelor in Economics (Hons) from Monash University, and B.A (Psychology) / B.Comm (Finance) from the University of Melbourne.
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.
Peter Willis is a Government Innovation Fellow in Massachusetts, working on performance improvement and pay for success projects. Before joining the Government Performance Lab, Peter worked as a management consultant in Australia and India, especially on projects in the public sector. He also previously worked with the City of Boston Analytics Team, where he used data science and visualization to inform policy development. Peter has a Master of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.