Our Team

Principals

Andrew Wiegand

Andrew Wiegand, Ph.D., M.P.P.

President, CEO, and Principal
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Andrew Wiegand is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Social Policy Research Associates. He previously served as SPR’s Vice President of Research and Business Development. During nearly twenty years of program and evaluation research, he has developed specialized expertise in quantitative analysis, survey methods, impact and outcomes evaluations, and technical assistance designed to improve data collection and accountability. He has led numerous multi-year evaluations of workforce development programs for both disconnected youth and adults. He also has presented papers at several national conferences, including the American Psychological Society and Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Dr. Wiegand received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also received his Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. in Psychology from Beloit College. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking and other exercise and spending time with his wife and two children. Contact Andrew

Traci Endo Inouye

Traci Endo Inouye, M.P.P.

Vice President and Director of the Philanthropy, Equity and Youth Division
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Traci Endo Inouye is a Principal with specialized expertise in foundation grantmaking, multicultural evaluation methods, and the intersection between race and public policy. She has managed and directed a range of projects at SPR, including a number of projects related to youth development and activism, community-led change, and diversity-related grantmaking and evaluation. Previously, Ms. Inouye worked with the San Francisco School District, as well as with the California Department of Health Services, on Capitol Hill as a congressional fellow, and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on immigrant welfare reform issues. Ms. Inouye received her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she concentrated on education and human services and the strategic management of organizations. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Contact Traci

Kate Dunham

Kate Dunham, M.P.P.

Principal and Director of the Workforce Development & Human Services Division
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Kate Dunham is a Principal and Director of SPR’s Workforce Development and Human Services Division. She specializes in qualitative research, program evaluation, and technical assistance and training for workforce development, offender re-entry, and health projects. She has managed a variety of projects and tasks, including an evaluation of technology-based learning, technical assistance to the U.S. Department of Labor on National Emergency Grant reporting, and an evaluation of efforts to combat sex trafficking. Prior to joining SPR, Ms. Dunham served as School-Linked Services Coordinator for Alameda County, worked as a consultant in Hanoi, Vietnam for Oxfam Hong Kong and Action Aid, and was China and Taiwan Programs Director for Volunteers in Asia. She earned her Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on collaboration and social and educational policy. Ms. Dunham received her B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Ms. Dunham is an avid traveler and has traveled around the world from Beijing to Los Angeles by train. Contact Kate

Sukey Leshnick

Sengsouvanh (Sukey) Leshnick, M.A.

Principal and Director of the Education Division
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Sengsouvanh Leshnick is a Senior Associate and the Education Unit Director at SPR. She has 15 years of experience leading evaluations of large-scale initiatives for foundations, non-profits, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. She has served as principal investigator, project director, and senior researcher on studies focused on youth development programs, youth and employment and training initiatives, and education reform. In addition to her research expertise, Ms. Leshnick is an experienced trainer and technical assistance provider for non-profits and government agencies. Prior to joining SPR, Ms. Leshnick taught English-as-a Second Language in Thailand and worked as a case manager for JTPA-funded programs. Ms. Leshnick received a M.A. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. Contact Sukey

Heather Lewis-Charp

Heather Lewis-Charp, M.A.

Principal and Director of the Philanthropy, Equity and Youth Division
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Heather Lewis-Charp has over 17 years of experience designing and leading studies for a variety of clients, including foundations, federal, state, and local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Her research interests include issues related to youth and education, violence prevention, and post-secondary access and success. She is interested in using evaluation to help strengthen individual programs and systems that promote community engagement and that lead to more equitable opportunities and outcomes for young people and families. Whenever possible, she uses a mixed methods approach to evaluation, having led formative, implementation, and outcomes studies focused on individual, organizational, and systems-level change. Ms. Lewis-Charp has authored numerous journal articles and report chapters and served as the lead writer of over 20 major evaluation reports. She received a Master’s in Education Research from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Heather

Ron D'Amico

Ron D’Amico, Ph.D.

Principal
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Dr. D’Amico is a Principal with over 25 years tenure at SPR. He has extensive experience in conducting and leading impact and implementation studies in a variety of contexts. His major areas of research have included the study of school-to-work programs, education initiatives, offender reentry programs, and workforce training programs for adults and youth, dislocated workers, and special populations, including Native Americans and farm workers. He previously served as the firm’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. D’Amico holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University and is the author of numerous articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, Sociological Methods and Research, Sociology of Education, Work and Occupations, and Industrial Relations. He has also presented papers at many national conferences over the years, including at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Society of Criminology, Workforce Innovations, and the American Sociological Association. Prior to joining SPR, Dr. D’Amico was on the faculty at Ohio State University, where he worked at the university’s Center for Human Resources Research participating in the design and analysis of the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experiences, and taught research methods to graduate students. In his spare time, he enjoys taking long walks with his wife and two dogs, swimming and jogging, and cooking. Contact Ron

Deborah Kogan

Deborah Kogan, M.C.P.

Principal
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Deborah Kogan is a Principal with over fifteen years tenure with SPR. She specializes in qualitative studies of program implementation and effectiveness and has expertise in workforce development programs, aging services, and strategies to promote career success and economic stability for members of underrepresented groups. For SPR, Ms. Kogan has directed large-scale evaluations in the areas of programs for aging workers, dislocated worker programs, and employer involvement in designing sectoral strategies to prepare workers for high-growth occupations. Prior to her work at SPR, Ms. Kogan worked for SRI International and Berkeley Policy Associates on projects evaluating a wide variety of programs ranging from welfare reform to workforce development performance standards to refugee resettlement programs. Ms. Kogan received her Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in Photography from California College of the Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Swarthmore College. Contact Debbie

Richard West

Richard West

Principal
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Mr. Richard West, Principal, has specialized expertise in econometric modeling, empirical labor economics, program evaluation, and developing accountability systems. He is recognized throughout the country as the premier expert on JTPA performance management, having developed and presented annual training sessions as well as written numerous reports on performance standards issues. Mr. West has authored a number of articles published in leading professional journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources, and Journal of the American Statistical Association. He has completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, except for the dissertation, and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Richard

Senior Associates

Laura Aron

Laura Aron, M.P.P.

Senior Associate
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Laura Aron has expertise in workforce development policy analysis, technical assistance and training, political analysis, qualitative research methods, and multicultural issues. Ms. Aron has trained thousands of workforce development practitioners in One-Stop system building, heightening organizational capacity, enhancing performance, and developing partnerships. Prior to joining SPR, she conducted legislative research and policy analysis in the areas of career advancement for low-income workers, first source hiring, and living wage issues. Ms. Aron received a Master in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Emory University. Contact Laura

Hannah Betesh

Hannah Betesh, M.P.P.

Senior Associate and Assistant Division Director of the Workforce Development & Human Services Division
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Hannah Betesh is a Senior Associate at SPR who serves as a project manager and task leader for evaluations of workforce development programs, including those funded through the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF), Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) and Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant programs. In these capacities, she oversees implementation of random assignment, collection and analysis of administrative and survey data, and assessment of program implementation and program fidelity. Her work on using qualitative data analysis software to enhance rigor and transparency in implementation research has been selected numerous times for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association. Prior to joining SPR in 2011, Ms. Betesh was a research analyst with Berkeley Policy Associates (now IMPAQ International), where she worked on evaluations of federally-funded workforce development, education and public health initiatives. She also previously worked for Public/Private Ventures on evaluations of youth development and out-of-school times initiatives, and for the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) researching the wages and working conditions of truck drivers at the Port of Oakland as part of a national union campaign. Ms. Betesh received her Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley, and her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Latin American Studies from Smith College. Contact Hannah

Renatta DeFever

Renatta DeFever, Ph.D.

Senior Associate
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Renatta DeFever is a Senior Associate at SPR with expertise in education policy, educational accountability frameworks, second language acquisition, and survey and quantitative research methods. Her research has focused on how state and school level policies impact the academic achievement and language development of English Learners. She has experience in survey design and implementation, and collecting and analyzing data from school districts and data from other public sources. Prior to joining SPR, she was a Research Associate at Public Policy Institute of California and a Senior Research Analyst at the University of California Office of the President. She received a Ph.D. in School Organization and Education Policy from University of California Davis, an M.A. degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Contact Renatta

Rachel Estrella

Rachel Estrella, Ph.D.

Senior Associate
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Rachel Estrella is a Senior Associate with specialized expertise in racial equity initiatives, early childhood education, educational access, multicultural evaluation methods, foundation grantmaking, and the arts. She has managed and led a range of projects at SPR, including a number of projects related to diversity-related grantmaking and evaluation, capacity-building for organizations serving communities of color, effective academic supports for marginalized students, and effective advocacy. She also has extensive experience as a technical assistance provider, meeting facilitator, and curriculum developer. Prior to her work at SPR, Dr. Estrella worked as a Senior Project Associate at Fern Tiger Associates, where she worked with nonprofit organizations in strategic planning and communications, and at UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access, where she worked as a Senior Researcher addressing issues of educational access for students of color. She received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she had a dual concentration in urban schooling and the use of the arts in popular education and civic engagement. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Rachel

Christian Geckeler

Christian Geckeler, M.P.P., M.A.

Senior Associate
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Christian Geckeler is a Senior Associate at SPR with expertise in qualitative research methods and random assignment impact studies. He specializes in evaluations of interventions designed to improve workforce system services and programs targeting both adults and youth who have been involved in the justice-system. Mr. Geckeler has managed and led tasks on numerous evaluations examining ways to help hard-to-employ individuals, including at-risk youth and ex-offenders, and which have been funded by federal, state and local government agencies and foundations. Prior to joining SPR, Mr. Geckeler was a researcher with MDRC, where he worked on random assignment and implementation studies focused on higher education and K-12 programs. Mr. Geckeler received a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Davis and his B.A. in Philosophy from The College of Wooster. Contact Christian

Annelies Goger

Annelies Goger, Ph.D., M.C.P.

Senior Associate
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Annelies M. Goger, Ph.D., M.C.P. is a Senior Associate in the Workforce and Human Services Division. She specializes in worker retraining programs, sector strategies, and regional economic development policy. She has domestic and international expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research, spatial data analysis, technical assistance, and multi-sited research. Dr. Goger has visited American Job Centers throughout the US, developing a deep understanding of employment services for people with disabilities, Wagner-Peyser employment services, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs. Recently, she led a project for the San Jose Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network (aka, work2future) to support the development of their local and regional workforce plans, a requirement of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). She is currently leading the implementation study for a third-party evaluation of an advanced manufacturing retraining grant in four community colleges in Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and Louisiana. In addition, she is co-leading a Study of Elderly Participant Perspectives as part of a larger study of access to food assistance programs for people over 60 (for the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service).

Previously, Dr. Goger worked at IMPAQ International and the Center for Globalization, Governance, and Competitiveness at Duke University. At Duke, she studied supply chains in Africa, tobacco, and wheat in the Middle East and North Africa. She has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University. Her dissertation focused on ethical supply chain management in the global clothing industry, with field research in the United States, Europe, and Sri Lanka. Dr. Goger was a Fulbright scholar in Sri Lanka, and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Contact Annelies


Mary Hancock

Mary Hancock, M.Ed.

Senior Programmer
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Mary Hancock is a Senior Programmer at SPR with over 35 years of experience programming to build, clean, manage, and analyze databases. She has significant experience managing and merging multiple data sources and manipulating large-scale public databases in a variety of formats. She is responsible for programming to compile, review, and clean nationwide data from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Joint Performance Accountability Information and Reporting System (PIRL) and produce annual data book tables and quarterly reports and databases used by the U.S. Department of Labor. She also worked with secure and encrypted data from 26 states as programmer for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act Evaluation, compiling data from unemployment insurance claim and wage records, Trade Act Participant Records (TAPR), and Workforce Investment Standardized Records (WIASRD). Ms. Hancock received a B.S. in Education from Weber State University and a M.Ed. from Utah State University.
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Leela Hebbar

Leela Hebbar, Ph.D.

Senior Associate
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Leela Hebbar is a Senior Associate specializing in program evaluation, mixed-methods research, and data management. Her areas of focus include workforce development, unemployment, and higher education. Prior to joining SPR she was a Research Associate at WestEd and Project Director at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, where she worked on program evaluations and technical assistance projects. She was also a Consultant at MGT of America, where she assisted colleges and universities with their long term planning decisions. She received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers’s University and a M.Phil. in Development Studies from Cambridge University.
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Jennifer Henderson-Frakes

Jennifer Henderson-Frakes, M.P.P.

Senior Associate
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Jennifer Henderson-Frakes is a Senior Associate with expertise in qualitative research related to higher education, youth development, organizational effectiveness, workforce development, and other social services. She has worked extensively with philanthropic and nonprofit clients, and led numerous projects on topics ranging from the evaluation of a nonprofit collaborative’s efforts to increase access to higher education among traditionally underserved students, to assessing the organizational health and effectiveness of a major foundation in transition to a new operational model. In the workforce development arena, she has focused considerably on evaluating services for youth populations, as well for other special populations such as day laborers and former offenders. Ms. Henderson-Frakes received her Master’s degree in Public Policy, as well as her B.A., from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a connoisseur of fine cheese and short stories. Contact Jennifer

Vinz Koller

Vinz Koller, M.A.

Senior Associate
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Vinz Koller is Director of Training and Technical Assistance at SPR. His work focuses on organizational improvement, performance management, strategic planning, facilitating change, and capacity building though technical assistance and training. Most recently he has also led SPR’s online training line of services. He has trained thousands of practitioners around the country on One-Stop career center system integration and performance management. Prior to joining SPR, Mr. Koller coordinated the One-Stop Career Center System Task Force, and supervised youth and adult employment training programs in Monterey County, California. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Mr. Koller is also a singer, mountain climber, and bread baker. Contact Vinz

Madeleine Levin

Madeleine Levin, M.P.H.

Senior Associate
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Madeleine Levin is a Senior Associate at SPR in the Workforce Development and Human Services division, with expertise in technical assistance and qualitative research. Prior to joining SPR, Ms. Levin worked in a variety of research and policy settings, including as a senior researcher at IMPAQ International, where she managed multiple projects funded through federal and state governments to improve the provision of the federal nutrition programs. As a policy analyst at the Food Research and Action Center for nine years, she conducted policy and program evaluation research through surveys of state agencies and school districts, and analysis of large USDA school meals participation data sets. She authored reports on the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, resulting in the identification of effective policies and practices to expand participation. Prior professional experience also includes nine years as a Head Start Technical Assistance Project Coordinator at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. Ms. Levin earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. Contact Madeleine

Melissa Mack

Melissa Mack, M.S.W., M.A.

Senior Associate
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Melissa Mack is a Senior Associate at SPR with expertise in technical assistance and qualitative research of workforce programs, particularly in the areas of workforce program management and services for under-served and at-risk populations. She earned her Master of Social Work, with an emphasis in Geriatric Social Work, from Boston University. Prior to joining SPR, Ms. Mack worked in a variety of research and direct service settings, including with the Coalition to End Elder Homelessness, as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer placed at Friends of the Shattuck Shelter, and at St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco. Ms. Mack also earned her Master of Arts in English, with an emphasis in Poetry, at the University of California, Davis. Contact Melissa

Marian Negoita

Marian Negoita, Ph.D.

Senior Associate
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Marian Negoita (Ph.D., Sociology, University of California-Davis) is a Senior Associate at SPR. His research interests include the decentralization of public service delivery, the use of performance measures in government agencies, public-private collaboration in governance, market and government failures, complex organizations, and innovation. He currently serves as principal investigator, project director, and senior analyst for several of SPR’s workforce and human services division projects. Methodologically, he is well versed in several different quantitative approaches including multivariate modeling, survey research, and quasi-experimental designs, as well as qualitative approaches such as comparative case study designs. Dr. Negoita has published numerous articles in academic journals and edited books, and he has presented his work at several academic and professional conferences. In his spare time, he is an avid consumer of soccer and classical music. Contact Marian

Jessie Oettinger

Jessie Oettinger, M.P.P.

Senior Associate
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Jessie Oettinger is a Senior Associate at SPR, providing technical assistance and coaching to education, workforce, nonprofit, and economic development entities. At SPR Jessie has led TA efforts for the development of stackable credential programs within multi-college networks, the formation and implementation of apprenticeships in nontraditional industries, WIOA strategic planning, and the revision and development of new procurement processes for local workforce development boards. Prior to joining SPR, Jessie served on two national technical assistance teams for USDOL grants, worked with numerous workforce-education-economic development-industry collaborations to build strong regional sector partnerships, and wrote extensively on the broker function of governments and other intermediaries in the development of high tech industry sectors. Her passions include cooking, yoga, pre-apprenticeship, multi-stakeholder collaboration and her family. Jessie is from Oregon, earned her B.A. from the University of Oregon, and eventually moved south for the sunshine. She holds an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Jessie

Associates

Daniela Berman

Daniela Berman, M.P.P., M.A.

Associate
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Daniela Berman is an Associate with evaluation experience in K-12 education, youth development, violence prevention and gender equity, and effective philanthropy and organizations. She aims to use evaluation to lift up the stories of individuals and their communities, and to strengthen efforts at institutional and social change for a more equitable world. Before joining SPR, she conducted research for the California Statewide Special Education Task Force, and the John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Ms. Berman holds both an M.P.P. and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University, as well as a B.A. from Georgetown University. Contact Daniela

Verenice Chavoya-Perez

Verenice Chavoya-Perez, M.P.P.

Associate
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Verenice Chavoya-Perez is an Associate with experience in racial equity and community change initiatives, place-based evaluation, K-12 education, and workforce development. Prior to re-joining SPR, Verenice worked with Youth Policy Institute, working in research and evaluation for the Department of Education-funded Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood initiative. She has also worked with other nonprofit organizations focused on improving education and community outcomes for students and families of color in Los Angeles. Verenice is passionate about using research and evaluation to facilitate social change and develop strong and healthy low-income, communities of color. Ms. Chavoya-Perez holds an MPP degree from Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys taking spin classes, hiking, reading, and traveling. Contact Verenice

Mika Clark

Mika Clark, M.P.P.

Associate
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Mika Clark is an Associate specializing in mixed-methods research. Her research interests include violence prevention, workforce development, education, and youth development. Prior to joining SPR, Ms. Clark coordinated early childhood and afterschool programs with an Oakland-based organization and researched violence prevention initiatives for the City of Oakland. She has also taught at bilingual elementary schools in Mexico and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the San Jose Conservation Corps. Ms. Clark received her Master of Public Policy degree, as well as her B.A., from UC Berkeley. Contact Mika

Mayte Cruz

Mayte Cruz, M.P.P.

Associate
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Mayte Cruz is an Associate with experience in K-12 education and in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Prior to joining SPR, Mayte evaluated the implementation of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Foster Youth Achievement Program to help improve direct services provided to its foster youth. As a policy intern for the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, she researched early education programs to help improve the quality of training received by staff in LAUSD’s early education centers, and also researched initiatives to help support parents with the Common Core State Standards. Her research interests include education, youth development, and workforce development. Mayte received her Master of Public Policy and her bachelor’s from the University of California, Los Angeles. Contact Mayte

Hannah Diaz

Hannah Diaz

Associate
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Hannah Diaz is an Associate who supports research and evaluation projects at SPR. Her research interests include urban policy, place-based initiatives, and youth intervention and education services. Prior to SPR, Hannah worked in a legal office for a Bay Area start-up and both nonprofit and public city planning offices in New York City and South San Francisco. In her spare time, she enjoys reading both books and places and traveling whenever she has the chance. Hannah received her B.A. in Urban Studies with a concentration in History from Columbia University. Contact Hannah

Lea Folsom

Lea Folsom, M.A.

Associate
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Lea Folsom is an associate with expertise in survey methodology and quantitative research experience. Ms. Folsom has seven years of experimental research experience assessing prejudice and discrimination. Specifically, her research on group dynamics focused on manifestations of prejudice, particularly in perceptions, such as likeability and blame judgments, as well as discrimination and how it may manifest itself in the withholding of help. A strong proponent for social equality, her research interests include workforce development and social policy initiatives aimed at benefiting underrepresented communities. Lea received her Master of Arts in Social Psychology from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Kansas State University. Contact Lea

Ivette Gutierrez

Ivette Gutierrez, M.A.

Associate
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Ivette Gutierrez is an Associate with experience in qualitative health research, youth development, and program evaluation. At SPR, she focuses on workforce development and human services projects. Prior to joining SPR, Ivette worked at the University of California San Francisco where she sought to strengthen health career pathways in the Oakland Unified School District, supported nursing and school-based health research, and worked on a federally funded project integrating mental health and primary care. She has also worked at a nonprofit agency dedicated to empowering East Oakland youth. Her research interests include health equity and disparities, youth development, and career pathways. In her spare time, Ivette enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction by Latina writers, volunteering as a citizenship exam aide, and exploring Oakland. Ivette received her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from CSU, Long Beach. Contact Ivette

Przemek Nowaczyk

Przemek Nowaczyk, M.A.

Associate
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Przemyslaw joined SPR in March of 2017. Prior to that, he was a Senior Programmer at Mathematica Policy Research, where he worked as data analyst on education-related projects; a Policy Analyst at the New York City Independent Budget Office, where he provided quantitative analysis of the Department of Education data; and a Graduate/Teaching Assistant at the New York University Department of Politics, where he taught undergraduate courses on introductory statistics and game theory. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from University of Warsaw, Poland, and an M.A. in Political Science from New York University. Big enthusiast of R statistical programming language. Contact Przemek

Anne Paprocki

Anne Paprocki, M.P.P.

Associate
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Anne Paprocki is an Associate with experience doing both qualitative and quantitative research and program evaluation. At SPR, she focuses on workforce development and human services projects. Prior to joining the organization, Ms. Paprocki conducted evaluations of homelessness prevention and workforce development programs for the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She also worked for three years at Catholic Charities CYO, where she wrote grants and provided crisis management for families in their homelessness prevention program. Ms. Paprocki received a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley. She also holds a B.A. in French and English from Pomona College. Contact Anne

Laura Ravinder

Laura Ravinder, M.P.P.

Associate
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Laura Ravinder is an Associate with experience in community development, racial equity initiatives, and public policy analysis. Before joining SPR, Laura worked at Living Cities, a community development foundation and supported their cross-sector partnerships to advance systems change to improve the lives of low-income people of color. She has also worked at nonprofit organizations focused on racial and gender equity, economic empowerment, and entrepreneurship education in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Boston. She is passionate about helping organizations understand, measure, and grow their impact and building strong, diverse communities. Ms. Ravinder holds an M.P.P. from The Harris School at The University of Chicago and a B.S. in Physics from Azusa Pacific University. Contact Laura

Maureen Sarver

Maureen Sarver, M.P.P.

Associate
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Maureen Sarver is an Associate at SPR with experience in both qualitative research and technical assistance in the areas of human services and workforce development. Prior to joining SPR, Ms. Sarver was a senior research analyst at IMPAQ International, where she conducted evaluations of federally-funded human services and workforce development initiatives. She also previously worked at HomeBase as a policy analyst and technical assistance provider focusing on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs, along with county needs assessments and strategic plans related to homelessness, food security, and child welfare. She received a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a B.A. in Sociology from Baldwin Wallace University. Ms. Sarver served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. Contact Maureen

Zeneva Schindler, M.S.

Associate
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Zeneva Schindler is an Associate with a background in mixed-methods research. Before joining SPR, she served as the Project Coordinator for the California Community Climates Project, where she worked on a multi-method study examining the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth across California. Zeneva also has experience as both a full-time and freelance grant writer. In her role as the lead grant writer at Transcendent Endeavors, she worked to develop and craft proposals directed towards minimizing disparities in healthcare and education among underserved populations. Zeneva is passionate about utilizing research as a tool to identify and mitigate structural inequality. Her research interests include racial, gender, and LGBTQ+ equity. Zeneva received her M.S. in Social Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and her B.A. in Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College. Contact Zeneva

Caleb van Docto, M.A. SPED

Associate
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Caleb van Docto is an Associate at SPR with experience in integrative workforce systems, disability policy, and K-16 education. Prior to joining SPR, Mr. van Docto served as director for an Oakland-based non-profit providing academic and living skills training, and community advocacy for disabled youth and adults. His background includes integrated curriculum development for both core and expanded core subject areas, qualitative research and program evaluation, and career transitions for individuals with barriers to employment. Mr. van Docto received his Masters in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and holds a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara. Contact Caleb

Finance and Administration

Robert Corning

Robert Corning

Chief Financial Officer
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Robert is responsible for the financial, administrative, and risk management operations of SPR and brings to the position more than twenty five years of financial management experience with privately held and publicly traded companies. Robert is a BA graduate of Brown University (Mathematics and Economics) and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. Contact Robert

Adam Abate

Adam Abate

Accounting Generalist
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Adam is our Accounting Generalist, supporting the finance team with the administrative and financial operations of SPR. Adam received his B.S. in Finance from Cal State Northridge, and plans on pursuing a Masters degree in the near future. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, working out, and reading. Contact Adam

Carole Guzman

Carole Guzman

Executive Assistant
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Carole Guzman is our Executive Assistant and Office Manager. For over 20 years, she supported executives at international manufacturers in the oil/gas, semiconductor and biometrics industries. Prior to that, she worked at Bank of America in various administrative capacities, the latest as a loan officer. Carole attended Bay Area community colleges over the span of her diverse career, concentrating on the latest computer courses and other business-related classes. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends and traveling the globe. Besides exploring the USA, she and her husband have traveled internationally to: the South Pacific, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Portugal, Spain and numerous Caribbean Islands. Plans to visit other countries in Europe in the near future. Contact Carole

Ann Kingsbury

Ann Kingsbury

Senior Accountant
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Lisa Pradhan

Lisa Pradhan

Business Development and Marketing Coordinator
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As Business Development and Marketing Coordinator, Lisa works closely with teams across all areas of expertise to promote our work and bring new business into SPR. She also helps to develop SPR’s social media strategy, monitors the marketplace for new business opportunities, and contributes to business development planning. She previously worked for a business intelligence software firm that analyses government spending where she sought new ways to bring her passion for data analytics, idea generation and social media to the forefront of her work. Other interests include reading, writing, travelling and art. Her work was shown in San Diego, Northampton, Amherst, South Hadley and most recently in San Francisco. Additionally, her social work research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Family Process and in the forthcoming edition of Parenting Plan Evaluations: Applied Research for the Family Court. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religion from Smith College. Contact Lisa

Project Assistants

Diana Herrera

Diana Herrera

Project Assistant
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Diana Herrera is a Project Assistant who supports research and evaluation projects at SPR across all divisions. Prior to her work at SPR, she interned at the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce and was involved in projects related to maintaining economic vitality for the business community of Santa Cruz. Diana has also worked at EconOne Research, where she assisted in producing expert witness reports for financial ligations through data analysis and economic research. Her research interests include poverty alleviation, development economics, human rights, public health, and implementation of microfinancing policies. Diana received a BA in Global Economics and Latin American & Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Contact Diana

Shelley Kuang

Shelley Kuang

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Shelley Kuang is a project assistant who supports research and evaluation projects at SPR. Prior to joining SPR, Shelley worked as a Youth and Family Educator at a community-based organization and in program coordinator roles at a student-run access and retention education center. She empowers youth to develop their critical consciousness as community leaders through the performing arts and strives to actively integrate community voice and experience to inform theory, policy, and reform. As an artist and adventurer, she is typically found dancing, shooting photography, hiking, and backpacking. Shelley earned her B.A. in the Human Development Program at the University of California, San Diego. Contact Shelley

Rachel Lindy

Rachel Lindy

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Rachel Lindy is a project assistant who supports research and evaluation projects at SPR. Prior to SPR, Rachel worked as a research assistant for a qualitative assessment of urban agriculture with Drexel University, and conducted quantitative research on urban food access. Her research interests include urban equity, benefits programs, and environmental and health policy. These interests arose in part from a semester studying climate change and comparative research methods in Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia. She enjoys exploring new places and foods, hiking, and knitting. Rachel received her B.A. in Mathematics-Economics and Environmental Studies from Wesleyan University. Contact Rachel

Eduardo Ortiz

Eduardo Ortiz

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Eduardo Ortiz is a project assistant who supports research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects at SPR. Prior to SPR, Eduardo participated in internships with the California State Parks and the City of San Luis Obispo GIS Department assisting with GIS mapping and data collection. His interests include geography, politics, soccer, and sightseeing in the Bay Area. He is fluent in Spanish and earned his B.S. in Anthropology/Geography from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Contact Eduardo

Savannah Rae

Savannah Rae

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Savannah Rae is a Project Assistant who supports research and evaluation projects at SPR across all divisions. Prior to joining SPR, Savannah worked as a Research Assistant for the Network for Transformative Change at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Her work at Haas and in other research positions in college focused on the psychological and social effects of income and racial inequality. Savannah’s research interests include youth, education, the justice system, and racial equity. When she’s not in the office she enjoys exploring the different neighborhoods in the Bay Area. Savannah received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Savannah