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, M.P.P.
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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, M.P.P.
Principal, Director of the Workforce and Human Services Division, and Director of Research and Project Operations Expand
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
Sengsouvanh (Sukey) Leshnick, M.A.
Principal and Director of the Education Division Expand
Ms. Sengsouvanh (Sukey) Leshnick is currently leading SPR’s education portfolio. In this role, she oversees a broad body of work focused on education equity, K-12 system transformation, early learning, improvement networks, individualized learning, leadership development, social and emotional learning, and college and career readiness. For the past two decades, she has worked extensively with philanthropic and nonprofit clients to identify research-based strategies to guide decision making. Some of her clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Women’s Funding Network, the Ford Foundation, San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF), the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, and state and local education agencies. As a mixed methods researcher, she specializes in developmental and process evaluation, appreciative inquiry, and training and facilitation. Throughout her career, she has focused considerably on researching services for low-income youth and families, as well for other special populations including immigrants and justice-involved individuals. Previously, she taught English-as-a-Second Language in Thailand and worked in nonprofits in Los Angeles to provide career counseling and tutor adult learners on basic skills proficiency. 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. Contact Sukey
Heather Lewis-Charp, M.A.
Principal and Director of the Philanthropy, Equity and Youth Division Expand
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
Laura Aron, M.P.P.
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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
Daniela Berman, M.P.P., M.A.
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Daniela Berman is a Senior Associate with experience in evaluation and strategic learning within the context of the K-12 education system. She has directed and managed a range of projects within her portfolio focused on philanthropic investments in education transformation, to which she brings specialized expertise in student-centered learning, education equity, culturally responsive teaching and learning, K-12 systems change, and organizational learning and effectiveness. Prior to SPR, Ms. Berman conducted research for the John Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, and for the California Statewide Special Education Task Force. She received a Master of Public Policy degree and a Master’s in Education degree from Stanford University, where she concentrated on education policy, organization, and leadership. Ms. Berman received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Georgetown University. Contact Daniela
Verenice Chavoya-Perez, M.P.P.
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Verenice Chavoya-Perez is a Senior Associate with specialized expertise in strategic consulting, research and evaluation for philanthropic organizations. At SPR, she directs complex, multi-level evaluations of racial equity, community-centered change, movement and power-building and collaborative development. Ms. Chavoya-Perez uses equity-focused, culturally-responsive evaluation approaches to engage the voices of communities of color and immigrant communities within policy and social change efforts. She received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys taking spin classes, hiking, reading, and traveling. Contact Verenice
Mika Clark, M.P.P.
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Mika Clark is a Senior 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
Renatta DeFever, Ph.D.
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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, Ph.D.
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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, M.P.P., M.A.
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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
Raquel L. González, Ph.D.
Senior Associate and Director of Business Strategy Expand
Raquel L. González is a Senior Associate and Director of Business Strategy at SPR. Dr. González has over 15 years of experience leading studies and evaluations for state and federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, First 5 Los Angeles, and First 5 California. She has served as a co-principal investigator, project director, and senior researcher on studies focused on early childhood education; family engagement; and recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is a mixed-methods researcher who has led both qualitative descriptive studies as well as longitudinal randomized controlled trials and has methodological expertise in survey design. Prior to joining SPR, Dr. González was a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Researcher where she led a portfolio of projects worth over $11 million. Dr. González holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also has a B. S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Contact Raquel
Mary Hancock, M.Ed.
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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. Contact Mary
Leela Hebbar, Ph.D.
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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. Contact Leela
Deanna Khemani, M.P.S.
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Deanna Khemani 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. Khemani served as a Workforce Development Specialist for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration in the San Francisco Regional Office where she was a state lead for Arizona and California. She has extensive experience working with state and local boards to implement key provisions of workforce programs, including the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), now superseded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, and the National Emergency Grant program. She has also served as a performance accountability expert for federal workforce programs. Ms. Khemani has a special interest in actionable evaluation and using data and information to support continuous improvement efforts. Recently, Ms. Khemani served as a lead evaluator on two large-scale Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Technical Training (TAACCCT) grants in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Ms. Khemani has written numerous reports and presented her findings at several academic and professional conferences. In her spare time, Ms. Khemani enjoys reading, watching her daughter play competitive soccer, and assisting non-profits in their grant writing efforts. Ms. Khemani earned her Master of Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Contact Deanna
Vinz Koller, M.A.
Senior Strategist for Capacity Building, Workforce and Human Services Division Expand
Mr. Koller is a national expert on US career education and workforce policy and a thought leader in adapting a European dual professional education system for the US. As a Swiss-American dual national, he has deep understanding of the Swiss and the US systems. Through project work for the US Department of Labor, Education and Housing and Urban Development, he has also developed particular expertise in developing career pathway and apprenticeship programs, improving reentry programs for ex-offenders in education and workforce development. Mr. Koller is project director of the Apprenticeship Inclusion Model (AIM) project and the Policy Development Center of the U.S. DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Both projects are identifying policy options for State and local governments to improve career opportunities for people with disabilities. He has also been supporting career education reform efforts in California through California’s Apprenticeship Initiative and other state-based and regional innovation projects. Contact Vinz
Madeleine Levin, M.P.H.
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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, M.S.W., M.A.
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Melissa Mack is a Senior Associate specializing in qualitative research, program evaluation, and technical assistance and training. Her research interests include the public workforce system, other public benefits (such as SNAP), and the arts. She has led and supported numerous research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects at SPR, including many associated with the Workforce Investment Act and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Prior to joining SPR, Ms. Mack conducted qualitative research with formerly homeless elders for the Committee to End Elder Homelessness in Boston, Massachusetts. As an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Friends of the Shattuck Shelter, also in Boston, Ms. Mack supported the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, assisting member-organizations’ integration of the workforce system with programs designed to serve homeless constituents. Ms. Mack received her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University, where she concentrated in research, policy, and community organizing, and a Master of Arts in English from the University of California at Davis. Contact Melissa
Joshua Mallett, M.S.
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Joshua Mallett is a Senior Research Programmer at SPR with over 10 years of experience programming to build, clean, manage, and analyze health data. He has experience managing and manipulating data in SAS, R, and Stata, with a focus on innovative methods of improving quality assurance and promoting reproducible research using such software as Github, LaTeX and R Shiny. He 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. He is also responsible for overseeing data acquisition, analysis and programming tasks for evaluations of interventions for hard-to-employ individuals, including at-risk youth and ex-offenders. Prior to joining SPR, Mr. Mallett was a programmer and analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he predominantly worked on Medicare Consumer Assessment of Health and Provider Systems (CAHPS) data and Health and Retirement Study (HRS) data. Mr. Mallett received a B.S. in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics from Northern Arizona University, and a M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Arizona. Contact Joshua
Marian Negoita, Ph.D.
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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, M.P.P.
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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
Anne Paprocki, M.P.P.
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Anne Paprocki is a Senior 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 Pryor, Ph.D.
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Laura Pryor is a Senior Associate at SPR with expertise in culturally responsive evaluation, survey design and analysis, quantitative research methods, and formative and summative evaluation designs. She began her evaluation career in 2011 as an American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Intern and has since worked on numerous evaluations focusing on K-12 education, youth development, offender reentry, and higher education. Dr. Pryor received a Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods and Evaluation from the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Her doctoral research focused on the ways in which quantitative methods can align with a culturally competent approach to evaluation. Additionally, she received an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Laura
Kristin Wolff, M.A.
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Kristin Wolff is a Senior Associate at SPR with 20 years of experience in the jobs and social innovation space. Her work spans policy, research, program, and technical assistance domains. She has worked in communities large and small, rural and urban, in the US, US territories, and in Europe and Asia. Her current project portfolio includes: the Workforce Data Quality Initiative, a US Department of Labor (DOL) effort to help states develop better intelligence about labor markets and tools that help customers navigate the Future of Work; a federal evaluation of the US DOL Office of Apprenticeship Expansion Grants; and the California Apprenticeship Initiative Evaluation and Technical Assistance project which provides direct support to projects, designs technical assistance activities to help stakeholders share effective practices. Kristin also runs a small business in Portland, OR (thinkers+doers) that supports small, experimental projects in the social innovation space. She also chairs a local nonprofit board, and is a three-time Hack Oregon Project alumna, a seven-time alumna SIX Social Innovation Schools (Poland, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Korea, India, and the UK), and a founding member of the Solutions Journalism network in Portland.
Kristin holds a B.A. in social science from Miami University (OH) and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona. She likes bikes – and chocolate. Ask her about The Tomorrow Project. Contact Kristin
Sallie Yoshida, Ph.D.
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Dr. Sallie Yoshida is a Senior Associate in the Philanthropy Equity and Youth division. Dr. Yoshida comes to SPR with over 13 years of experience in the design and implementation of community-based program and policy evaluations of healthy food access and obesity prevention initiatives in low-income communities of color. In previous work, as manager of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Fresno County, she worked on several programs to combat child hunger. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Sarah Samuels Center for Public Health Research and Evaluation for the past seven years. Her interest is in the intersection of community development and food insecurity, having led the evaluations of healthy food financing initiatives in three states – California FreshWorks, Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund, and the Michigan Good Food Fund. She received a Masters and Doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley and is a registered dietitian. Contact Sallie
Marianne Cuellar, M.P.H.
Marianne Cuellar is an Associate with evaluation experience in public health, place-based initiatives, and K-12 education. At SPR, she focuses on philanthropy, equity and youth projects. Mrs. Cuellar is passionate about applying public health and social welfare frameworks to the research and evaluation field. Prior to joining SPR, she managed the data collection and analysis needs of over 80 Expanded Learning sites at the Youth Policy Institute. She has also worked at a large human services organization based in Los Angeles in their Research and Evaluation Unit, where she facilitated the development of a community-based participatory research project and evaluated a leadership program that aimed to better support Asian American women in leadership roles across the United States. Mrs. Cuellar received dual Masters in Public Health and Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Contact Marianne
Lea Folsom, M.A.
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
Caitlin Grey, M.P.P.
Caitlin Grey is an Associate at SPR and brings experience in human services and workforce development at both the policy research and direct service levels. Before joining SPR, she worked in local government and community-based organizations, primarily in workforce programs with systems-involved youth and adults. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Comparative Human Development from University of Chicago. Contact Caitlin
Ivette Gutierrez, M.A.
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
Jennifer Hogg, M.P.P.
Jennifer Hogg is an Associate with experience in mixed-methods research related to education policy and practice. At SPR, she focuses on student-centered learning, whole student supports, and in-service teacher professional development as mechanisms for school improvement and student growth. Before joining SPR, Ms. Hogg conducted research for the US Office of Management and Budget’s education division and Berkeley Unified School District. She previously taught middle school mathematics in North Carolina. Ms. Hogg holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from the University of Michigan. Contact Jennifer
Emily McCaffrey, M.P.P.
Emily McCaffrey is an Associate with experience in youth development, college access and success, racial disparity analysis, and education research and evaluation. Her research interests are focused on the development of programs, policies, and practices that build community power and reduce racial inequality. Prior to joining SPR, Emily conducted research for the Department of Race and Equity in the City of Oakland. She formerly worked with youth and managed programs that supported low-income and first-generation, college-going students. She received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University. Contact Emily
Juan Carlos Piña, M.P.H.
Juan Carlos Piña is a bilingual Associate with community-based research and evaluation experience. His background focuses on health equity topics related to undocumented immigrants, access to higher education, and philanthropy. Prior to joining SPR, Juan Carlos worked as a research assistant for the California Heat Illness Prevention Study to understand the physiological response to environmental heat and physical work among migrant farm workers. He also worked as a program coordinator to encourage students from historically underrepresented backgrounds select, apply, and enroll in graduate school. Juan Carlos holds an M.P.H. from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Davis. Contact Juan Carlos
Savannah Rae is an Associate 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
Mahika Rangnekar, M.P.A., M.P.H.
Mahika Rangnekar is an Associate with experience in community engagement, program evaluation, and mixed-methods research related to health systems strengthening. Her research interests lie at the intersection of health, policy, and social and economic justice. Before joining SPR, Mahika worked for Marin County Health and Human Services as an Eligibility Worker for SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid, and more recently she conducted monitoring and evaluation research in the Bay Area, Seattle, and Peru. Mahika received dual Masters in Public Health and Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, and dual Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Mahika
Laura Ravinder, M.P.P.
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
Victoria Rodriguez, M.P.A.
Victoria Rodriguez is an Associate with experience in qualitative research, education evaluation, and community engagement. Prior to joining SPR, she conducted research for the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University, the New York City Department of Education, and FUNGLODE (Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo). Victoria has also worked as a Community Outreach Liaison at an elementary school in the Bay Area. In her spare time, she enjoys brunching, hosting picnics, and spending time with her niece. Ms. Rodriguez holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley. Contact Victoria
Maureen Sarver, M.P.P.
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
Caleb van Docto, M.A. SPED
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
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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
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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
Eduardo Ortiz is a Research 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