The Team

Sarah Burd-Sharps is Co-Director of Measure of America and co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as state and county-level well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Prior to this position, Sarah worked for the United Nations for over two decades, with a focus on economic empowerment, democratic, governance, and gender equity. Before she left the UN in 2007 to found Measure of America, she was Deputy Director of the UN Development Program’s Human Development Report Office, where she worked on three global Human Development Reports (Oxford University Press) and led the UN’s work on national human development reports on every continent. Sarah has worked in 14 African countries and is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and Chinese.

Sarah contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in the New York Times, The Nation, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review and more, and research cited by Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Freakonomics blog, and many more. She received a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Kristen Lewis is Co-Director of Measure of America and co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Before founding Measure of America with co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps in 2007, Kristen was senior policy advisor to the water and sanitation task force of the UN Millennium Project, led by Jeffery Sachs, and was co-author of the task force report, Health, Dignity and Development: What will it take? (Earthscan, 2005). She previously worked at the United Nations for many years, first with UNIFEM and then as in UNDP’s policy bureau, and has served as a consultant on gender equality issues for numerous international development organizations, including UNICEF and UNFPA.

Kristen contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in the The Nation, Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others, research cited by The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Freakonomics blog, and frequent newspaper and radio interviews. She received a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.

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Patrick Nolan Guyer, Chief Statistician, leads the quantitative research and analysis efforts for Measure of America. He has also been a lecturer in the Children and Youth Studies Program at Brooklyn College, served as a consultant to UNICEF and UNDESA, and worked as a researcher with the Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative. Patrick holds a BA in political science from McGill University and an MA from the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs.

Rebecca Rasch, Senior Project Manager, conducts both quantitative and qualitative research and analysis for Measure of America. Prior to Measure of America, Rebecca worked for several non-profit organizations focused on sustainable development, including Global Giving, the Environmental Defense Fund, and TechnoServe. Rebecca holds a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. She is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at the City University of New York. Her dissertation research explores the relationship between income inequality and vulnerability to climate change using advanced spatial statistical analysis.

Alex Powers, Program Assistant, performs qualitative and quantitative analysis in support of Measure of America’s work. Amongst his other duties, he tends to the budget and online presence of Measure of America. Prior to joining Measure of America, he worked as an equity analyst at Neuberger Berman and as a fact-checker for TIME Magazine. Alex recently earned a BA in World Politics from Hamilton College with distinction in the major.

Diana Tung, California Report Coordinator, manages research and production processes for reports including A Portrait of California 2011, and A Portrait of Marin 2012. Diana has prior experience in community healthcare organizing and food stamp outreach. As a Humanity in Action fellow, she examined the relationship between minority rights and democratic governance in a comparative U.S.-E.U. perspective. Diana graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College, where she double majored in Political Science and Anthropology. She also completed the General Course at the London School of Economics.

OPPORTUNITIES

Measure of America welcomes internship applications from qualified and interested candidates. For more information, please visit Opportunities.

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For media and all other inquiries, contact Eric Henderson: eric@measureofamerica.org | (718) 517-3606.