The Team


Kristen Lewis is the 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 former UN colleague Sarah Burd-Sharps in 2007, Kristen was senior policy advisor to the Water and Sanitation Task Force of the United Nations 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 in UNDP’s policy bureau, and has served as a consultant on gender equality, development indicators, and water governance for many international development organizations, including UNICEF, WSSCC, UNFPA, and the World Bank.

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 Master in International Affairs degree from Columbia University.

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Rebecca Tave Gluskin, Chief Statistician and Deputy Director, leads the quantitative research and analysis efforts for Measure of America. She has served as the Director of Data Analysis and Data Services in the Bureau of Informatics at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She conducted post-doctoral work at Boston Children’s Hospital with the Rebecca holds a BS in Environmental Science from McGill University, an MS in Toxicology, and PhD in Epidemiology both from New York University.

Becky Ofrane, Senior Program Manager, coordinates various projects at Measure of America, particularly related to public health impacts, strategy, and stakeholder management. She previously served as Children’s Environmental Health Coordinator at the U.S. EPA, with a focus on toxic chemicals policy, environmental health impacts from the built environment, human health risk assessment and public-private partnerships. She brings a public health perspective to social, environmental and economic spheres. Becky has a BS in Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a MPH in Environmental Health and Toxicology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Vikki Lassiter, Partnerships Specialist, provides strategic direction for stakeholder outreach and expanding Measure of America’s collaborative advantage to support research, advocacy, and bottom-up innovation.  Previously, Vikki was the senior advisor and executive director for the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network based at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.  Vikki’s prior work has focused on a number of issues related to change management, health equity, and community-partnered research. Vikki earned an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Laura Laderman, Data Analyst, performs quantitative analysis and creates data visualizations for Measure of America.  She holds a BA in Physics and a minor in Statistics from Swarthmore College.  She was previously a Summer of Maps Fellow at Azavea, where she conducted geospatial analysis for non-profit organizations. In addition to making maps, she enjoys dancing, hiking, and growing vegetables.

Marina Recio, Program Assistant, assists with qualitative and quantitative analysis in support of Measure of America’s work. Among her other duties, she tends to the budget, logistics, and online presence of Measure of America. She recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University with a BA in Political Science and Communication and Media Studies. She was previously an intern at MSNBC and TIME Inc., and has contributed to NBC News Latino and The Fordham Observer.


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