The Team

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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 HealthMap.org. Rebecca holds a BS in Environmental Science from McGill University, an MS in Toxicology, and PhD in Epidemiology both from New York University.

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, Manager of Data Analysis and Visualization, 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.

Johnathan Appel, Program Assistant, assists the Measure of America team with qualitative research, quantitative analysis, and report writing. He also works on program management, the budget, and Measure of America’s social media presence. He graduated with honors from Amherst College with a BA in Political Science, concentrating in the study of Institutions and the Reproduction of Inequalities. He was previously a Fulbright English Teaching Fellow in Taiwan and an Education Fellow and Teaching Artist with Story Pirates, a children’s literacy and theater non-profit. He also writes satire which has been published in the New Yorker and McSweeney’s.

Jonas Stark Johnson, Program Assistant, aids in qualitative and quantitative research to support Measure of America’s reports, in addition to coordinating the program’s finance, logistics, and social media. Previously, he taught World History at a public school in his home state of Mississippi through Teach for America. Jonas earned a BA in Anthropology and Political Science from Brown University, where he wrote an ethnographic honors thesis on gun culture in the Deep South.

OPPORTUNITIES

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

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