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 and youth disconnection reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York City, New Orleans, the San Joaquin Valley, the Inland Empire, and Marin, Los Angeles, Del Norte, Mendocino, 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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Alex Powers, Associate Director, contributes research direction, program management, and writing to the Measure of America team. Alex leads the quantitative research efforts for Measure of America. Previously, he worked as a statistical consultant for Everytown for Gun Safety, led an analytics team at J.P. Morgan Chase, and worked as a Program Associate at Measure of America. Alex holds a BA in World Politics from Hamilton College and an MPhil in Economic and Social History from the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.

Rebecca Tave Gluskin, PhD, is the Co-Director of the Mercury Project and Senior Data Scientist at Measure of America, both programs of the Social Science Research Council. In her role with Measure of America, she provides strategic direction and deep research expertise. She led an analytics team at CVS Health and was formerly Deputy Director and Chief Statistician of Measure of America. Rebecca 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. Rebecca holds a BS in Environmental Science from McGill University, an MS in Toxicology, and a PhD in Epidemiology from New York University.

Cara Wohnsigl, Research Associate, performs quantitative analysis and creates data visualizations for Measure of America. She leads Measure of America’s mapping efforts and also contributes project management and design expertise. Cara recently graduated with her MS in Applied Social Research from Hunter College, where her research focused on community engagement, civic service design, and using data analysis tools to improve the built environment and civic institutions. Cara also holds a BFA in Environmental Design from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Tara Shawa, 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 from Princeton University with a BA in Sociology and minors in Computer Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies. At Princeton, she wrote a thesis examining the representation and reinforcement of gender roles and norms in digital children’s media.

Kate Harvey, 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 from Wesleyan University with a BA in American Studies and a minor in Civic Engagement. At Wesleyan, she wrote a senior essay investigating the rise of right-wing extremism in the Pacific Northwest. 




Former full-time Measure of America staff and their immediate next position are listed below, in order of recency:

Laura Laderman – Chief Statistician → , Strength in Numbers Consulting Group
Rebecca Gluskin – Chief Statistician → Senior Analytics Director, CVS Health

Jonas Johnson – Program Assistant → Johns Hopkins University, PhD Anthropology
Sarah Burd-Sharps – Co-Director and co-founder → Head of Research, Everytown for Gun Safety
Marina Recio – Program Assistant → Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Master in Landscape Architecture
Rupsha Basu – Program Assistant → New York University School of Law, JD
Alex Powers – Program Associate → University of Cambridge, Master of Philosophy in Economic and Social History
Patrick Guyer – Chief Statistician → Director of Research and Evaluation, The Energy Project
Diana Tung – Program Assistant → Executive Officer, Reprieve Australia
Ted Lechterman – Program Assistant → Princeton University, PhD Political Theory



Any open positions will be posted on the Employment page of our parent organization, the Social Science Research Council.


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