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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Alex Powers, Program Manager, contributes research direction, program management, and writing to the Measure of America team. Previously, he worked as a statistical consultant for Everytown for Gun Safety, led a data analytics team at J.P. Morgan, 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, Data Scientist, leads the quantitative research and analysis efforts for Measure of America. She led an analytics team at CVS Health and 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 a PhD in Epidemiology 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.



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