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 studied social mobility.

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.

Rubén Tarajano, 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, they worked in public health outreach focusing on HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ populations, and tobacco-free lifestyles. They graduated with honors from Florida International University with a BA in Liberal Studies with a focus on Health & Human Concerns. In the future, Rubén hopes to earn a PhD in Sociology and publish their own research on social inequality and incarceration.

Jordan Packer, Data Analyst, analyzes and visualizes data for Measure of America’s reports. She is currently a graduate student studying design and urban ecologies at Parsons School of Design, where she uses open data to examine patterns of spatial inequality. Previously, Jordan worked as a research associate at the Center for Research on Gender in STEM. She received her BA in sociology and urban planning from University of California, San Diego.

Andie Kim, Data & Research Intern, contributes to qualitative and quantitative research projects at Measure of America. Andie is an undergraduate student at Cornell University studying Sociology with interests in social inequality, information ethics, and film.

Farida Chickerie Ramkaran, Data & Research Intern, contributes to qualitative and quantitative research projects at Measure of America. Farida is currently an undergraduate student at The City College of New York and is a psychology major. She holds a fellowship from the Colin Powell School.



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