CRHEO Leadership

Gregory Wolniak, PhD, Director

Gregory Wolniak oversees all aspects of CRHEO’s operations, including:

  • Negotiating the Center’s priority agenda and its fiscal and human resources
  • Cultivating funding lines through pursuing grants and contracts among center staff and in support of faculty affiliates. 
  • Forming partnerships with faculty and staff for the implementation of research studies
  • Providing technical assistance to faculty and staff on issues of assessment, research design, and evaluation
  • Establishing links with departments and centers at NYU and beyond to engage in collaborative research efforts
  • Organizing and monitoring the Center’s work
  • Providing periodic reports to Steinhardt faculty and administrators on the work of the Center


Laura Davis, PhD, Assistant Director

Laura Davis joined CRHEO in 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Director, overseeing flagship evaluation programs within Steinhardt and advancing the Center’s external research agenda. Her research focuses on teacher development and preservice preparation, issues of racial and cultural diversity in schools, and the production of educational inequality. Laura serves as a reviewer for the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), as well as AERA’s Division K. She has taught graduate courses in teacher education at NYU and previously worked as a classroom teacher in Los Angeles. She received a BA from the University of Southern California, an MA in Education from Antioch University, and a PhD in Teaching and Learning from NYU Steinhardt.


Affiliates and Partners 

Faculty Affiliates


  • Drew D. Allen, PhD, Associate Dean for Data Analysis and Operations at Princeton University


  • Cassie Kwon, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Chris Stipeck, Assistant Director, Residence Life
  • Tiffani Williams, Graduate Research Assistant