• Aaron Pallas (Teachers College, Columbia University)
    Teachers College Biography... Read More
  • Adriana Villavicencio
    Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is Deputy Director at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and an adjunct professor at Hunter College. In this role, Dr. Villavicencio helps to shape the Research Alliance’s research agenda, and works to enhance relationships with external partners and key ... Read More
  • Adwoa K. Adjei-Gyampo
    Adwoa K. Adjei-Gyampo is the Resource Manager of the Research Alliance for NYC Schools. Adwoa manages the business operations of the Research Alliance, including grant applications and administration and leading our administrative/operations team. Before joining the Research Alliance, Adwoa was the... Read More
  • Ailish Brady (NYC DOE)
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  • Andrew Wallace (CUNY)
    CUNY Biography... Read More
  • Ben Schwab
    Ben Schwab is a Junior Research Analyst (I) at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Ben is interested in governance, school choice, and public-private collaborations within urban school settings. He currently supports the Research Alliance’s evaluations of the Expanded Success Init... Read More
  • C. Cybele Raver
    NYU Steinhardt Biography... Read More
  • Camille Lafayette
    Camille Lafayette is a Research Analyst at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Camille is interested in issues of access and persistence in higher education, with a focus on improving outcomes for disadvantaged populations. At the Research Alliance, Camille leads survey design and admin... Read More
  • Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj (Seton Hall University)
    Seton Hall University Biography... Read More
  • Charmaine Lester (NYC DOE)
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  • Chelsea Farley
    Chelsea Farley is the Communications Director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. She oversees the development and execution of the Research Alliance’s communications strategy,  including publications, website, media, and marketing. Previously, Chelsea was the vice p... Read More
  • Cheri Fancsali
    Dr. Cheri Fancsali is Research Director at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Fancsali has over two decades of experience in research and evaluations of school- and community-based educational programs that target underserved youth, with a strong focus on teacher effectiveness and ... Read More
  • Christine Baker-Smith
    Christy Baker-Smith is an IES-PIRT fellow at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and a Doctoral Candidate in the Sociology of Education program at NYU. Her work focuses on how schools function as social structures, with specific interest in discipline and school choice policies. She is a... Read More
  • Colin Chellman (CUNY)
    CUNY Biography... Read More
  • Collaborators and Affiliates
    The Research Alliance engages experts who serve as advisors on our work; we also collaborate with a variety researchers from NYU, other universities, the NYC Department of Education, and other organizations. These relationships allow us to dedicate our resources to a more comprehensive body of rigor... Read More
  • David Crook (CUNY)
    CUNY Biography... Read More
  • David Kang
    David Kang is a Technical Research Associate for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Kang is the senior technical analyst on a variety of projects, including our evaluations of the NYC Department of Education’s federally-funded InnovateNYC Ecosystem, an effort to improve the s... Read More
  • Edgar Rivera-Cash
    Edgar Rivera-Cash is a Research Analyst (I) at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. He brings several years of experience as a qualitative researcher. Edgar contributes to the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the New York City Department of Education’s Computer Science for A... Read More
  • Elaine Allensworth (UChicago Consortium on School Research)
    UChicago Consortium Biography... Read More
  • Executive Director's Corner
    Message from James Kemple In October 2007, the Research Alliance for New York City Schools was an ambitious idea—a vision for how researchers, policymakers, and educators could come together to develop “better evidence for better schools.” We began with two staff members and four ... Read More
  • Howard Bloom (MDRC)
    MDRC Biography... Read More
  • James Diamond (Education Development Center)
    EDC Biography... Read More
  • James J. Kemple
    Dr. James Kemple is the Executive Director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and Research Professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Dr. Kemple is particularly well known for his work examining high school reform efforts... Read More
  • Jasmine Soltani
    Jasmine Soltani is the Data Manager at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Jasmine contributes statistical analyses to a variety of Research Alliance projects. She also helps to build, maintain, and secure the Research Alliance’s archive of data about New York City schools, assist... Read More
  • Jennifer Goldstein (CSU Fullerton; Previously, CUNY)
    California State University Fullerton Biography... Read More
  • Jennifer Jennings (NYU)
    NYU Biography... Read More
  • John Sludden
    John Sludden is a Research Analyst (I) at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. He brings several years of experience as a mixed-methods researcher. John’s work at the Research Alliance focuses on our study of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in New York City high schools. ... Read More
  • John Tyler (Brown University)
    Brown University Biography... Read More
  • Joseph McDonald (NYU)
    NYU Steinhardt Biography... Read More
  • Josh Wallack (NYC DOE)
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  • Josh Winter (NYC DOE)
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  • June Mark (Education Development Center)
    EDC Biography... Read More
  • Kathryn Hill
    Kathryn Hill is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Hill has experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including case studies, interviews, network analysis, and quasi-experimental designs. Dr. Hill contributes to a numb... Read More
  • Kayla Stewart
    Kayla Stewart is the Communications Coordinator of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, where she contributes to the execution of the Research Alliance’s communication strategy through the website, social media, and publications. Prior to joining the Research Alliance, Kayla worke... Read More
  • Kristin Black
    Kristin Black is an NYU-PIRT fellow at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and a doctoral student in the Teaching and Learning department at NYU Steinhardt, with a focus on English education. Her work at the Research Alliance supports the NYC Partnership for College Readiness and Su... Read More
  • Laura Osorio
    Laura Osorio is the Office Manager and Communications Assistant for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Laura’s administrative responsibilities include purchasing, human resources, budgeting, and liaising with other NYU offices. As the Communications Assistant, Laura helps to main... Read More
  • Laura Patterson (NYC DOE)
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  • Laurie Brotman (NYU Langone Medical Center)
    NYU Langone Medical Center Biography... Read More
  • Leslie Goodyear (Education Development Center)
    EDC Biography... Read More
  • Linda Tigani
    Linda Tigani is a Research Analyst (II) at the Research Alliance, where she contributes to our evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative. Linda is interested in the development of new schools and curricula, as well as the dynamics of student-teacher relationships. Prior to joining the Research ... Read More
  • Lisa Merrill
    Lisa Merrill is a Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Much of her work has focused on contexts that support effective teaching, as well as the use of data to inform district policies and classroom practices. She currently leads the Research Alliance’s evaluat... Read More
  • Matthew Kraft (Brown University)
    Brown University Biography... Read More
  • Michael Kieffer (NYU; previously Teachers College, Columbia University)
    NYU Biography... Read More
  • Michelle Paladino (NYC DOE)
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  • Molly Alter
    Molly Alter is the Data Manager and a Research Analyst at the Research Alliance. As a leader of the data team, Molly’s primary responsibility is building, maintaining, and securing the Research Alliance’s archive of data about New York City schools.  She also coordinates professiona... Read More
  • Nina Siman
    Nina is a Research Analyst at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, where she develops surveys and interview protocols, conducts fieldwork, and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data sets for a variety of program evaluations and studies of data use in NYC schools. Before joining the ... Read More
  • Pamela Morris
    NYU Steinhardt Biography... Read More
  • Patricia Chou
    Patricia Chou is a Research Analyst (I) at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. At the Research Alliance, Patricia contributes to management of the Research Alliance’s data archive and provides statistical programming and data analysis to a number of research projects. She approach... Read More
  • Paulina Toro Isaza
    Paulina Toro Isaza is a Research Analyst (I) at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Paulina contributes statistical analyses to the Research Alliance’s evaluations of Design2Learn and NYC's Computer Science for All Initiative. She also helps maintain and secure the Research Allian... Read More
  • Pilar Victoria
    Pilar Victoria is the Office Manager for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. In this role, Pilar supports all of the Research Alliance’s administrative needs, including purchasing, human resources, budgeting, and liaising with other NYU offices. Before joining the Research A... Read More
  • Rachel Cole
    Rachel Cole is a Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. She conducts quantitative research on projects related to educational equity, including formative and summative program evaluation. Dr. Cole contributes to a number projects for the Research Alliance, including D... Read More
  • Rebecca Unterman (MDRC)
    MDRC Biography... Read More
  • Richard Arum (NYU)
    NYU Steinhardt Biography... Read More
  • Rory Santaloci
    Rory Santaloci is a Junior Research Analyst at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Rory is working on the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative, which aims to improve post-secondary readiness among Black and Latino young men. Rory is conducting fieldwor... Read More
  • Sarah Cohodes (Harvard University)
    Harvard University Biography... Read More
  • Sarah Klevan
    Sarah Klevan is a Research Analyst (III) for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. She conducts qualitative research as part of the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative, our work on the Safe Public Spaces evaluation, and other projects related to sc... Read More
  • Sarah Truelsch (CUNY)
    CUNY Biography... Read More
  • Saskia Levy Thompson
    Saskia Levy Thompson joined the Research Alliance for New York City Schools as Deputy Director in Fall 2014. In this role, Ms. Thompson focuses on deepening the Research Alliance’s partnerships with educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders through the development of strategic new projec... Read More
  • Sean Corcoran (NYU)
    NYU Biography... Read More
  • Sharon Weinberg (NYU)
    NYU Steinhardt Biography... Read More
  • Shaun Dougherty (University of Connecticut)
    University of Connecticut Biography... Read More
  • Shifra Goldenberg
    Shifra Goldenberg is the Communications Coordinator for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. She manages the Research Alliance website and online presence, edits and produces publications, and supports a variety of other communications and public affairs efforts. Prior to joining the Re... Read More
  • Simone D'Souza (NYC DOE)
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  • Sophie McGuinness
    Sophie McGuinness is a Research Analyst (I) at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. She has experience with qualitative research and training in working with large administrative data. Sophie contributes to several Research Alliance projects, including our study of Career Technical Educa... Read More
  • Staff
    Leadership Team James Kemple, EdDExecutive Director Adriana Villavicencio, PhDDeputy Director Cheri Fancsali, PhDResearch Director Chelsea FarleyCommunications Director All Staff Adwoa K. Adjei-GyampoResource Manager Zohaib AnwarAnalyst I Kristin BlackNYU-PIRT Fellow Rachel Cole, PhDR... Read More
  • Staff
    James Kemple, Ed. D. -  Executive Director Saskia Levy Thompson-  Deputy Director Adwoa K. Adjei-Gyampo - Resource Manager Molly Alter - Data Manager & Research Analyst Christine Baker-Smith - IES-PIRT Fellow Kristin Black - IES-PIRT Fellow Walter Bourne - Training Spec... Read More
  • Staff
    James Kemple, Ed. D., Executive Director Saskia Levy Thompson, Deputy Director Adwoa K. Adjei-Gyampo, Resource Manager Molly Alter, Data Manager & Research Analyst Christine Baker-Smith, IES-PIRT Fellow Kristin Black, NYU-PIRT Fellow Walter Bourne, Training Specialist Vanessa Coca,... Read More
  • Steering Committee
    The Steering Committee of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools is charged with developing and guiding the mission, goals, and progress of the Research Alliance. The Committee may include up to 12 members who serve for staggered three year terms.  Augusta Souza Kappner, Chair- ... Read More
  • Susan Neuman (NYU)
    NYU Steinhardt Biography... Read More
  • Suzanne Wulach
    Suzanne Wulach is a Technical Research Analyst at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Suzanne contributes statistical analyses to a variety of Research Alliance projects.  She has also conducted fieldwork and qualitative analyses for the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the ... Read More
  • Tony Laing
    Tony Laing is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Laing is leading an in-depth qualitative study as part of the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative, which aims to improve college readiness among NYC’s Black and La... Read More
  • Vanessa Coca
    Vanessa Coca is an IES-PIRT Research fellow at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools.  Vanessa brings strong experience with quantitative research methods; she is particularly well versed in quasi-experimental designs. Her work focuses on college access, choice, and completion for tra... Read More
  • Walter Bourne
    Walter Bourne is the Research Alliance’s Training Specialist. In this role, he is responsible for melding IT into research workflow. He provides IT support, including Linux system management and documentation; software installation, including the SAS Intelligence Platform; data and system secu... Read More
  • Wendy Martin (Education Development Center)
    EDC Biography... Read More
  • William H. Marinell (Harvard GSE)
    Harvard GSE Biography... Read More
  • Ying Lu (NYU)
    NYU Biography... Read More
  • Zitsi Mirakhur
    Zitsi Mirakhur is a Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Mirakhur is a quantitative researcher, with training in demographic methods. Her work at the Research Alliance focuses on examining the factors that contribute to inequality for historically underserved Ne... Read More
  • Zohaib Anwar
    Zohaib Anwar is a Research Analyst (I) at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. He brings several years of experience as a quantitative researcher. Zohaib’s work at the Research Alliance focuses on our evaluation of iMentor’s College Ready Program and studies of Career Technic... Read More