Previously, as Family Services Coordinator for the City of New York, Maryanne was responsible for identifying and implementing cross-agency collaborations to enhance services provided by the City's HHS agencies to those in need. She has also served as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning at the Department of Homeless Services and as Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Administration for Children's Services. Prior to joining city government, she was an adjunct professor at Hunter College of Social Work and held a variety of leadership positions at the non-profit organization Women In Need, Inc. Maryanne was also a consultant for 15 years specializing in the planning and evaluation of government and non-profit institutions in the United States and Europe. Maryanne holds a B.A. from the University of Montana, a Master of Social Work from Hunter College, and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Director of Policy & Research
Prior to joining CIDI, Eileen worked at the NYC Department of Homeless Services as the Assistant Commissioner of Policy and Planning. In that role she oversaw data analysis, public reporting and research activities for the agency. She also served as co-chair of the NYC Coalition on the Continuum of Care (CoC), the coalition of government representatives, advocates, providers, consumers and other stakeholders that oversee federal homeless assistance funding, and managed the division within DHS that supports the CoC's work. Before joining DHS, Eileen worked in grant writing and development for Good Shepherd Services. Eileen holds a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MPA from New York University.
Director of Information Design and Strategy
Neba is an expert at the intersection of design, technology, research, and data science. She translates complex problems into meaningful data-driven narratives that serve as means for action. She previously served as the Director of Innovation and Research Applications at a non-profit organization in DC. She has worked to develop analytical strategies and statistical models to produce data-driven market analysis that supports local economic development decision-making for public and private sector clients in more than 15 cities across the U.S. Her work mainly focused on informal economy, highlighting market potential of underserved neighborhoods, untapped demand for groceries and financial services, and she led market analysis workshops and gave presentations nationwide. She holds a Master of Science and Doctorate in Transportation Engineering from Rutgers University. She was named as one of the 'Best and Brightest' young urban leaders working in the U.S. to improve cities at the 2010 Next American City Vanguard Conference. She also was a member of research faculty at the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.
Originally from NJ, Andy previously worked as a professor in social psychology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. His research examined the escalation of violence, prejudice, and how physiological patterns--such as particular rhythms in the heart signal--relate to people's emotional wellbeing. He also has expertise applying statistical and computer science techniques to the prediction of behavior and events (e.g., with machine learning), visualizing patterns in data, and analyzing unstructured text. His work at CIDI has involved merging, structuring, mining, and analyzing large administrative datasets to do with education, rental subsidies, and health and human services.
Prior to CIDI, Jacob worked as a research assistant at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C. At PERF, Jacob conducted research projects on a wide range of policing topics, including use of force policies, electronic control weapon (incl. TASER) guidelines, department civilianization, and the efficacy of body armor as it ages. Jacob has designed, conducted, and analyzed nationally representative surveys of chief law enforcement officers. Jacob has also worked at Everytown for Gun Safety and the Concordia Summit in New York City. Jacob holds a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park in criminology and criminal justice, and an MPA from New York University.
Senior Research Analyst
Prior to joining CIDI, Erin was the Director of Research and Analysis at the New York City Board of Correction where she used research to provide data-informed recommendations to the Board on the experience of young adults in New York City jails, specifically regarding the development of alternatives to solitary confinement for this population. She has also worked as a policy analyst at the Department of Homeless Services where she was developed strategies to support the needs of children in New York City homeless shelters. In addition to her experience in policy and research, Erin is a licensed clinical social worker. At STEPS to End Family Violence she provided therapy to children and adults affected by domestic violence. Her therapeutic approach is informed by her expertise in attachment theory, adverse early childhood experiences, and inter-generational trauma. She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and an MSW from Fordham University.