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Carson C. Hicks, Ph.D. | Deputy Executive Director

Carson C. Hicks is the Deputy Executive Director of NYC Opportunity. In this role she oversees the day-to-day work of NYC Opportunity and its staff. She also serves as an in-house consultant on evaluation design and methodology. Dr. Hicks has held various senior leadership positions since joining NYC Opportunity in 2007. From 2011-2014 she was the Director of Programs and Evaluation. Prior to joining NYC Opportunity, Carson was a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University and Managing Editor of the Journal of Sociological Methodology. She completed her undergraduate degree at New York University and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University.

David S. Berman | Director, Programs and Evaluation

David S. Berman is the Director of Programs and Evaluation for NYC Opportunity. In this role, Mr. Berman helps to launch new NYC Opportunity initiatives, and oversees the NYC Opportunity team that works with City agencies on program development, implementation, performance monitoring and evaluation for all of NYC Opportunity's initiatives. David's past work at NYC Opportunity has included helping to create new performance management strategies, and overseeing innovative workforce development initiatives, as well as programs serving and disconnected youth and NYC Opportunity's public health programs.  Mr. Berman holds master's degrees from Columbia University in both Public Administration and Public Health, and graduated from Oberlin College.

Adam Cohen | Special Policy Advisor

Adam Cohen is Special Policy Advisor for NYC Opportunity. In this role, he works in a variety of areas, ranging from offering advice on policy issues and legal matters to helping to plan communications strategy. He has played a significant role in helping to draft a mayoral executive order on equity and in developing a privacy policy for the City's public housing broadband service.  Prior to joining NYC Opportunity, Mr. Cohen was the chief speechwriter for the Mayor.  Before coming to the City, he served as a senior policy advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Kate Dempsey | Director, Strategy and Operations

Kate Dempsey oversees NYC Opportunity's $100 million Innovation Fund, a public-private partnership that supports the implementation and evaluation of NYC Opportunity's pilot anti-poverty programs. She also manages a portfolio of workforce development programs that includes Jobs-Plus. Prior to NYC Opportunity, Ms. Dempsey conducted policy and budget analysis with municipal and state governments. She also has extensive community development experience that includes one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Philadelphia and two years a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Boston University and a master's degree in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011 City and State named her a "Rising Star" in NYC government.

Christine D'Onofrio, Ph.D. | Director, Poverty Research

Christine D'Onofrio oversees NYC Opportunity's efforts to develop a new methodology for measuring poverty in the City, along with NYC Opportunity's work in tracking other indicators of well-being among its target populations.  Dr. D'Onofrio's work includes overseeing the use of the NYC Opportunity's poverty measure as a tool in developing new policies in the areas of opportunity and inequality. She has previously worked as a research and budget analyst and developed models to estimate the effects of taxation and tax credits on the poverty rate.

Elizabeth Kadernauth | Director, Administration and Finance

Elizabeth Kadernauth is the Director of Administration and Finance at NYC Opportunity. In her role, she works as a liaison with city and non-city entities to support and implement citywide policy expansion, and is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the budget, financing and operations of NYC Opportunity's digital product portfolio. Prior to NYC Opportunity, Ms. Kadernauth worked as a Medical Economics Analyst at the NYS Catholic Health Plan with a focus on transitioning long-term care services under a managed care system, and at the Mayor's Office of Management as a Budget Analyst for NYC's $6B Medicaid budget. She holds a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from Boston University, and a B.A in Economics and Biological Sciences.

Sinead Keegan | Director, Knowledge Management & Strategic Initiatives

Sinead Keegan oversees the overall implementation of the Mayor's Fund/NYC Opportunity Social Innovation Fund initiatives. In partnership with the Mayor's Fund and MDRC, NYC Opportunity received a Social Innovation Fund Award to pilot successful anti-poverty initiatives in seven cities nationwide. Ms. Keegan works in collaboration with a network of public policy experts, foundation and city leaders, and with the Corporation for the National and Community Service to soundly implement the pilots. Ms. Keegan holds a Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Mari Nakano | Director, Design

Mari Nakano leads the Service Design Studio Team, which is focused on building up the capacity of our government colleagues to understand and apply service design methodologies to improve services, programs, and processes through evidence-based, user-centered and creative approaches. She oversees our Designing for Opportunity projects which focus on deep partnerships with City agencies tackling poverty and inequity and focuses heavily on building strategies to help scale design thinking across the City. Prior to NYC Opportunity, Mari served as the Design Lead for UNICEF’s Office of Innovation. She has extensive experience shaping how design functions and adds value in multi-disciplinary government and non-governmental spaces. Mari holds an M.F.A. in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design, and a B.A. in Asian American Studies and a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sara Shoener | Director of Equity NYC

Sara Shoener oversees EquityNYC, which supports City agencies in building their capacity to increase racial and social equity in New York City. This work includes the EquityNYC report, which is a digital hub for City data and strategies, and the Results for Equity program, which engages City agencies in a year-long equity assessment and planning process using anti-racist principles and Results-Based Accountability methodology. Previously, Sara worked on the development of NYC interagency initiatives such as the Unity Project, the Commission on Gender Equity, and programs to reduce the collateral consequences of incarceration on family members. Sara received her Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University, where she studied gender-based violence survivors’ experiences with local government systems.

Haiyan Sui | Director, Technology and Product

Haiyan Sui is the Director of Technology Development at NYC Opportunity. She leads the infrastructure team that provides robust platform support for data application and digital products NYC Opportunity builds. Haiyan partners closely with other teams to ensure the proper technology solution is adopted and fits into the overall technology ecosystem. She serves as a liaison between NYC Opportunity and DoITT. Prior to joining NYC Opportunity, she worked as a technology leader in digital advertising industry as well as in IT organization. She is also a passionate Agile practitioner with extensive Agile adoption experience. Haiyan holds master's degree of Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.

Tayyab Walker | Director, Enterprise Data Solutions

Tayyab Walker is the Director of Enterprise Data Solutions at NYC Opportunity. In his role, he oversees a strategic technology and policy framework that supports inter-agency data sharing efforts including Worker Connect - a federated data technology that integrates data across several NYC social service agencies. Prior to this, he managed several complex technology projects across the city's health and human services domain including the implementation of a multi-TB Oracle data warehouse at the NYC Human Resources Administration.


Ashley Cortez | Design Lead
Abigail Fisher | Design Lead
Daniel Lee | UX/UI and Communication Designer
Lyndsey Marie Richardson | Deputy Design Director
Karra Tuluenga | Program Manager


Oonagh Jordan | Advisor

Enterprise Data Solutions

Shakil Assi | Sr. Systems Analyst
Nelson Cocorpus | Director, Integration Services
Vanessa Edwards | Director, Data Governance and Policy
Sandy Lee | Senior Developer
Sujin Lee | Deputy Director, Analytics
Che Liao | Deputy Director, Integration Services
Alicia Mathews | Implementation Manager
Sukhjinder Nahal | Developer
Adam Santos | Sr. Data Scientist
Aarti Shah | QA Engineer

Poverty Research

John Krampner | Research Associate
Jihyun Shin, Ph.D. | Deputy Director, Poverty Research


Jack Ding | UX Content Strategist
Song Hia | Sr. Product Manager
Navindra Kewal | Product Manager
Hilina Mohammed | Sr. Business Analyst
Darnell Sessoms | Deputy Product Director

Programs & Evaluation

Sola Amusan | Assistant Director, Program and Performance
Shehab Chowdhury | Sr. Advisor
Alexa Mincey | Sr. Advisor
Parker Krasney | Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships
Madeleine Taylor-McGrane | Advisor

Strategy & Operations

Brigit Beyea | Deputy Director, Strategy & Operations
Xena Rivera | Sr. Management Advisor


Devon Hirth | Digital Product Designer
Sholom Sanders | Config/Deploy Engineer
Alisher Yuldashev | Application System Administrator

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