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Senior Research Associate
Clare Irwin

Clare Irwin is highly experienced in measurement, research methods, and early education research. She applies her experience and expertise across a wide range of activities including conducting quantitative and qualitative studies of early...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Senior Project Director
David Jacobson

David Jacobson works with states, districts, and communities to improve early education and care for low-income children and their families. He specializes in building effective prenatal through Grade 3 (P–3) systems with the aim of closing...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Senior Research Associate
Janna Kook

Janna Kook advances the field’s knowledge of effective early childhood education and early STEM learning and teaching, with a focus on the link between teacher professional development and child outcomes. An experienced researcher and program...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Jessica Lavorgna

Jessica Lavorgna engages families and communities in school improvement initiatives that close opportunity gaps for children and promote their academic achievement. She brings experience in and passion for family and community engagement, adult...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Research Scientist
Ashley Lewis Presser

Ashley Lewis Presser leads education research that has a special focus on investigating the effectiveness of preschool math and science interventions and develops assessments for children. She brings expertise in conducting quasi-experimental and...

Mailing Address

96 Morton Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Senior Project Director
Loraine Lucinski

Loraine Lucinski brings extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating child wellness programs and systems change initiatives at both the local and state levels.  She is committed to motivating others to tackle complex challenges,...

Mailing Address

1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Suite 700 West
Washington, DC  20007

Senior Project Director
Mary Mackrain

Mary Mackrain is a nationally recognized expert in infant and early childhood mental health, child development, resilience, and early childhood education. She specializes in providing national- and state-level training, technical assistance,...

Mailing Address

450 Cambridge Street
Birmingham, Michigan 48009

Senior Project Director
Jana Martella

Jana Martella is the Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)-sponsored comprehensive technical assistance Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO). Martella brings to her work...

Mailing Address

1025 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Suite 700 West
Washington, DC 20007

Research Associate II
Kelley O'Carroll

Kelley O’Carroll brings extensive experience in education, program evaluation, and research in child development and family engagement to her work in early childhood education.  She applies her efforts to programs for both institutional and at-...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Training and Technical Assistance Associate II
Sheila Orphanides

Sheila Grant Orphanides has extensive expertise in promoting the optimal health and development of children from birth to age three as a teacher, administrator, researcher, early intervention specialist, consultant, and professional development...

Mailing Address

535 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Warwick, RI 02886

Vice President and Director
Shelley Pasnik

Shelley Pasnik leads a team that advances knowledge of how the thoughtful use of technology can support educators in enhancing learning, engaging families, and closing opportunity gaps. Her long-term research on...

Mailing Address

96 Morton Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Training and Technical Assistance Associate II
Brenda Potter

Brenda Potter is an expert in child development, early care and education, and program development and quality improvement. Her extensive work in center-based and home visiting programs serving high-risk populations, public school inclusive early...

Mailing Address

535 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Warwick, RI 02886

Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate

Marcy Raska specializes in fostering creative collaborations and integrating early childhood home visitation services to address health disparities and improve outcomes for young children and their families. She brings extensive experience in...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Research Scientist
Kristen Reed

Kristen Reed leads studies that provide new insights into early childhood education and early mathematics learning and teaching, with a focus on the link between teacher professional development and student outcomes. Her work reflects her...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Distinguished Scholar
Gary Resnick

Gary Resnick, a nationally recognized expert in child development research, brings decades of experience at the nexus of child development and program evaluation. He has evaluated early childhood development programs, assessed young children’s...

Mailing Address

999 16th St. #9
San Francisco, CA  94107

Research Scientist
Heidi Rosenberg

Heidi Rosenberg is an expert in family engagement in children’s learning, early childhood education, and evaluation strategies to assess the impact of child- and family-serving programs. Her current work reflects the increasing recognition of the...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Research Associate II
Deborah Rosenfeld

Deborah Rosenfeld is an early mathematics education researcher, instructional designer, and professional developer. She is committed to improving educational outcomes for all children, particularly those from underserved communities. She has...

Mailing Address

96 Morton Street, 7th Fl
New York, New York 10014 

Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Sherrie Rudick

Sherrie Rudick brings expertise in early childhood education, product development, curriculum design, project management, facilitation of adult learning, and web-based learning. She has a deep commitment to promoting young children’s school...

Mailing Address

1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Suite 700W
Washington, DC 20007

Principal Research Scientist
Diane Schilder

Diane Schilder leads research, evaluation, and policy analysis initiatives that advance knowledge of innovative, effective approaches to promoting young children’s school readiness and success. Her work focuses on child care, early education, and...

Mailing Address

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate
Steven Shuman

Steven Shuman, an expert in child development, health, and technical assistance, supports program leaders in ensuring young children's well-being and school readiness. For decades, he has worked to improve early childhood education and public...

Mailing Address

1735 Capri Circle
Palm Springs, California 92264