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Research Advisory Council

The Partnership’s Research Advisory Council is made up of expert practitioners, advocates, and scholars from the public, private and nonprofit sectors who advise on our research agenda, challenge us to explore new ideas, and support the Partnership’s objective of providing greater impact through our work

Research Advisory Council members bring expertise to our research portfolio of forward thinking thought leadership to change the way government works; capacity-building tools to enhance government effectiveness; and analysis and benchmarking to drive government performance insights for leaders and accountability to the American people. Members of the Council will further the Partnership’s mission of building a better government and a stronger democracy.

Council Members

Director, Evidence Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Angela Bednarek directs the evidence project at Pew, which aims to promote and facilitate systemic change in the ways research is generated, mobilized, and used. She leads efforts to build collaborations among funders, researchers, decision-makers, and other stakeholders to identify and promote promising practices in actionable research and evidence-informed decision-making in a wide variety of sectors. Bednarek holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and studio art from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor, Northeastern University and Director, The Governance Lab
Beth Simone Noveck is a professor at Northeastern University, where she directs the Burnes Family Center for Social Change and Impact and its partner project, The Governance Lab (The GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. The author most recently of Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World (Yale Press 2021), she is also Core Faculty at the Institute for Experiential AI (IEAI) at Northeastern. New Jersey governor Phil Murphy appointed her as the state’s first Chief Innovation Officer and Chancellor Angela Merkel named her to her Digital Council in 2018.

Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University
Cori Zarek leads the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown which brings together students, expert practitioners, and extended networks to conduct research and work on projects that solve societal challenges using data, design, and technology to lead to better and more equitable outcomes. She served as Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Obama White House where she led work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government including helping to stand up and support the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Cori co-founded U.S. Digital Response in 2020 which matches pro-bono technologists to work with government and organizations responding to crisis, and she currently leads that organization’s advisory council.

Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government
Dan Chenok is Executive Director of the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He oversees all of the Center’s activities in connecting research to practice to benefit government, and has written and spoken extensively around government technology, cybersecurity, privacy, regulation, budget, acquisition, and Presidential transitions. Mr. Chenok previously led consulting services for Public Sector Technology Strategy, working with IBM government, healthcare, and education clients.

Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research
danah boyd is a Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology and society, with an eye to how structural inequities shape and are shaped by technologies. She is currently conducting a multi-year ethnographic study of the US census to understand how data are made legitimate. For more: http://www.danah.org

Senior Fellow, Center for Evaluation Innovation
Efraín Gutiérrez (he/his) is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI) where he focuses on re-imagining strategy, evaluation, and research practices so that philanthropy is in service of racial equity and justice. Before CEI he served as inaugural Head of Impact and Evaluation at the Obama Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara Mexico and a master’s from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. He is a proud queer immigrant from Capilla de Guadalupe, a small town in Jalisco Mexico, and currently lives in San Francisco CA.

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Co-Director of The People Lab, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Elizabeth Linos is the Michelle J. Schwartz Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director of The People Lab at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the government workforce and service delivery specifically on how we can improve diversity in recruitment and selection, how to reduce burnout at work, and how different work environments affect performance and motivation in government. She also studies how to use low-cost interventions to reduce administrative burdens that low-income households face when interacting with their government. Dr. Linos was the former Vice President and Head of Research and Evaluation at the Behavioral Insights Team in North America working with government agencies in the U.S. and U.K. to improve programs using behavioral science and to build capacity around rigorous evaluation. She also worked directly in government as a policy advisor to the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, focusing on social innovation and public sector reform.

Data Science Director, Code for America
Eric is a social scientist turned data scientist. He’s done research in a variety of settings, spanning government, small and large tech companies, and nonprofits. Most recently, he was at the California Department of Justice working to make data more widely available for the public, journalists, and academics. He has published on social support, justice reform, and technology and society. Eric has a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and an M.S. and B.A. from Stanford.

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Protect Democracy
Ian Bassin is co-founder and Executive Director of Protect Democracy. He previously served as Associate White House Counsel, where in addition to counseling the President and senior White House staff on administrative and constitutional law, his responsibilities included ensuring that White House and executive branch officials complied with the laws, rules and norms that protect the fundamentally democratic nature of our government. His writing on democracy, authoritarianism, and American law and politics has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon and other publications. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Truman National Security Project and the Truman Center for National Policy
Jenna Ben-Yehuda is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Truman National Security Project and the Truman Center for National Policy. A former State Department official with private sector experience, Ben-Yehuda is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on U.S. national security, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the founder of Women’s Foreign Policy Network, a global community of 6,500 women.

Vice President, Strategic Engagements and Partnerships, MITRE
James Cook is vice president for Strategic Engagement and Partnerships at MITRE. In this role, he leads strategic corporate partnership interactions with the executive agencies and Congress and promotes development of new strategic partnerships with the private sector, academia, and other non-profit, associations and foundations to address public interest challenges at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

President and CEO, Rodel Leadership Institute
John has had a distinguished career in higher education and public service, including prior work as a United States Marine, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Attorney General of Oregon, President of Reed College, Vice President of the Aspen Institute, and Chief Learning Officer of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.  He has taught throughout his career, with appointments as Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, Hauser Leader in Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Visiting Professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, and Visiting Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University.  He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rodel Leadership institute.

Executive Vice President, Global Programs, The Barack Obama Foundation
Laura Lucas Magnuson is the Executive Vice President for Global Programs at the Obama Foundation, where she leads efforts to support and train young leaders around the world. She previously served as Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Laura was a Foreign Service Officer for more than a decade, serving at the U.S. embassies in Nepal and the Czech Republic, as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and in the White House as a spokesperson and Director of Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, responsible for Europe and Russia, South and Central Asia, cybersecurity, and international economic policy.

President, Data Foundation
Nick Hart, Ph.D. is President of the Data Foundation, a national non-profit organization that works to improve government, business, and society through open data and evidence-informed public policy. He is a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and with the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Hart previously served as the Policy and Research Director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking and worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Professor & Chair of the Faculty, North Carolina State University
RaJade M. Berry-James. Ph.D. is chair of the faculty and professor of public administration in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at NC State University. Jade is an elected fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration and vice-chair of the Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance. In her book Why Research Methods Matter: Essential Skills in Decision Making (2018 | Melvin & Leigh), Jade explains evidence-based decision making to evaluate public policies, programs, and practices. Jade is currently evaluating the North Carolina Farm to Early Care and Education initiative and working with the VCU Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE) as an equity consultant.

Founder, Amplified Research and Consulting
Russell Robinson is the founder of Amplified Research + Consulting, LLC, where his work focuses on conducting research and providing solutions to employee engagement, employee voice and talent management challenges.  As a passionate champion of employee engagement, Russell has spoken at several domestic and international conferences focusing on aspects that improve the workforce experience for civil servants.  Russell holds a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Organizational Learning from George Washington University.  He received his Master’s in Public Administration degree from American University and his Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the University of Dayton.

Executive Director, University of Chicago Center for Effective Government
Sadia Sindhu is the founding executive director of the University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG), a premier research institute designed to study, debate, and advance reforms that strengthen democratic institutions and improve the capacity of government to solve public problems. Sadia holds an MS in higher education policy from Northwestern University and a BSFS in international politics from Georgetown University. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Vice President of Research, PolicyLink
Sarah Treuhaft, Vice President of Research at PolicyLink, develops the research agenda to support PolicyLink policy priorities, oversees research across the organization, and expands our research partnerships. Sarah oversees our National Equity Atlas partnership with USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute (ERI). She holds master’s degrees in city planning and international and area studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a part of the UCLA Housing Justice in Unequal Cities Network.

John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University
Suzanne Mettler is the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University. She has written six books, including The Government-Citizen Disconnect, The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy, and Soldiers to Citizens: The GI Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation. She has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships. She is currently researching the rural-urban political divide.