The Team

Sarah Burd-Sharps is Co-Director of Measure of America and co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as state and county-level well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Prior to this position, Sarah worked for the United Nations for over two decades, with a focus on economic empowerment, democratic, governance, and gender equity. Before she left the UN in 2007 to found Measure of America, she was Deputy Director of the UN Development Program’s Human Development Report Office, where she worked on three global Human Development Reports (Oxford University Press) and led the UN’s work on national human development reports on every continent. Sarah has worked in 14 African countries and is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and Chinese.

Sarah contributes regularly to media outlets, with research cited by the New York Times, The Nation, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review and more, and research cited by Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Freakonomics blog, and many more. She received a Master in International Affairs degree from Columbia University.

Kristen Lewis is Co-Director of Measure of America and co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Before founding Measure of America with co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps in 2007, Kristen was senior policy advisor to the water and sanitation task force of the UN Millennium Project, led by Jeffery Sachs, and was co-author of the task force report, Health, Dignity and Development: What Will It Take? (Earthscan, 2005). She previously worked at the United Nations for many years, first with UNIFEM and then as in UNDP’s policy bureau, and has served as a consultant on gender equality issues for numerous international development organizations, including UNICEF and UNFPA.

Kristen contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in the The Nation, Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others, research cited by The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Freakonomics blog, and frequent newspaper and radio interviews. She received a Master in International Affairs degree from Columbia University.

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Rebecca Tave Gluskin, Chief Statistician, leads the quantitative research and analysis efforts for Measure of America. She has served as the Director of Data Analysis and Data Services in the Bureau of Informatics at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She conducted post-doctoral work at Boston Children’s Hospital with the HealthMap.org. Rebecca holds a BS in Environmental Science from McGill University, an MS in Toxicology, and PhD in Epidemiology both from New York University.

Vikki Lassiter, Partnerships Specialist, provides strategic direction for stakeholder outreach and expanding Measure of America’s collaborative advantage to support research, advocacy, and bottom-up innovation.  Previously, Vikki was the senior advisor and executive director for the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network based at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.  Vikki’s prior work has focused on a number of issues related to change management, health equity, and community-partnered research. Vikki earned an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and BS in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Laura Laderman, Research Assistant, performs quantitative analysis and creates data visualizations for Measure of America.  She holds a BA in Physics and a minor in Statistics from Swarthmore College.  She was previously a Summer of Maps Fellow at Azavea, where she conducted geospatial analysis for non-profit organizations. In addition to making maps, she enjoys dancing, hiking, and growing vegetables.

Rupsha Basu, Program Assistant, assists with qualitative and quantitative analysis in support of Measure of America’s work. Among her other duties, she tends to the budget, logistics, and online presence of Measure of America. She recently graduated from Emory University with a BA in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Creative Writing and a minor in Political Science. In addition to working at Measure of America, she enjoys traveling, philosophy, and blues music.

Marina Recio, Program Assistant, assists with qualitative and quantitative analysis in support of Measure of America’s work. Among her other duties, she tends to the budget, logistics, and online presence of Measure of America. She recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University with a BA in Political Science and Communication and Media Studies. She was previously an intern at MSNBC and TIME Inc., and has contributed to NBC News Latino and The Fordham Observer.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Measure of America welcomes internship applications from qualified and interested candidates. For more information, please visit Opportunities.

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For media and all other inquiries, contact Rupsha Basu: rupsha@measureofamerica.org | (718) 517-3685.