Director of Research & Evaluation
Drew Allen is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs at CUNY. He oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive research and evaluation strategy, with the aim of providing program directors and their staff with data and information essential to program development and improvement. Since joining CUNY in 2008, he has helped shaped the evaluation agenda for the University’s college readiness programs in NYC public schools across the city by leading a variety of research projects and developing a strong team of analysts to support rigorous and timely analysis. Mr. Allen has presented research at numerous academic conferences and has co-authored a chapter on dual enrollment outcomes in a recent volume of New Directions for Higher Education. Prior to joining CUNY, Mr. Allen worked as a senior quantitative researcher for the Screen Actors Guild. He holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education at New York University.
Junior Research Analyst
Amanda Babine is a Jr. Research Analyst and focuses much of her work on the College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Program (COPE). Before coming to CUNY, Amanda worked as a Research Associate at Columbia University and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. In both positions she conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis on child welfare policies and practices. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Policy.
Senior Coordinator of Research & Evaluation for Collaborative Programs
Dr. Bruno joined CUNY Collaborative Programs in September 2008. She has assisted in the design and implementation of evaluation plans for several pre-college education programs that included both quantitative and qualitative components. Prior to joining CUNY, Dr. Bruno conducted job analyses for the Port Authority of NY & NJ and constructed and administered oral, written and practical examinations. Dr. Bruno has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Baruch College. She has presented several of her research projects at annual conventions for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, as well as co-authored multiple papers.
John Capman recently joined the Research & Evaluation Unit as a Research Analyst and is focusing his efforts on a comprehensive evaluation of the Early College Initiative. Working closely with program staff, Mr. Capman will develop quantitative and qualitative analyses focused on CUNY’s Early College schools and will develop data reporting tools to help inform the program’s ongoing development. Mr. Capman comes to CUNY from JP Morgan Chase where he served as an Organizational Development Officer and oversaw development and implementation of evaluation tools for employee engagement and training. Mr. Capman is currently a doctoral candidate in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Baruch College/CUNY Graduate Center. He holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Rhode Island College and a BA in psychology from Rutgers University.
Assistant Director of Research & Evaluation
Janelle Clay is the Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation. Janelle oversees the evaluation of the CUNY CareerPATH program and key workforce development and continuing education initiatives. Janelle joined CUNY in May 2012. Prior to working at CUNY, Ms. Clay was the Deputy Director for Research and Evaluation at the NYC Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) where she was responsible for evaluating the division’s tax-time and asset building initiatives. Ms. Clay holds a master’s degree in Urban Policy Studies from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Sociology from Emory University.
Sargeant Donovan-Smith is a part-time Research Associate and focuses much of her work on conducting quantitative analysis of the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP). Prior to joining the team Sargeant worked as an 11th and 12th grade mathematics teacher in the Bronx and a lecturer in Mathematics at Cuttington University in Liberia. While in Liberia, she developed a non-remedial precalculus curriculum for college students with interrupted formal education. Sargeant has a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Teachers College and a B.A. in Economics from Williams College.
Aaron Horenstein joined the Research and Evaluation Unit in June 2012 as a Research Analyst, after receiving his master’s degree in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University. While in graduate school, Mr. Horenstein interned with the Social Science Research Council where he analyzed population data from U.S. government sources and assisted with calculating the American Human Development Index, a numerical measure representing the distribution of well-being in America. Before returning to school, Mr. Horenstein investigated a variety of economic and social trends while working for ORC International and the Corporate Executive Board.
Policy and Research Analyst
Adenike Huggins joined CUNY Collaborative Programs Research and Evaluation Unit in August 2011 as Policy and Research Analyst after working with the CUNY School Support Organization and Early College Initiative since 2007. In her former role, Ms. Huggins' work included managing a database of college coursetaking for early college schools and providing program evaluation. She also designed and conducted professional development around use of data tools to inform instructional and programmatic planning at schools. Ms. Huggins had an opportunity to create an evaluation plan and design surveys for a pre-college summer program, co-author the final report, and present program recommendations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and an MPA with a focus on Policy Analysis and Evaluation both from Baruch College.
Norman Ornelas Jr.
Norman Ornelas Jr. is a Data Assistant for the Research and Evaluation Unit and is a graduate student at NYU Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service where he is pursuing his Masters in Urban Planning. He has worked with staff in reviewing the Math and Science Partnership program by aggregating NYC DOE data and creating school profiles for each campus. He is currently working on a spatial analysis project for the CUNY Start program where he is examining the effects of travel distance to school on student outcomes. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography with a minor in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach.
Rimmel Pereira is a Data Specialist and focuses much of her work on the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) initiative, a partnership between CUNY and several NYC schools. Rimmel works closely with the MSP program staff and the research team to develop and manage databases and systems to help inform program management and evaluation. Rimmel joined CUNY in 2010, working at Queens College as an IT Assistant and Data Manager for the Office of Institutional Advancement, there she worked with large datasets and reporting tools to support fundraising and outreach efforts. Rimmel holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a concentration on database administration and systems.
Diana Strumbos is a Research Analyst and focuses much of her work on acomprehensive evaluation of the CUNY Service Corps during its pilot year. Working closely with program staff, Ms. Strumbos is developing and carrying out a rigorous evaluation designed to help us understand the Service Corps and its impact on students and partners. Prior to joining our team at CUNY, Ms. Strumbos was the Director of Evaluation at Single Stop USA where she led the research and evaluation team and set priorities for the organization’s research and evaluation work nationally. Ms. Strumbos is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Althea Webber is a Research Analyst for the CUNY Collaborative Programs. Althea works closely with program staff to develop data support strategies and is instrumental in the Unit's work with NYC DOE data. Before coming to CUNY, Althea worked as a Research and Evaluation Associate at Single Stop USA, managing and analyzing data on the organization's anti-poverty initiatives. As part of this position, Althea worked on an in-depth analysis to assess the potential academic and financial impacts of Single Stop USA’s community college initiative. Althea received her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on social policy and non-profit management. She also holds a BA in History from Middlebury College.
Database Administration Manager
Mervin Williams is responsible for developing and maintaining a range of databases, establishing business rules, and developing documentation of data and reporting protocols. Mr. Williams specializes in the development and implementation of best practices for the management of program databases, including the assurance of database policies and procedures, data integrity, data extraction and report customization. He also works with the CUNY Computing and Information Services to provide technical assistance to users, troubleshoot and resolve application and database related problems, support staff with the use of program databases, and provide support and training in use of applications. Mr. Williams provides specialized training to new and existing staff in response to changing roles, business processes and database functionality. In his former role Mr. Williams worked as the Deputy Database Manager for Collaborative Programs at CUNY.