Our Team & Partners

Core Team Members

Principal Investigator: Joanna Geller
NYU Metro Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

Sara McAlister, Wendy Perez, Joy Sanzone, Rosann Tung
NYU Metro Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

Anne Henderson & Kate Gill Kressley
Senior Consultants

Thanks to former team members, Vianna Alcantara and Samuel Ashley.

Organizational Consultants


Algorhythm is an “impact science” company that enables non-profit agencies to collect rigorous evaluation data and to make meaning of it in real time. Non-profits can see the data they collect immediately, rather than having to wait until the data are no longer useful for making improvements. Algorhythm’s technical expertise, combined with their philosophical alignment with the values of participatory evaluation, makes this company a natural partner. Algorhythm will support our team to develop quantitative measures that are valid, reliable, and relevant to the lives of parent leaders.

Project Impact

Project Impact helps non­profits define and evaluate impact and improve programs and strategies based on evaluation. We are collaborating with Project Impact to design and facilitate training, coaching, and a community of practice for the pilot cohort of the Parent Leadership Evaluation Network.

Additional Partners

Thought Partners and Funders

Irene Lee
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Jenefer O’Dell
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Lynda Parmeley
Hagedorn Foundation

Ada Sanchez
Peppercorn Foundation

Elaine Zimmerman
Administration for Children and Families

Advisory Board

Danielle Asher
Family Leadership Network

Eileen Forlenza

Soo Hong
Wellesley College

Mary Ignatius
Parent Voices

Ann Ishimaru
University of Washington

Karen Mapp
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Aurenlio Montemayor
Intercultural Research and Development Association

Claire Reinelt

Deloris Vaughn
Everyday Democracy

PLI Advisory Board
PLI Advisory Board

Parent Leadership Evaluation Network

A Resource in Serving Equality (ARISE)  -- South Texas
Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)  -- Chicago,IL
Organizers in the Land of Enchantment -- New Mexico
Parent Ambassadors -- Washington state
Parents for Public Schools -- Mississippi, with chapters across the country
Parent Leadership Training Institute of Greater Rochester (PLTI) --  Rochester, NY
Parent Voices -- California

Parent Leadership Site Visit Organizations

ARISE (A Resource in Serving Equality). 
Special thanks to Lourdes Flores, Ramona Casas, Michael Siefert, and Aurelio Montemayor.

Parent Leadership Initiative of Long Island and Choice 4 All. 
Special thanks to Danielle Asher, Lynette Batts, Jacob Dixon, and Dorothy Santana.

The Mississippi Low-Income Childcare Initiative. 
Special thanks to Carol Burnett and Mary Harrington