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Lamar Gardere, BS, MS 

Executive Director

Lamar Gardere is Executive Director. Lamar is responsible for guiding The Data Center’s mission of democratizing data into realistic action, ensuring quality standards and the ongoing impact of the organization. In addition, he is responsible for leading The Data Center’s ongoing efforts to transform local culture to one that embraces data as an intrinsic component of sound decisionmaking.

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Allison Plyer, BA, MBA, ScD

Chief Demographer

Allison Plyer is Chief Demographer. Dr. Plyer is author of The New Orleans Index series, developed in collaboration with the Brookings Institution to analyze the state of the New Orleans recovery and later to track the region’s progress toward prosperity.

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Dabne Whitemore, BA, MA 

Development and Finance Director

Dabne Whitemore is Development and Finance Director. Dabne provides day-to-day leadership of internal operations to help staff and board sustainably deliver on high impact goals. This is realized by overseeing systems of fund development, fiscal management, technology infrastructure, emergency management, and risk management.

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Keisha Smith, BS, MEd, PhD

Director of Products and Publications

Keisha Smith is Director of Products and Publications. Dr. Smith works with the team to develop comprehensive workflow processes, refine and formalize information design and style based on audience analysis, manages the final production steps of all The Data Center’s information products, and is responsible for continuous quality improvement.

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olivier_160928_lores_1704Bernardo Espinosa, BS

Research Analyst

Bernardo Espinosa is Research Analyst at The Data Center. Bernardo has expertise in data management, simulations, statistical analysis, engineering, and financial modeling.

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Andre Perry, PhD

Andre Perry is a consultant for The Data Center. Dr. Perry is an education leader, author and advisor to people working to improve education in K-12 and postsecondary institutions.

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Rashida Govan, PhD

Rashida Govan is a consultant for The Data Center. Dr. Govan is an educator, activist and writer who has worked for almost 20 years in education and youth development.

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Elaine Ortiz, BA, MS

Elaine Ortiz is a consultant for The Data Center. Elaine is expert in economic and demographic data for applied research to support informed decisionmaking and more resilient communities.

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Jake Cowan, BS, MPA

Jake Cowan is a consultant for The Data Center. Jake has nearly 15 years of experience as an analyst, manager and leader in the nonprofit and public sectors.

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