Lamar Gardere, BS, MSCS

Executive Director

Lamar Gardere is Executive Director. Lamar is responsible for guiding The Data Center’s mission of democratizing actionable data, ensuring quality standards, and the continued impact of the organization. He leads The Data Center’s ongoing efforts to transform local culture to one that embraces data as an intrinsic component of sound decisionmaking and serves as its chief advocate for technology designed to enable greater data sharing and advanced statistical methods in New Orleans.

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Allison Plyer, BA, MBA, ScD

Chief Demographer

Allison Plyer is Chief Demographer. Dr. Plyer is co-author of Pathways to Prosperity, developed in collaboration with National Conference on Citizenship, which details both the impacts of climate change and the potential for federal investments to target the inequities these impacts create and compound. And Dr. Plyer is co-author of The New Orleans Prosperity Index which examines the extent to which economic outcomes have improved for Black New Orleanians since the end of the Civil Rights era.

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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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Katrina Andry - Project and Publications ManagerKatrina Andry, BA, PMP

Project and Publications Manager

Katrina Andry is Project and Publication Manager. Katrina ensures smooth execution of projects and initiatives from beginning to end by providing daily support, as well as continuous quality assurance and improvements.

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Donald J Asay Jr., BA, MA

Program Manager

Don Asay is The Data Center’s Program Manager. Don provides day-to-day management of youth-related data and analysis and oversees the administration of the IMPACT Fellowship: Improving Measures & Practices through Action, Coaching, and Training.

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Thomas Wilson

Data Warehouse Manager

Thomas Wilson is the Data Warehouse Manager for The Data Center. Thomas is responsible for the full range of database requirements, including implementation and maintenance of data warehouse environments, extraction and ETL tools, and reporting documentation.

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Haleigh Tomlin, BA

Data Analyst

Haleigh Tomlin is a Data Analyst at The Data Center.  Haleigh is skilled in statistical analysis and data visualization.

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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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