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.
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.
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.
Dr. Robert Habans is The Data Center’s Economist. As the organization’s lead expert on local and regional economic analysis, Dr. Habans is primarily responsible for developing and conducting research projects that focus on economic development and workforce development, water management and coastal resilience, inclusive economic growth, and related topics.
Jenna Losh is a Data Analyst at The Data Center. Jenna’s skills include statistical and predictive modeling and optimization.
Senior Data Analyst
Rachel Weinstein is a Senior Data Analyst at The Data Center. Rachel has expertise in the management and analysis of population data relating to health and equity.
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.
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.
Cody Brumfield is The Data Center’s Web Developer. Cody is responsible for web-based products and initiatives ensuring robust functionality that can communicate complex information in interesting, intuitive, and relevant ways.
Research Associate, Sociologist
Dr. Amy Teller is a Research Associate at The Data Center. She is building upon work begun as a Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences (NASEM) Fellow in 2019-2020. Dr. Teller is primarily responsible for conducting research on water management, coastal restoration, and climate adaptation with an equity and inclusion lens.
Gulf Research Program Fellow
Ellen Kujawa is a National Academies of Sciences, Gulf Research Program Fellow hosted at The Data Center through August 2021. Ellen primarily contributes to The Data Center’s work on coastal resilience, water management, and equity.
Erica Amrine is management support for The Data Center. Erica has more than a decade of experience in the start-up and management of non-profit, community, and art oriented organizations and programs.
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.
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.