Staff

Lamar Gardere, BS, MSCS

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.  Learn More ->


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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Robert Habans, PhD

Economist

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.

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Jenna Losh, BS, MA

Data Analyst

Jenna Losh is a Data Analyst at The Data Center. Jenna’s skills include statistical and predictive modeling and optimization.

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Rachel Weinstein, BS, MPH

Data Analyst

Rachel Weinstein is a Data Analyst at The Data Center. Rachel has expertise in the management and analysis of population data relating to health and equity.

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Erica Amrine, BA, BS

Management Support

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.

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Consultants

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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.  Learn More ->