Don Asay is The Data Center’s Program Manager. As the organization’s lead on youth-related research and program evaluation, Don is primarily responsible for developing and identifying future youth research concepts in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, in addition to supporting the data and analysis components of an education dashboard. Don is also responsible for overseeing the administration of the IMPACT Fellowship: Improving Measures & Practices through Action, Coaching, and Training, a training program to build capacity of organizations and individuals through improvements in data literacy to enhance programmatic impact.
Don comes to The Data Center after serving as the Assistant Director of Enrollment Analytics for the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). Don worked with the Enrollment team to ensure the accurate placement of over 50,000 students attending public schools in New Orleans. Prior to his work at OPSB, Don spent three years working for the New Orleans Office of Inspector General where he evaluated government programs and analyzed data provided by multiple government departments.
Don moved to Louisiana in 2009 to continue his graduate studies after spending three years working as a Research Analyst that specialized in higher education policy at a Boston-based consulting firm. While continuing his studies, Don worked as an instructor for the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University where he led several courses including Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, and Introduction to Statistics.