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Abi Warren

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Abi Warren

Abi Warren is a former Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining the team, Abi researched social integration challenges faced by migrant farmworkers in upstate New York and led an outreach program providing English instruction to farmworkers. At Cornell University she worked as a research assistant, investigating paradoxes in global finance and the reign of the dollar as the world’s dominant reserve currency. Her international work experiences include teaching English in southern India and Spain and dairy farming in Ecuador.

She received a BA in Economics from Cornell University with a minor in Spanish.

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Abigail Kim

Alumni

Abigail Kim

Abigail Kim is a former Senior Associate at ideas42. Previously, she served as a business development associate at International Relief and Development, a leading implementer of overseas development assistance. Abigail has also worked for The Management Center, an organization that helps nonprofits get better results by teaching critical management skills, and for the North East Asia field office of the International Crisis Group. In addition to fieldwork in North and Southeast Asia, she has conducted assessments in Haiti and post-revolution Egypt. Abigail holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Abigail Sussman

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Abigail Sussman

Abigail Sussman, Assistant Professor of Marketing, is interested in how consumers form judgments and make decisions, from underlying mechanisms to applications. She investigates questions at the intersection of consumer behavior, psychology, and economics, with the aim of improving human welfare. Her central research examines psychological biases that can lead consumers to commit errors in budgeting, spending, and borrowing. She also explores how the same biases extend beyond financial domains to choices in other areas.

Sussman’s prior experience includes work at Goldman Sachs in its equity research division. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in cognitive science and economics, and a joint PhD from the psychology department and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Adam S. Levine

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Adam S. Levine

Adam S. Levine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. his research and teaching focuses largely on questions of political communication — how the language used to describe policies, social problems, and American politics more generally affects (a) the attitudes that people hold and (b) their willingness to become politically active. In doing so, he engages in a series of topics fundamental to the democratic process: how individuals form political preferences, when they spend scarce resources expressing those preferences, and why we observe some kinds of policy change and not others. Focal substantive areas include economic insecurity, economic inequality, climate change, same-sex marriage, campaign finance, and national security.

A central piece of his work is a new book entitled American Insecurity: Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction. In 2011, he won the E.E. Schattschneider prize for the best dissertation on the study of American government.

Aditya Jagati
Project Manager

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Aditya Jagati

Project Manager

Aditya Jagati is a Project Manager at ideas42, currently managing projects in the space of digital financial inclusion in the South Asian region. Aditya started his professional career as a macroeconomist and currency strategist with investment banks, where he specialized in Asian currency markets, but has had several stints at organizations like UNICEF, the Planning Commission of India and non-profit organizations in the subcontinent. Immediately before joining ideas42, he was working at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, covering issues related to financial inclusion and global education. He holds a double masters in advanced macroeconomics from IGIDR in India and development economic policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A strong advocate of Indian clothing, Aditya firmly believes that a pair of carefully picked spectacles and a ‘Nehru jacket’ can make anyone look intellectual!

Alex Alhadeff
Senior Associate

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Alex Alhadeff

Senior Associate

Alex Alhadeff is a Senior Associate at ideas42. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. While at Yale, she conducted experiments with approximately 150 teens that explored the psychological effects of environmental degradation and examined environmentally responsible behavior through the lens of behavioral economics. Prior to graduate school, Alex was an experienced associate in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice where she conducted IT Sarbanes-Oxley audits for Fortune 100 companies. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. Alex is a TCK (Third Culture Kid), theatre enthusiast, salsa dancer, and avid surfer.

Alex Blau
Vice President

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Alex Blau

Vice President

Alex Blau is a Vice President at ideas42 currently focusing on challenges in consumer finance, design and decision-making, and international development. Prior to joining ideas42, Alex worked as a research analyst at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, examining the exit-strategies of a number of large, Title-II funded integrated nutrition interventions in Kenya. In addition, Alex has extensive experience developing agricultural supply chains for small-scale organic farmers in the Caribbean. Alex holds an MSc in food policy and applied nutrition science from Tufts University, and a BA in political science with a focus in international relations from Brown University.

Alison Buttenheim

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Alison Buttenheim

Dr. Alison Buttenheim received her BA from Yale University, her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and her PhD in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Two core questions motivate Dr. Buttenheim’s interdisciplinary research agenda on global maternal-child health: (1) How can we change parent behavior to improve child health? and (2) Do maternal-child health interventions work? She addresses “last mile” problems in maternal-child health: evidence-based practices that haven’t reached the target population. Her work focuses on understanding how health behavior decisions are made within households, and how socioeconomic and cultural contexts both condition and constrain those decisions. Dr. Buttenheim also practices and promotes rigorous impact evaluation and implementation research to inform investments in maternal-child health programs.

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Alissa Fishbane
Managing Director

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Alissa Fishbane

Managing Director

Alissa Fishbane is a Managing Director at ideas42. She has extensive experience converting innovative, evidence-based ideas into practice, having designed, tested and scaled interventions in developing countries and the United States across areas including global health, education, criminal justice and financial inclusion.

Before joining ideas42, Alissa was the Managing Director and a founding executive of Deworm the World, which she helped grow from zero to serving 35 million children annually by scaling school deworming programs with government partners. Prior to that, she was the Latin America Director and founding Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she developed and implemented randomized evaluations reaching over 375,000 low-income families. Alissa was also a Senior Director at City Year, where she led the design and business planning process to create a new secondary school for underserved youth.

Alissa serves on two World Economic Forum committees: the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science and the Human-Centric Health Steering Committee. She is also an affiliate for the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia, which creates and rigorously evaluates solutions to some of our society’s biggest challenges and then scales evidence-based strategies. Outside of work, she mentors a teen in the residential program at Good Shepherd Services, an organization that helps more than 30,000 youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York City.

Alissa graduated with honors in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Allison Daminger

Alumni

Allison Daminger

Allison Daminger is a former Senior Associate at ideas42. Allison received her AB in Anthropology from Princeton University, where she then worked for The Food Project as a Community Programs Associate. During her time with ideas42, Allison worked on projects using behavioral science to solve programs such as economic mobility and the environment.
Allison is currently a Ph.D. student in sociology and social policy at Harvard University.

Anandi Mani

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Anandi Mani

Anandi Mani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. She also functions as Capacity Building Fellow at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) in the UK. Her research interests lie in the area of development economics, with an emphasis on issues related to the psychology of poverty, gender and political economy. Her ongoing projects on poverty focus on its impact on cognitive abilities, decision-making and aspirations. She has also been working on political economy issues related to public good outcomes in India, including the division of authority between politicians and bureaucrats and the impact of female political representation. Her field work in India has been carried out in several states including Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. She is currently a consultant to the World Bank on projects related to politics, gender and development. Dr. Mani has a PhD in Economics from Boston University.

Andreana Kenrick

Alumni

Andreana Kenrick

Andreana Kenrick was a Senior Associate at ideas42. Before joining the ideas42 team, she earned her BA in Psychology from Arizona State University, Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, and her PhD in Social Psychology from Princeton University.

Andreana is now a UX Researcher at Facebook.

Andrew Fertig

Alumni

Andrew Fertig

Andrew Fertig is a former Senior Associate at ideas42. He has extensive experience converting innovative, evidence-based ideas from behavioral economics and behavioral science into real solutions within financial health and global health. He has led the design, testing and scaling of interventions internationally and within the United States that have impacted the lives of millions of people.

Before joining ideas42, Andrew was a William J. Clinton Fellow serving in India with the Office of the Prime Minister on issues of professional skills development, and with a social enterprise on issues of public health and agriculture. Prior to that, Andrew worked in conservation biology and primatology, serving first as a researcher for the Galapagos Islands National Park and then as a director for a primatology research initiative in Equatorial Guinea, as well as an expedition leader for National Geographic Society. He holds a BA from Brown University and is currently an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management.

Andrew White

Alumni

Andrew White

Andrew White was a Senior Associate at ideas42. Before joining ideas42, he earned his BS in Psychology & Zoology from the University of Florida and his PhD in Social Psychology from Arizona State University.

Andrew is currently a Research Lead at Facebook.

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Andy Plews

Advisors

Andy Plews

Andy Plews is a Communications Advisor for ideas42. He is an experienced communications executive, and served as the organization’s Communications Director for 2 years. He spent 12 years based in Toronto leading Corporate Communications, Government Relations and Community Affairs for BMO Financial Group, a major North American financial services company.

His experience also includes years as Director of Media Relations for United Airlines. He was responsible for the airline’s media relations strategy in North America and 26 countries around the world. In that capacity he was a key member of the airline’s executive crisis management team on 9/11.

Andy serves on the Board of the Immigrant Defense Project and is a past Board member of City Year Chicago. He has a B.A. in Modern History from St John’s College, Oxford.

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Angela Duckworth

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Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is a psychologist whose studies are clarifying the role that intellectual strengths and personality traits play in educational achievement. She is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and leads the Duckworth Lab. Duckworth’s work primarily examines two traits that she demonstrates predict success in life: grit—the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward long-term goals—and self-control—the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses. A major difference between the two qualities is that grit equips individuals to pursue especially challenging aims over years and even decades, while self-control operates at a more micro timescale in the battle against what could be referred to as “hourly temptations.”

She received an A.B. (1992) from Harvard College, an M.Sc. (1996) from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught math and science at the high school level prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, where she is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. Her articles have appeared in such publications as PNAS, the Journal of Educational Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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Annamaria Lusardi

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Annamaria Lusardi

Annamaria Lusardi is the Denit Trust Professor of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington School of Business. Moreover, she is the Director of the Financial Literacy Center, a joint Center of Dartmouth College, the Wharton School, and Rand Corporation, created with the support of the Social Security Administration. She holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Princeton University.

Professor Lusardi has won numerous research awards. Among them is a research fellowship from the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, a faculty fellowship from the John M. Olin Foundation, and a junior and senior faculty fellowship from Dartmouth College. She is the recipient of the Fidelity Pyramid Prize, awarded to authors of published applied research that best helps address the goal of improving lifelong financial well-being for Americans. She has edited two books: Overcoming the Saving Slump: How to Increase the Effectiveness of Financial Education and Saving Programs was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008. Financial Literacy: Implications for Retirement Security and the Financial Marketplace, joint with Olivia Mitchell, will be published in the fall of 2011 by Oxford University Press.

She has worked on several projects on financial education in both the United States and abroad. She has developed tools to improve retirement planning and is currently working on several initiatives to improve financial literacy. She was recently recognized by the New York Times as one of the six most influential economists in the area of financial reform.

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Anne Stotler
Senior Associate

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Anne Stotler

Senior Associate

Anne Stotler is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she provided policy guidance on international labor rights, humanitarian issues, and HIV/AIDS response. Anne has also managed emergency housing assistance programs for individuals fleeing domestic violence and a research project focused on challenges facing children in urban poverty in Africa. She holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s in history from the University of Virginia, and is originally from Long Beach, California.  In her spare time, she enjoys green spaces, good books, and daydreaming about getting a dog.

Annie Yu Kleiman
Senior Associate

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Annie Yu Kleiman

Senior Associate

Annie Yu Kleiman is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Annie served in the U.S. Air Force, deploying to Iraq, Qatar, and Afghanistan. Her assignments included the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, where she taught cross cultural skills to hundreds of military and government personnel preparing to serve overseas, and Headquarters Air Force, where she helped manage the Air Force’s foreign language program. In 2012 Annie deployed to Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment as a Cultural Support Team Leader, engaging with local women and children during direct action missions and training Afghan women for special operations missions. Annie holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. She is a 2015 Tillman Scholar and 2017 CNAS Next Generation National Security Fellow. Annie lives in Annandale, VA with her husband and daughter. She is a life-long Trekkie who reluctantly concedes that the franchise peaked with Star Trek: The Next Generation, and firmly believes that Hermione Granger is the true hero(ine) of the Harry Potter series.

Anthony Barrows
Managing Director

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Anthony Barrows

Managing Director

Anthony Barrows is a Managing Director at ideas42 where he focuses on domestic poverty, local government, post-secondary education, and civic engagement. Anthony previously worked over ten years in child welfare, spanning positions in direct service, supervision, training, advocacy, project management and system improvement. He is also a practicing artist and has led art classes and arts-oriented youth development programming. As a native Bostonian, he is also sports-obsessed and spends much of his spare time trying to convince his wife and son to care as much about the Red Sox as he does. Anthony holds a BA in Philosophy and Art from UMass Boston, an MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.

Antoinette Schoar

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Antoinette Schoar

Antoinette Schoar is a Scientific Director at ideas42. She is also an Academic Research Council Member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Additionally, she is the Michael M. Koerner (49’) Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has been teaching at Sloan in the areas of corporate finance and entrepreneurship. Antoinette holds a Ph.D. is in Economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Finance and the American Economic Journal in Applied Economics.

Antoinette’s current research examines returns and capital flows in the venture capital industry, financing of SMEs and start up firms in emerging markets and the impact of corporate governance practices on firm performance. Her paper “The Effects of Corporate Diversification on Productivity” won the 2003 Journal of Finance Brattle Prize. She also received the prestigious Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2009. She has published numerous papers in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her work has been featured in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Antonia Violante
Associate

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Antonia Violante

Associate

Antonia Violante is an Associate at ideas42. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College, where she worked as a research assistant investigating how the brain processes different aspects of language, including metaphor. Antonia has also worked to bring the insights from behavioral science to a wide audience. She helped found the behavioral science news website, The Psych Report, and helped launch the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative, which brings together Philadelphia-area behavioral scientists and government leaders, in the hopes of creating more effective policies and programs for the city. Her loftiest aspiration is to become a keyboardist in a deep funk revival band.

Anuj Shah

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Anuj Shah

Anuj Shah is a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. He is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He studies how changes in basic cognitive processes can give rise to more complex behaviors. Recently, he has focused on how people behave when they experience different forms of resource scarcity (whether money, time, or otherwise). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Ariadna Vargas
Project Manager

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Ariadna Vargas

Project Manager

Ariadna Vargas is a Project Manager at ideas42 working on financial health interventions in Latin America. She holds a BA in Economics from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Masters in Public Policy from The University of Chicago. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked for Innovations for Poverty Action Bangladesh, and was an independent consultant for USAID’s Mexico Economic Policy Program and for TechnoServe Mexico. She also participated in the evaluation of social programs implemented by the Mexican government at the federal and state levels, including the impact evaluation of the federal government’s universal health coverage strategy.

Ariel Kalil

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Ariel Kalil

Ariel Kalil is a Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. At Chicago Harris, she directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy and co-directs the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, in the Department of Business Administration. She is a developmental psychologist who studies economic conditions, parenting, and child development. Her current research examines the historical evolution of income-based gaps in parenting behavior and children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills. At the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab, she is leading a variety of field experiments designed to strengthen parental engagement and child development in low-income families using tools drawn from behavioral economics and neuroscience.

Kalil received her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Harris School faculty in 1999, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center. Kalil has received the William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Award, the Changing Faces of America’s Children Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Child Development, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and in 2003 she was the first-ever recipient of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Award for Early Research Contributions.  Her current work is funded by NSF, NICHD, the Aspen Institute, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

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Arielle Koppell

Alumni

Arielle Koppell

Arielle Koppell was an Associate at ideas42. Arielle earned her BS in Industrial and Labor Relations and minored in Law and Society. Before ideas42, Arielle was a Research Fellow at The Worker Institute at Cornell University and is now pursuing her JD at New York University School of Law.

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Atilla Cidam
Senior Associate

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Atilla Cidam

Senior Associate

Atilla Cidam is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where he develops behavioral solutions to social issues in partnership with city and state governments. His work at ideas42 combines his dual passions of conducting research and implementing evidence-based programs. As a researcher, Atilla used field studies, experiments, and meta-analyses to investigate the dynamics of moral decision-making, and received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, he also developed, facilitated, and evaluated sexual assault prevention and gender equality programs in partnership with the Women’s Center. Prior to his graduate studies, Atilla served for 2 years as the director of Guardianship Programs at Lodge Life Services, coordinating a team of case managers to make expert decisions on behalf of vulnerable clients. Atilla likes to see interesting corners of the world on his bike.

Avni Shah

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Avni Shah

Professor Avni Shah is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough, with a cross-appointment to the Marketing area at the Rotman School of Management. She received her PhD from Duke University and her BA from Dartmouth College, where she double majored in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Religion.

Avni’s research interests lie in consumer behavior, decision-making, behavioral economics, and consumer welfare. Using field, lab, and archival data, she investigates how payment processes and incentives influence consumer decision-making and consumer well-being particularly in financial and health contexts. Her research has covered a broad range of topics such as looking at how differential aspects of the payment experience (e.g., payment type, timing, price format, incentive structure) can influence choice and downstream behavior for individuals and in organizational settings.

Banny Bannerjee

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Banny Bannerjee

Banny Bannerjee is the Founder and Director of Stanford ChangeLabs, a new initiative within the Stanford Design Program aimed at creating rapid, large-scale, sustainable transformation in the complex issues facing mankind — water, energy, climate change, and social inequity. He works with Stanford faculty from behavioral sciences, social economics, systems analysis, management science, engineering, and art to generate new platforms for design thinking.

Originally trained as an architect, Banny holds graduate degrees in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, and Design. In India, he worked in the fields of architecture, structural engineering, adobe housing for the rural poor, and low embodied energy building systems. After coming to the US, he worked in the fields of computer simulation for energy in complex systems, software engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, industrial design, furniture design, interactive art, and design strategy. His interests in the confluence between digital and physical experiences took him to Xerox PARC where he worked on ambient media and physical computing. Prior to Stanford, he worked for IDEO as designer and design strategist creating novel experiences and crafting futures for high technology companies.

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Baruch Fischhoff

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Baruch Fischhoff

Baruch Fischhoff, Ph.D., is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the departments of Social and Decision Sciences and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where he heads the Decision Sciences major. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a B.S. in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Fischhoff is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He currently chairs the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and recently chaired the National. He is a former member of the Eugene, Oregon Commission on the Rights of Women, Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism, and the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the American, the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society), the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society.

He has co-authored or edited seven books: Acceptable Risk (1981); A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities (1993); Elicitation of Preferences (2000); Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach (2002); Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Science Foundations (2011); Risk: A Very Short Introduction (2011); and Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based Guide (2011).

Ben Castleman

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Ben Castleman

Ben Castleman is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Ben’s research applies behavioral economics to help students and families navigate complicated decisions throughout their educational trajectories. He has conducted numerous field experiments which investigate innovative strategies to deliver personalized and simplified information about college and financial aid to low-income students and their families, and to ease the process of students and families getting professional support when they need assistance. Several of these experiments focus on reducing summer melt among college-intending, low-income high school graduates. Ben’s work has been generously funded by several major philanthropic organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Heckscher Foundation for Children. He is a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Ben is a Lumina Foundation/Institute for Higher Education Policy Academic Fellow, and is a recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders award, given annually by The Association of American Colleges and Universities.

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Brian Wansink

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Brian Wansink

Brian Wansink (Ph.D. Stanford University) is the John Dyson Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in the Department of Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, Ithaca NY.

Professor Wansink founded and directs the Food and Brand Lab, which conducts field and laboratory experiments to understand how consumers “choose and use” foods. With the help of researchers from psychology, history, food science, cultural anthropology, and agricultural and consumer economics, the mission of the Food & Brand Labs’ studies is to help consumers eat more nutritiously and behave responsibly. A primary focus of the lab is to help people eat more nutritiously and to help control how much they eat. An additional focus is on increasing the acceptance of soy foods and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Because Dr. Wansink’s expertise is focused on the psychology and consumption of foods – ABC News has referred to him as the “Food Psychologist,” and he directs the content of www.foodpsychology.cornell.edu. His research focuses on how ads, packaging, and personality traits influence the usage frequency and usage volume of healthy foods. His research on consumption volume has won national and international awards for its relevance to consumers. His research has been widely featured on 20/20, BBC News, The Learning Channel, all news networks, and on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

On a personal level, Brian was born in Sioux City, Iowa and now lives with his wife Jennifer and daughters Audrey, Valerie and Lieve. He plays tenor saxophone in a jazz quartet (“Shaken Not Stirred”) and in an eight–piece rhythm and blues dance band (“The Usual Suspects”).

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Brigitte Madrian

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Brigitte Madrian

Brigitte Madrian is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Harvard, she was on the Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Harvard University Economics Department. She is also a research associate and co-director of the Household Finance working group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources.

Dr. Madrian’s current research focuses on household saving and investment behavior. Her work in this area has impacted the design of employer-sponsored savings plans in the US and has influenced pension reform legislation both in the US and abroad. She has also examined the impact of health insurance on the job choice and retirement decisions of employees and the hiring decisions of firms.

Dr. Madrian received her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied economics as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. She is the recipient of the National Academy of Social Insurance Dissertation Prize and a two-time recipient of the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security.

Carolina Better
Senior Associate

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Carolina Better

Senior Associate

Carolina Better is a Senior Associate at ideas42. She has worked as a research consultant focusing on the effect of culture and context on consumers’ attitudes and behaviors, and conducted research on small and medium enterprises in the manufacturing sector in India. She holds a Master’s in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco, and two Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Communications from the Pennsylvania State University. Carolina enjoys trying different ice cream flavors, traveling, and watching cheesy rom-coms and Spanish period dramas on Netflix.

Cass Sunstein

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Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a faculty member at the Law School from 1981 to 2008.

Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Sunstein has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, visiting professor of law at Harvard, vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations, chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the ABA Committee on the future of the FTC, and a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.

Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and a number of books, including Republic.com (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), and Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008). He is now working on various projects involving the relationship between law and human behavior.

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Cassie Taylor
Senior Associate

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Cassie Taylor

Senior Associate

Cassie Taylor is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Her current work focuses on applying and scaling behavioral insights in postsecondary education. Prior to joining ideas42, Cassie managed the Behavioral Economics and Decision Research (BEDR) Policy Lab at Carnegie Mellon with Professors George Loewenstein and Saurabh Bhargava. She also has experience working in consulting and start ups. She holds an AB in Psychology from Princeton University and an MS in Education Technology and Applied Learning Science from Carnegie Mellon University’s Human Computer Interaction Institute. She enjoys backpacking, biking, and board games.

Catherine MacLeod
Associate

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Catherine MacLeod

Associate

Catherine MacLeod is an Associate at ideas42. She holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Amsterdam with a specialization in development economics, where she completed a masters thesis on the effects of a conditional cash transfer on childhood health outcomes in Bolivia. While there, she volunteered as a student consultant for Refugees Forward, an organization that helps refugee entrepreneurs start their own businesses in the Netherlands. Prior to living in Amsterdam, Catherine graduated from Stony Brook University with a BA in economics. In her free time Catherine enjoys running, board games, and re-listening to the Serial podcast.

Cecilia Shang
Associate

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Cecilia Shang

Associate

Cecilia Shang is an Associate at ideas42. Cecilia recently graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs with certificates in Environmental Studies, Cognitive Science, and Dance. For her senior thesis, Cecilia investigated the potential for low-cost behavioral interventions to facilitate more sustainable food choices in dining hall and restaurant settings. She has worked as a research assistant for the Behavior Change for Good Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, as a student coordinator and EcoRep Leader for Princeton’s Office of Sustainability, and has interned in India at Ankuri, a nonprofit organization focusing on long-term rural village development primarily through a children’s literacy center and women’s knitting initiative.
Cecilia is from Victoria, British Columbia, and tries to fill her free time with as much food, dance, nature, and laughter as she can. She was first drawn to behavioral economics because of her own everyday struggles with decision-making, which are especially apparent and embarrassing at flavor-abundant ice cream shops.

Charlie Connell
Senior Associate

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Charlie Connell

Senior Associate

Charlie Connell is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Charlie worked as an interdisciplinary researcher, leveraging techniques from neuroscience, exercise physiology, and vision science to examine topics such as the influence of fatigue on how the brain processes visual information, and the use of exercise training to enhance the ability of the brain to change and adapt. Charlie completed her postdoctoral and doctoral research at the Centre for Brain Research, The University of Auckland before working as a Human Factors consultant. Charlie is Tangata Whenua o Aotearoa—a Māori New Zealander. When Charlie isn’t exploring new places on her bike, she’s scouring whatever city she is in for flat whites.

Chris Hulleman

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Chris Hulleman

Chris Hulleman is a Research Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where he studies motivation and directs the Motivate Lab. He is also a fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Chris received his Ph.D. in experimental social and personality psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and his B.A. from Central College in 1993, where he was an academic all-American and co-captain of the football team. In 2014-15, Chris was a fellow-in-residence at the Center for Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Prior to his career in psychology, Chris spent eight years teaching, coaching, and traveling.

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Christina Avellan

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Christina Avellan

Christina Avellan was an Associate at ideas42 where she focused on projects in safety & justice and international development. Christina graduated from Yale University with a BA in Sociology and NYU with a Masters in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness.

Christina is now a User Experience (UX) Researcher at Walmart eCommerce.

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Christine Jolls

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Christine Jolls

Christine Jolls is the Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor at Yale Law School, a chair previously held by Nobel Laureate Oliver Williamson. She is also the Director of the Law and Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Previously she served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of the United States in the chambers of Justice Antonin Scalia. Professor Jolls received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her sophomore year and won the Robert M. Golden Medal. Prior to college Professor Jolls was named one of two United States Presidential Scholars from the state of California. Her research and teaching concentrate in the areas of employment law, privacy law, behavioral law and economics, and government administration.

Christopher Bryan

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Christopher Bryan

Christopher Bryan is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He studies psychological influence, behavioral decision-making, and political psychology with a focus on psychology as it relates to social and public policy.

Most of his work examines how seemingly incidental differences in the way an issue or behavior is framed can influence people’s attitudes and behavior in ways that benefit them, their communities and the larger society. A major theoretical theme of Bryan’s work is the role of the self in influencing attitudes and behavior. His past and ongoing work spans a wide range of social and policy topics, including voter turnout, financial decision-making, health behavior, charitable giving, international development, traffic safety, honesty and deception, and parenting.

Bryan earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and a B.A. in psychology from McGill University. Prior to joining Booth, Bryan was an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, San Diego.

Christopher Daggett

Alumni

Christopher Daggett

Christopher Daggett was a Vice President at ideas42 where he focused on projects in consumer finance and health. Before joining ideas42, he received his BA in Political Science from The George Washington University and served as an intern for the US Senate and also let the media distribution strategy for Nudge, the best-selling book by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein.

Christopher is now a Principal at Paid Lunch.

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Craig Fox

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Craig Fox

Craig Fox is Professor of Policy at the Anderson School of Management and Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also Co-Director of the UCLA Interdisciplinary Research Group in Behavioral Decision Making. Fox joined the UCLA faculty in 2003 after six years at the Fuqua School of Business (Duke University), where he was named the 2001 “Outstanding Faculty Member” and remains an adjunct faculty member.

Professor Fox earned a B.A. in economics and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he completed his thesis work with Daniel Kahneman. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Stanford University under the supervision of the late Amos Tversky. Fox’s research focuses primarily on behavior under risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity. This work employs a combination of experimental methods including surveys, field studies, laboratory experiments, and brain imaging techniques. His research papers have appeared in top journals of management, economics, psychology, neuroscience, and law. Professor Fox is former associate editor of Management Science and board member of Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making and Judgment and Decision Making. He is founding editor of the forthcoming journal, Behavioral Science and Policy.

Crystal Hall

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Crystal Hall

Crystal Hall is an Assistant Professor at the Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. She teaches courses on psychology for policy analysis, decision theory, and quantitative analysis.

While at Princeton University, her primary research focus was on decision making in the context of poverty. Specific topics in this research program include the structure of mental accounting among low-income populations, and how simple interventions relating to self-affirmation and identity can influence behavior. She also conducts field research exploring interventions at tax time to increase take-up of beneficial products and services, and work examining the preferences and search processes of housing subsidy recipients. Other previous research topics included the relationship between facial appearance and election outcomes, how the existence of extra information can impair judgment, and the exploration of an alternate method of implementing social judgment theory. She was previously a member of the interdisciplinary Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars.

In addition to her academic work, Hall has provided guidance to community organizations seeking to implement tools from psychology and behavioral economics into the design and delivery of their programs and services. She has worked with organizations in Central New Jersey and Philadelphia, and more recently with members of the Washington Asset Building Coalition. At a national level, she has consulted with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families.

Hall holds a PhD and MA in Psychology from Princeton University. In addition, she holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University in both decision science and policy and management.

Dan Connolly
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Dan Connolly

Senior Associate

Dan Connolly is a Senior Associate at ideas42. His current work focuses on designing and testing behavioral interventions in consumer finance, postsecondary education, and workforce development. Prior to joining the ideas42 team, Dan worked as a research assistant at Cornell University’s Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Decision Research, as well as Cornell’s Self and Social Insight Lab, where his research examined the incentivization of objective reasoning in political judgment. Dan holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Cornell University. He misses his tuba dearly.

Dan Poniachik

Alumni

Dan Poniachik

Dan Poniachik is a former Project Manager at ideas42 and is now a student at Columbia University. Using a background in both project management and research analysis, he worked on financial health projects in Chile that use behavioral interventions to increase savings among low-income households.

Prior to joining ideas42, he worked at the National Council of Innovation for Development, a Chliean government agency that orientates national innovation efforts. He worked on projects in social and public innovation, along with public policy design.

Dan has performed research at The Peres Center for Peace and Tel Aviv University, as well as at the Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN), an influential public policy think tank based in Santiago, Chile. He is passionate about understanding human social behavior and using these insights to promote social good. Dan holds a BA in Economics from the University of Chile.

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Dana Guichon
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Dana Guichon

Vice President

Dana Guichon is a Vice President at ideas42, where she works on a range of international development projects. She currently leads a portfolio of work in international family planning and reproductive health focused on expanding the application of behavioral science in the field. Dana has over 10 years of experience in international development – designing and implementing interventions, managing projects, and conducting research. Prior to joining ideas42, Dana worked with the International Rice Research Institute, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and Oxfam America, contributing to research and policy initiatives in international agricultural development. She also served with the US Peace Corps as an environmental education volunteer in Senegal. Dana holds an MSc in Nutrition and an MA in International Relations from Tufts University, as well as a BA in Government from Georgetown University.

Dani Grodsky
Senior Associate

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Dani Grodsky

Senior Associate

Dani Grodsky is a Senior Associate at Ideas42. Currently, her focus is on improving student outcomes throughout postsecondary education by applying a behavioral lens.  She recently graduated from Brown University, where she majored in Cognitive Neuroscience with a smaller focus on Economics. She also has experience in science communication and event planning, writing for the Brown Medical School magazine and TED.com, and helping to organize the annual TEDxProvidence conference. Her quirkiest job was working at a bridal shop featured on reality television, and if she had an alter ego she would be a makeup artist for runway shows.

Daniel Benjamin

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Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Cornell University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999, an M.A. in Statistics from Harvard University in 1999, an M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2006. He was a Marshall Scholar during 1999 to 2001. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of the European Economics Association.

Professor Benjamin conducts research on behavioral economics. Some current work investigates common errors in statistical reasoning, the interpretation of survey measures of happiness, and whether specific genes can predict economic behaviors and outcomes.

Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Kahneman has held the position of professor of psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1970‐1978), the University of British Columbia (1978‐1986), and the University of California, Berkeley (1986‐1994). Dr. Kahneman is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Econometric Society. He has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (1982) and the Grawemeyer Prize (2002), both jointly with Amos Tversky, the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (1995), the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology (1995), the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (2002), and the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (2007). Dr. Kahneman holds honorary degrees from numerous Universities.

David I. Laibson

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David I. Laibson

David I. Laibson is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Laibson serves on the boards of the Health and Retirement Survey and the Pension Research Council. Laibson co-organizes the Russell Sage Foundation’s Summer School in Behavioral Economics. He has been designated a Harvard College Professor and he has received the PBK Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His research studies macroeconomics, psychology and economics, neuroeconomics, and household finance. Laibson holds degrees from Harvard (B.A.), the London School of Economic (M.Sc.), and M.I.T. (Ph.D.).

David Munguia Gomez

Alumni

David Munguia Gomez

David Munguia Gomez is a former Associate at ideas42. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University, which he then joined the ideas42 team. While at ideas42, David worked on projects ranging from education to financial inclusion both domestically and internationally.

David is currently a doctoral student in behavioral science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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Dean Karlan

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Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics at Yale University. Professor Karlan is President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems, and works to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. He is on the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. As a social entrepreneur, He is Founder and President of stickK.com, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts.

In 2011, Professor Karlan co-authored More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of financial decision-making, specifically employing experimental methodologies to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in microfinance, health, behavioral economics and charitable giving. In microfinance, he has studied credit impact, interest rate policy, savings product design, credit scoring policies, entrepreneurship training, and group versus individual liability. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., an M.B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia. He can be followed on twitter @deankarlan, and blogs regularly on Freakonomics.

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Dean Yang

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Dean Yang

Dean Yang is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he holds appointments at the Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics. His areas of interest include international migration and remittances, microfinance, human capital, disasters, international trade, and crime and corruption. He is currently running survey work and field experiments among Central American migrant workers in the U.S., among potential overseas migrants in the Philippines, and on microfinance in Malawi and Mozambique.

He teaches courses in development economics and microeconomics at the undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. levels. He was a visiting professor at Princeton University in 2006-07. He has worked as a consultant on development issues for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the UNDP, and in El Salvador and Peru. A native of the Philippines, he received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University.

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Debbie Martinez
Senior Associate

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Debbie Martinez

Senior Associate

Debbie Martinez is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank as an external consultant. She also worked at the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science at George Mason University where she is currently an ABD candidate in the economics PhD program. She holds a Master’s in Economics from George Mason University and a double Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has published work on the topics of institutions in Mexico and migration, and she has also worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in El Paso. Debbie is an avid golfer and enjoys yoga, running, and playing tennis.

Deborah Prentice

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Deborah Prentice

Deborah Prentice is Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department at Princeton University. She studies self-regulation, social influence, and group dynamics. Much of her work has focused on gender and, in particular, on the ways in which social beliefs and conventions regarding gender serve to reproduce and sustain gender differences and divisions. Her recent work has explored how and when social norms are effective levers of behavior change. Prentice received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Deepti Nagulapally
Senior Associate

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Deepti Nagulapally

Senior Associate

Deepti Nagulapally is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining the ideas42 team, Deepti worked as an evaluator at Community Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization in the Bay Area that helps people secure housing and become self-sufficient.  Her work focused on using insights gleaned from data to improve decision making and creating a culture of learning to better inform program development.  She has also worked as a Client Manager in the private sector where she learned the importance of relationship building in facilitating project implementation and completion, which is a long-winded way of saying that she loves talking to people. Deepti received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The University of Georgia and a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on international development from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is passionate about traveling, crafting the perfect hot chocolate (3 large marshmallows is the correct amount per 8 oz) and finding plot holes in time-travel movies.

Derek Koehler

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Derek Koehler

Derek Koehler is a professor of psychology at Waterloo University. His research investigates the intuitive assessment of uncertainty involved in everyday planning, prediction, and decision making. This research includes the study of how people evaluate evidence (or cues, e.g., a patient’s symptoms) when estimating the probability of an uncertain event (or outcome, e.g., the patient’s eventual diagnosis), how generating scenarios or explanations influences the perceived likelihood of future events, and how current intentions influence self-predictions of future behavior.

In the course of this research, Professor Koheler and his collaborators have asked basketball fans to predict the outcomes of upcoming NBA games, physicians to judge the probability that a patient is suffering from a particular illness, homeowners to predict when they will complete a household project, and students to estimate the probability that they will donate blood at an upcoming donation clinic. Much of his recent research is located at the intersection of psychology and economics, in a field sometimes called behavioral economics.

Devin Pope

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Devin Pope

Devin Pope studies a variety of topics at the intersection of economics and psychology. He has published work in the American Economic ReviewManagement SciencePsychological Science;Journal of Human Resources; and the Journal of Economic Perspectives among others.

Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2010, Professor Pope was on the faculty at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 2007 and a B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University in 2002.

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Diana Taylor

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Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor is currently Vice Chair of Solera.  She previously served as managing director at Wolfensohn Fund Management L.P., a strategic consulting and investment firm. Prior to Wolfensohn, she served as New York State superintendent of banks and chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board.  Before her government service, she worked in the private sector as vice president for KeySpan Energy and as an investment banker with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.  Diana serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Asset Management and Sotheby’s. She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the boards of Accion, Hot Bread Kitchen and Hudson River Park Trust.  Other board memberships include the Mailman School of Public Health, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and the Mayo Clinic.  She is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from the Columbia School of Business, and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.

Dilip Soman

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Dilip Soman

Dilip Soman is the Corus Professor of Strategy, Professor of Marketing and Senior Fellow, Desautels Center for Integrative Thinking™ at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago; his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management; and his BE from the University of Bombay.

His research expertise includes behavioral economics, consumer and managerial psychology, public policy, spending and saving behaviors, decision-making, marketing strategy and pricing. Professor Soman’s current research focuses on “helping people help themselves.” In this work, he used informational (e.g. financial literacy), facilitative (e.g., budgeting tools, communication devices like mobile phones and the Internet) and behavioral (e.g., self-control guidelines) interventions to help people achieve financial sufficiency. He also does similar research in the area of health behaviors, energy conservation, garbage and recycling, and time management.

Professor Soman’s book, Managing Customer Value: One Stage at a Time (co-authored with S. N-marandi) has just been published by World Scientific Publishing. He has published over 50 scholarly articles, book chapters, and papers in publications like the Harvard Business ReviewJournal of Marketing ResearchJournal of Consumer ResearchMarketing ScienceMarketing LettersJournal of Behavioral Decision Making, and Journal of Advertising. Dilip is also a sought-after executive trainer, applied researcher and consultant.

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Donald Redelmeier

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Donald Redelmeier

Donald Redelmeier received his M.D. from University of Toronto in 1984, postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at Stanford University in 1991, and a Masters in Health Services Research as a Robert Wood Johnson fellow at Stanford University in 1990. His research spans a variety of areas, emphasizing the psychology of medical decision making and the epidemiology of motor vehicle trauma.

Dr. Redelmeier has published over 150 articles in the scientific medical literature. Some of his notable discoveries include “Association between cellular-telephone calls and motor vehicle collisions” (NEJM 1997), “Survival in Academy Award-winning actors and actresses” (Ann Intern Med. 2001), and “Traffic-law enforcement and risk of death from motor-vehicle crashes: case-crossover study” (Lancet 2003).

Dr. Redelmeier serves as Canada Research Chair in Medical Decision Sciences; Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto; Director of Clinical Epidemiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; staff physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Sunnybrook Hospital; and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies in Ontario

Doug Palmer
Vice President

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Doug Palmer

Vice President

Doug Palmer is a Vice President at ideas42 working on a range of state and local government projects. Doug has over 10 years of experience working with state and local governments focusing on criminal justice, municipal finance, and transportation issues. Doug also served as an Americorps*VISTA helping low- and moderate-income people file their taxes and build assets. Doug has a BA from the College of Wooster, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Eirene Wang
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Eirene Wang

Associate

Eirene Wang is an Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Eirene taught English in Russia through a Fulbright fellowship. She also interviewed, translated and advocated for asylum seekers for the Immigrant Justice Project at the City Bar Justice Center in New York and interned at the United Nations and Pencils of Promise, an organization devoted to increasing access to primary school education in Guatemala, Laos and Ghana. Eirene holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Black Studies from Amherst College. Awarded a Critical Language Scholarship for 2018, Eirene completed an intensive Swahili program at MS-TCDC in Arusha, Tanzania. In her spare time, Eirene enjoys studying foreign languages (she counts five in her main repertoire), exploring new cities by foot and making witty illustrations.

Eldar Shafir

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Eldar Shafir

Eldar Shafir is a Scientific Director at ideas42. He is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and has served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He studies decision-making and judgment, and his recent work has focused on behavioral economic analyses of decision-making in the context of poverty and, more generally, on the application of behavioral research to policy. He recently edited a volume on “The Behavioral Foundations of Policy,” and has just co-authored a book with Sendhil Mullainathan called “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much“, which looks at how scarcity, and our flawed responses to it, can shape our lives, our society, and our culture.

Eleni Fischer
Senior Associate

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Eleni Fischer

Senior Associate

Eleni Fischer is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she crafted solutions for a more sustainable and equitable food system as a consultant at Karen Karp & Partners, and helped businesses navigate foreign political and economic environments at McLarty Associates. Eleni holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University, where she researched soda taxes as a potential policy solution to the obesity crisis in the United States. While in graduate school, she interned at the U.S. Department of State and managed a student organization implementing international development interventions in Honduras.

Elinor Amit

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Elinor Amit

Elinor Amit is an Assistant Professor at the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University and an Assistant Professor (Research) at Brown University. She received her B.A. from Haifa University and Ph.D. in Psychology from Tel Aviv University.

Her research is concerned with how domain-general systems such as the visual and language systems affect people’s thoughts, feelings, judgments, and behavior in the social world. An additional research interest of Professor Amit is moral decision-making. Amit’s work was published in leading academic journals, including Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and NeuroImage, and has been covered in media outlets such as NPR, The Huffington Post, and Scientific American.

 

Elizabeth Levy Paluck

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Elizabeth Levy Paluck

Elizabeth Levy Paluck (Betsy) is a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. She is a Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient. She conducts field experiments in the United States and Africa to test initiatives for prejudice and conflict reduction and political education and civic engagement. Her work has focused on the effects of the mass media, education, and interpersonal communication. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

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Elizabeth McElwee
Senior Associate

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Elizabeth McElwee

Senior Associate

Elizabeth McElwee, also known as Ely, is a Senior Associate.  Prior to joining the ideas42 team, Ely lived in Tanzania and Laos while she worked as a research consultant with London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) focusing on health system strengthening and family planning in Senegal. She was also a program manager for a non-profit in Arlington, VA, working directly with families in affordable housing.  As a community health Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, she harnessed her passion for theatre to increase community engagement and facilitate discussions with youth about reproductive health. Ely holds a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Health Economics from LSHTM and a BA in Sociology from Villanova University.

Elke U. Weber

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Elke U. Weber

Elke U. Weber is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from Harvard in behavior and decision analysis. She is an expert on judgment and decision-making under uncertainty, specifically in financial and environmental contexts.

Before coming to Princeton, she spent 17 years at Columbia University, where she founded and co-directed the Center for Decision Sciences (CDS), which generates and facilitates interdisciplinary decision research relevant to the needs of real world decision makers, and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), which investigates ways of facilitating human adaptation to climate change and climate variability and recently published a Climate Change Communications Guide (cred.columbia.edu/Guide). She has served on advisory committees of the National Academy of Sciences related to human dimensions in global change, was a member on an American Psychological Association Task Force that issued a report on the Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change, and was a lead author in Working Group III for the 5th Assessment Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Emily Zimmerman
Vice President

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Emily Zimmerman

Vice President

Emily Zimmerman is a Vice President at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked at EA Consultants, where she managed domestic and international research, evaluation, and program design initiatives. She has worked across various domains, including risk and insurance, financial counseling and education, consumer protection, and public health, and has field experience in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the United States. Emily began her career as a corporate attorney, where she represented startup companies in venture capital financing transactions. She hold a BA in economics and political science from the University of Richmond and a JD from the University of Texas.

Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson is a faculty member at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University where he is the inaugural holder of the Norman Eig Chair of Business, and Director of the Center for Decision Sciences. His research examines the interface between Behavioral Decision Research, Economics and the decisions made by consumers, managers, and their implications for public policy, markets and marketing. Among other topics, Johnson has explored how the way options are presented to decision-makers affect their choices in areas such as organ donation, the choice of environmentally friendly products, and investments.

Prof. Johnson’s research and comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Money, Discover, Business Week and The Financial Times, and on The CBS Evening News and National Public Radio. His research has been published in the Science, Psychological Review, Psychological Science, Nature Neuroscience, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, and many other consumer, economic, marketing and psychology journals. He has co-authored two books: Decision Research: A Field Guide, published by Sage Publications and The Adaptive Decision-Maker published by Cambridge University Press, and is currently working on a book on choice architecture.

After graduation from Rutgers University, he received his MS and PhD in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. He previously has taught at Carnegie Mellon, was a visiting professor at the Sloan School at MIT, was the inaugural holder of the David W. Hauck Chair in Marketing, and a Professor of Operations and Information Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. The National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, The Alfred P. Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations, and the Office of Naval Research have supported his research. He was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Consumer Psychology, and named a Fellow by the Association for Consumer Research, was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, and is a Fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow and the Association for Psychological Science. According to the Institute for Scientific Information, he is one of the most highly cited scholars in Business and Economics. He has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and is a member of several editorial boards as well as the Senior Editor for Decision Sciences at Behavioral Science and Policy and an Editor at Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience.

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Erin Kim

Alumni

Erin Kim

Erin Kim was the Events Manager at ideas42. Prior to joining the team, Erin received her BS in Hospitality Management & Event Management and then worked as an Associate Manager of National Special Events for Autism Speaks.

Erin is now the Manager of Special Events at City Harvest.

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Erin Sherman
Senior Associate

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Erin Sherman

Senior Associate

Erin Sherman is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Since joining ideas42 in 2016, Erin has worked on a variety of topics, from re-launching the environment domain to reducing infant mortality in Baltimore. She is particularly interested in civic engagement and in incorporating resilience, adaptation, and environmental justice perspectives into environmental work. Prior to joining, Erin advocated for behavioral science, designed field experiments, and conducted quantitative product research at Opower for over four years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a certificate in environmental studies from Princeton University. As part of the Princeton Human Working Memory Lab, she ran laboratory experiments and composed a senior thesis on the relationships between working memory, goal orientation, political ideology, and energy-saving behaviors. Erin enjoys flavorful vegetarian cooking, befriending cats, and cutting to the heart of the matter.

Ethan Fletcher
Managing Director

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Ethan Fletcher

Managing Director

Ethan Fletcher is a Managing Director at ideas42 where he specializes in using behavioral design to improve student outcomes at the postsecondary level. Ethan’s professional background is in technology startups, management consulting, and politics. He has co-founded and helped run three startups, including most recently Katapult, which develops products for today’s creative generation. Ethan has several years of experience in strategy, modeling, and data analysis — in both business and political settings. As a management consultant at Navigant and McKinsey he built valuation, pricing-optimization, and related financial models to help Fortune 500 clients assess strategic choices. As a senior political analyst in Washington, D.C. he advised members of Congress and their legal counsel on redistricting strategy and worked with campaigns to develop and optimize voter contact plans.

Ethan is an affiliate for the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia, which creates and rigorously evaluates solutions to some of our society’s biggest challenges and then scales evidence-based strategies. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Economics from Tufts University and a JD from Yale Law School.

Eugene M. Caruso

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Eugene M. Caruso

Eugene M. Caruso studies social judgment, group decision-making and negotiation, egocentrism, perspective-taking, and ethics. His teaching interests include decision-making, social psychology, negotiation, and research methodology. Professor Caruso earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in psychology from Princeton University with a Certificate in cognitive studies in 1998. He earned a master’s degree in 2004 and a Ph.D. in 2007 in social psychology from Harvard University.

His published work includes “The Costs and Benefits of Undoing Egocentric Responsibility Assessments in Groups” and “When Perspective Taking Increases Taking: Reactive Egoism in Social Interaction,” both written with N. Epley and M. H. Bazerman and published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as “A Wrinkle in Time: Asymmetric Valuation of Past and Future Events,” written with D. T. Gilbert and T. D. Wilson and published inPsychological Science. He is a member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Caruso is also an ad hoc reviewer for Psychological Science and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Professor Caruso has received numerous accolades, including a Harvard University Graduate Student Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Student Travel Award, and a nomination for the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for dedication to the educational experience of Harvard undergraduates.

 

Eva Frishberg
Associate

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Eva Frishberg

Associate

Eva Frishberg is an Associate at ideas42, focusing on work in the criminal justice system. Before joining the team full-time, she was an intern at ideas42 working on increasing college completion and financial health in post-secondary education. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bard College, where she studied self-doubt and implicit bias in stereotyped groups in science, math, technology, and engineering fields. While at school, she also researched the use of written narratives in shifting fixed mindsets for women in math domains. She also worked as a research assistant in an eating disorder lab, studying emotion and reward processing in fasted individuals. In her free time, Eva writes, records, and performs original music, holding on to her dreams of becoming a rockstar one day.

Eva Matos
Senior Associate

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Eva Matos

Senior Associate

Eva Matos is a Senior Associate at Ideas42. Prior to joining Ideas42, Eva worked as a Global Program Coordinator at Oxfam. Her work focused on strengthening the collective capacity of civil society networks in Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, South Africa and Mexico to influence government and multilateral institutions on different dimensions of inequality. She has also worked with government and non-government stakeholders on legal education reform in Ethiopia, combating sexual and gender based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, judicial training and curriculum development for women judges in Zambia and reducing pre-trial detention in Liberia. Eva received a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science from the George Washington University and Master’s in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In another life she would have been a marine biologist by day and a stand-up comedian by night.

Faraz Haqqi
Senior Associate

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Faraz Haqqi

Senior Associate

Faraz Haqqi is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where he focuses on addressing behavioral challenges in international settings. Faraz has prior experience working on experimental research and consulting projects relating to health, poverty and governance in South Asia, East Africa, and Central America. Before joining ideas42, he worked with the Center for Global Development, coordinating field research to evaluate the impact of expert information and opportunities for public deliberation on the policy preferences of ordinary Tanzanians. He holds an MPA from Cornell University and a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Francesca Gino

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Francesca Gino

Francesca Gino is a professor of business administration in the Negotiations, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is also formally affiliated with the Program on Negotiation.

Professor Gino’s research focuses on judgment and decision-making, ethics, social influence, and creativity. Her work has been published in academic journals including the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Applied PsychologyJournal of Personality and Social Psychology;Organizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesOrganization Science; and Psychological Science; as well as in numerous book chapters and practitioner outlets. Her studies have been featured in The EconomistThe New York Times;NewsweekScientific American; and Psychology Today; and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio. Professor Gino has earned major research awards from the National Science Foundation and the Academy of Management. In addition to teaching, she advises firms and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of negotiation, decision-making, and organizational behavior.

A native of Italy, Professor Gino holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Trento.

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Frank Schilbach

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Frank Schilbach

Frank Schilbach is an assistant professor of economics at MIT, where he teaches behavioral and development economics. He recently graduated with a PhD in economics from Harvard. Frank’s main strand of research considers the impact of poverty and its correlates on cognitive function, decision-making, and productivity. His recent work investigates the role of alcohol consumption, physical pain, and sleep deprivation in the economic lives of low-income workers in India. Frank’s second strand of work investigates knowledge diffusion and technology adoption among maize farmers in Kenya.

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Geoff Cohen

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Geoff Cohen

Geoff Cohen is Professor of Organizational Behavior Organizational Studies in Education and Business, and Psychology at Stanford University. Professor Cohen’s research examines processes related to identity maintenance and their implications for social problems. One primary aim of his research is the development of theory-driven, rigorously tested intervention strategies that further our understanding of the processes underpinning social problems and that offer solutions to alleviate them. Two key questions lie at the core of his research: “Given that a problem exists, what are its underlying processes?” And, “Once identified, how can these processes be overcome?” One reason for this interest in intervention is his belief that a useful way to understand psychological processes and social systems is to try to change them. He is also interested in how and when seemingly brief interventions, attuned to underlying psychological processes, produce large and long-lasting psychological and behavioral change.

The methods that his laboratory uses include laboratory experiments, longitudinal studies, content analyses, and randomized field experiments. One specific area of research addresses the effects of group identity on achievement, with a focus on under-performance and racial and gender achievement gaps. Additional research programs address hiring discrimination, the psychology of closed-mindedness and inter-group conflict, and psychological processes underlying anti-social and health-risk behavior.

Professor Cohen earned his Ph.D. in Psychology at Stanford University in 1998. Prior to that, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Cornell University in 1992.

George Akerlof

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George Akerlof

George Akerlof is Senior Resident Scholar at the IMF since 2010 and Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Akerlof studied at Yale University (B.A., 1962) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1966). In 1966 he began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, becoming Goldman Professor of Economics in 1980. His research often drew from other disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, and sociology, and he played an important role in the development of behavioral economics.

In 2001 he was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences along with A. Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz . The Nobel Committee cited Akerlof’s 1970 paper, “The Market for ‘Lemons,’” which for the first time described the role of asymmetric information in causing market perversity. A vicious circle in used car markets illustrates the phenomenon. Potential sellers of used cars, with their superior information, withhold good cars from the market; buyers react by reducing the price they are willing to pay; and in turn sellers further reduce the quality of cars put up for sale.

Dr. Akerlof has also pioneered in the application of sociology and psychology to the workings of the macro-economy, and recently published, with Robert Shiller, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism, and with Rachel Kranton, Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being.

Dr. Akerlof has been senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and past president, vice president and member of the executive committee of the American Economics Association, and member of the Council of the Econometric Society. He is a trustee of the Economists for Peace and Security, and co-director of the Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being program at Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

George Loewenstein

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George Loewenstein

George Loewenstein is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985 and since then has held academic positions at The University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University, and fellowships at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, The Russell Sage Foundation and The Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.

Professor Loewenstein is one of the founders of the field of behavioral economics and more recently of the field of neuroeconomics. He is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Loewenstein’s research focuses on applications of psychology to economics, and his specific interests include decision making over time, bargaining and negotiations, psychology and health, law and economics, the psychology of adaptation, the role of emotion in decision making, the psychology of curiosity, conflict of interest, and “out of control” behaviors such as impulsive violent crime and drug addiction. He has published over 200 journal articles and book chapters, and has written or edited 6 books on topics ranging from intertemporal choice to behavioral economics to emotions.

George Overholser

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George Overholser

George Overholser is the founder and Chairman of Third Sector Capital Partners, which has become America’s leading practitioner in the new field of Pay for Success and Social Impact Bond financing, with offices in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC. His work there has led to hundreds of millions of dollars of innovative social sector financing, all rigorously tied to the achievement of proven social outcomes. As Third Sector’s CEO and Chairman, George has spoken repeatedly at The White House and in testimony on Capitol Hill.

George was previously a senior member of Capital One’s founding management team, where he headed up strategy and oversaw the launch of 20 new businesses as Capital One grew from a staff of 200 to a staff of 15,000. In 1999, he formed North Hill Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage financial and marketing technology firms.

In 2003, he founded NFF Capital Partners, which helped 16 high-performing nonprofits secure over $300 million of philanthropic growth capital. The NFF Capital Partners portfolio went on to grow its programmatic output five-fold, while also markedly improving metrics of financial sustainability.

George continues to invest in technology companies, including Vistaprint, Ltd, which grew annual revenues from $10 million to almost $2 billion during his tenure as a Board Director.

George has been chronicled by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, Business Week, and the New York Times among many other publications; and he has appeared in person as a “case study protagonist” for each of Harvard, Stanford, Sloane, Wharton, University of Virginia and Dartmouth’s MBA programs. George writes frequently on the topic of social sector finance, with recent publications in Stanford’s Social Innovation Review and the San Francisco Federal Reserve’s Community Development Investment Review. He graduated in 1982 from Harvard College with a degree in Physics and in 1987 with an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Hal Hershfield

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Hal Hershfield

Hal Hershfield is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Broadly, he is interested in how individuals perceive the passage of time and how such perceptions influence decision-making and consumer behavior. One of his discoveries suggests that when people are confronted with their “future selves” they experience an emotional sense of connection that can influence long-term financial and ethical decision-making. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University.

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Hannah Furstenberg-Beckman
Vice President

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Hannah Furstenberg-Beckman

Vice President

Hannah Furstenberg-Beckman is a Vice President at ideas42, where she leads a portfolio of Safety and Justice projects, designing and evaluating interventions to strengthen the safety, health, and economic potential of communities disproportionately impacted by crime and violence. Hannah began her career as an AmeriCorps member at the New York Legal Assistance Group. She has extensive experience working to improve outcomes for youth and families in New York City, working at community-based organizations such as The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services and Good Shepherd Services. Hannah has expertise working in criminal justice reform in the U.S. and South Africa and in education, working with the New York City Department of Education and the Spanish Ministry of Education. She holds a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University.

Hannah Spring

Alumni

Hannah Spring

Hannah Spring was a Senior Associate at ideas42 where she focused on projects focused on international development and health. Before ideas42, Hannah earned her BSPH in Public Health and MSPH in Public Health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then was a Research Coordinator at Innovations for Poverty Action.

Hannah is now a Senior UX Researcher at Weight Watchers.

Harrison Neuert
Associate

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Harrison Neuert

Associate

Harrison Neuert is an Associate at ideas42 currently working with state and local governments to apply behavioral science to policy issues. He holds a BA in Economics from Brown University, where he worked as a Research Assistant in the Education Department investigating skills that make teachers particularly effective with English Language Learners. His international experience includes time spent studying Economics and Philosophy at Saint Stephen’s College in Delhi, India and working with local nonprofits to help resettle refugees in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to joining the team at ideas42, Harrison worked as a Segway tour guide in his home town of Burlington, Vermont.

Heather Caruso

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Heather Caruso

Heather Caruso focuses her teaching and research on several aspects of human behavior in organizations. These interests center on: the dynamics and social psychology of diverse (e.g., cross-functional, multicultural) teams; the management of identity, power, and influence in organizations; and strategies for optimal judgment, decision making, and behavior. She is a strong proponent of lifelong learning for management excellence, and encourages students to make the most of their professors’ knowledge and ongoing research not only while they are here, but also throughout their careers.

In addition to her teaching and research, Caruso consults for both private- and public-sector organizations on management and teamwork issues, and serves as the Senior Associate Director for the Center for Decision Research (CDR) at Booth.

Caruso’s formal interests in organizational and social psychology first developed when she was an undergraduate at Stanford University, primarily in the course of doing cross-cultural negotiation research with Jared Curhan and Lee Ross. These interests grew deeper when, while serving as Director of Engineering in a multinational Silicon Valley startup, she became fascinated with real-world experiences related to cultural variation in identity, and the failure of promising collaborations among dissimilar individuals. These experiences helped Caruso decide to pursue a career in teaching and research, so she proceeded to Harvard to do her AM in Social Psychology and her PhD in Organizational Behavior – Social Psychology.

Caruso is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Heather Schofield

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Heather Schofield

Heather Schofield is assistant professor ​at the University of Pennsylvania in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School. Her​ research ​ lies at the intersection of development, health, and behavioral economics. ​Her most recent work focuses on the role of factors such as nutrition, pain, and sleep in shaping economic productivity, cognitive function, and decision-making​. Prof. Schofield co-founded a Behavioral and Development Economics Lab in Chennai, India, where much of her research is based. ​She completed her Ph.D. in Business Economics, M.S. in Global Health and Population, and B.A. in Economics at Harvard University.

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Héber Delgado-Medrano

Alumni

Héber Delgado-Medrano

Héber Manuel Delgado-Medrano is a former Senior Associate at ideas42. Héber received his B.S. in International Political Economy from Georgetown University and MPA in Economics & Public Policy from Princeton University. He is currently an independent consultant in economic & financial modeling, and behavioral design. He works in key sectors, such as cities, transportation, real estate, financial health, and economic development.

Prior to joining ideas42, Héber was Director of Quantification of Rights and Obligations at the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. While at ideas42, he worked on projects dealing with issues of economic mobility and consumer finance both internationally and domestically.

Huma Khan
Senior Associate

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Huma Khan

Senior Associate

Huma Khan is a Senior Associate at ideas42 currently focusing on design and decision-making in consumer finance, access to credit and digital finance. She holds a Masters in Public Administration and International Development degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Bachelors degree from Sewanee, University of the South. In the past she has worked as a management consultant in Nigeria where she partnered with large commercial banks to analyze financial literacy and consumer behavior. She has also worked on consulting projects with governments in Ethiopia and Pakistan. Greatly passionate about viewing social development through a gender lens, Huma has published book chapters and discussion papers measuring and quantifying women’s empowerment and parity in intra-household decision-making in rural Pakistan. When not immersed in analyzing behavioral economics and international development, Huma enjoys analyzing poetry and music.

 

Hunt Allcott

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Hunt Allcott

Hunt Allcott is a Scientific Director at ideas42. He is an Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University.  His research centers on consumer behavior, business strategy, and regulatory policy in energy markets. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has worked as an economist at the World Bank and ICICI Bank and as a consultant with Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

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Hyunsoo Chang

Alumni

Hyunsoo Chang

Hyunsoo Chang was a Senior Associate at ideas42 where he focused on projects in the consumer finance domain.He graduated with his BA in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College. Before joining the ideas42 team, Hyunsoo was an independent contractor for RAND Corporation where he wrote and maintained Perl scripts for web scraping and data manipulation.

Since ideas42, Hyunsoo worked as a fellow for the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team until 2017.

Jaclyn Lefkowitz
Senior Associate

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Jaclyn Lefkowitz

Senior Associate

Jaclyn Lefkowitz is a Senior Associate at ideas42 currently working on projects applying behavioral theory to domestic health, consumer finance, and labor economics. Prior to joining ideas42, Jaclyn served as a Research Assistant in both the Department of Psychology and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.  Her research focused on topics such as Hispanic bilingual advertising and consumer behavior in the food service industry.  Jaclyn holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Cornell University.

Jamie Kimmel

Alumni

Jamie Kimmel

Jamie Kimmel is a former Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Jamie received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and was a research intern at Fourth Economy Consulting. Jamie worked on projects such as environment, education, and consumer finance while at ideas42.

Jamie is currently a Product Researcher at Instagram.

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Jana Smith
Vice President

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Jana Smith

Vice President

Jana Smith is a Vice President at ideas42. She has more than 12 years of experience developing, implementing, and scaling innovative programs and services in the fields of public health, financial inclusion, and international development with deep expertise in gender.

Before joining ideas42, Jana was the Director of Health Services for Pro Mujer where she led design and implementation of health programs within a global women’s development organization serving 250,000 clients in Latin America. In this role, Jana was responsible for developing and executing a global strategy for health programming, overseeing an operation of clinics with a $3.2 million yearly budget, and driving program innovation and research. Previously, Jana held several other roles at Pro Mujer, including program management at the global headquarters and over 5 years living and working directly in the field operations in Mexico, Bolivia, and Argentina. Jana began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia working to develop job placement, microcredit, and business development opportunities for low-income women.

Jana holds an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a B.S. (with honors) from the University of Richmond, with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish. She has served on the Board of the Microfinance Club of New York, has consulted for the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, and is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Jens Ludwig

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Jens Ludwig

Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy and Director of the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago, Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and co-director of the NBER’s Working Group on the Economics of Crime. Ludwig has been involved for the past dozen years with the evaluation of a large HUD-funded housing-mobility experiment known as Moving to Opportunity (MTO), which includes a major demonstration site on the south side of Chicago. He is also one of the nation’s leading gun policy researchers, whose publications on the topic include Gun Violence: The Real Costs with Philip Cook (Oxford, 2000) and Evaluating Gun Policy, co-edited with Cook (Brookings, 2003). In 2006 he was awarded the David Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for distinguished contributions to public policy by the age of 40.

Jeremy Barofsky
Vice President of Applied Research and Evaluation

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Jeremy Barofsky

Vice President of Applied Research and Evaluation

Jeremy Barofsky is the Vice President of Applied Research and Evaluation at ideas42. His work covers the intersection between health and poverty, where the application of behavioral economics can improve wellbeing and human capital formation.

Prior to joining ideas42, Jeremy was the Okun-Model Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and a non-resident fellow there in Governance Studies. He has published on how health investments affect economic development in sub-Saharan Africa and the impact of Mexico’s health insurance program for its low-income population. His work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Health Economics, The Lancet, and Health Affairs. Jeremy received his doctorate from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Global Health and Population (Economics) and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Boston University.

Jessica Jean-Francois
Senior Associate

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Jessica Jean-Francois

Senior Associate

Jessica Jean-Francois is a Senior Associate at ideas42 currently working on international programs. Prior to joining ideas42, Jessica was on a team at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative overseeing the external evaluation of a 3-year program implemented in 10 countries aimed at strengthening local capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies. Jessica has managed research projects on humanitarian response and international development in Latin America, Africa and Asia and overseen education, healthcare, journalism and economic development programs in Haiti and the United States. She holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, a Master’s in Education from Lehman College and a Bachelor in Economics from The George Washington University.

Jessica Leifer
Vice President

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Jessica Leifer

Vice President

Jessica Leifer is a Vice President at ideas42, where she focuses on issues in early childhood development and education. Prior to joining ideas42, Jess completed a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She previously worked as a fellow at the Centre for Impact Investing, where she designed a technical assistance program for nonprofit organizations interested in developing social impact bond programs. Her experience includes analyzing student and school performance at Success Academy Charter Schools as well as partnering with the New York City government to provide special education supports for students in need. As an undergraduate, Jess conducted research on self-control and willpower with Dr. Angela Duckworth. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jill Berardini

Alumni

Jill Berardini

Jill Berardini was a Senior Associate at ideas42 where she applied behavioral science insights to education and financial inclusion. Before joining ideas42, Jill received her Bachelors from Princeton University and was a consultant for Deloitte. Jill is now a software engineer for Rally Health.

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Jiyoung Han

Alumni

Jiyoung Han

Jiyoung Han is a former Vice President at ideas42, and is now at Google. She led a multi-country portfolio of work designing and testing financial services for the underbanked in Sub-Saharan Africa. She previously served in the Korean Presidential Committee team that founded the G20′s Development Agenda and its Business Summit. She also worked with the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership that increases access to vaccines for children in low-income countries. Her field experiences include supporting conflict resolution and social inclusion programs in Nepal, as well as harnessing behavioral insights to improve program impacts in Kenya. Jiyoung studied at the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Chicago, and Sciences Po Paris.

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Johannes Haushofer

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Johannes Haushofer

Johannes Haushofer‘s research interests lie at the intersection of neurobiology, behavioral economics, and development economics. His research asks whether poverty has particular psychological and neurobiological consequences, and whether these consequences, in turn, affect economic behavior. To answer these questions, he combines laboratory experiments with randomized controlled trials of development programs in areas such as health insurance and unconditional cash transfers in Kenya and Sierra Leone. In 2011 Johannes started the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, a research facility for behavioral economics studies with respondents from the Nairobi slums. Johannes has a BA in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from Oxford, a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard, and a PhD in Economics from Zurich.

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John Harris
Projects Director

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John Harris

Projects Director

John Harris is a Projects Director at ideas42, currently directing projects related to early childhood education and voter engagement. Prior to joining ideas42, John directed programs covering sustainability and entrepreneurship at a tech incubator managed by the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. John started his professional experience with a fellowship at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota—Go Gophers!—and a JD from New England Law. He firmly believes Birkenstock sandals pair well with three-piece suits.

Jon Hayes

Alumni

Jon Hayes

Jon Hayes is a former Senior Associate at ideas42. Jon received his B.S. in Psychology & B.A. in Sociology from the University of Utah. Jon also received his M.S. in Teaching Secondary Social Studies at Fordham University and MPA in Public Administration from Princeton University.

Prior to joining ideas42, Jon taught high school history in Brooklyn with Teach for America. Jon then joined ideas42 and worked on projects ranging from issues of safety & justice and economic mobility.

Jon is currently Vice President of User Experience Research Lead at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Jonathan Zinman

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Jonathan Zinman

Jonathan Zinman is a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, an Academic Lead for the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and co-founder of IPA’s U.S. Finance Initiative. He is also a research affiliate/associate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Professor Zinman’s research focuses on household finance and behavioral economics. He has papers published in several top journals in economics, finance, law, and general-interest science, and his work has been featured extensively in popular and trade media as well.

Professor Zinman applies his research by working with policymakers and practitioners around the globe. He has served on the inaugural Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board, as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and as a Community Development Research Advisory Council member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He also works directly with financial service providers, ranging from startups to nonprofits to publicly-traded companies, to develop and test innovations that are beneficial to both providers and their clients.

Josh Martin
Vice President

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Josh Martin

Vice President

Josh Martin is a Vice President at ideas42, responsible for overseeing behavioral science intervention programs in diverse fields from domestic financial aid reform to international livelihoods programs. Prior to joining ideas42, Josh was a policy advisor in Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Planning and Development, having previously held posts at Cordoba Initiative and Princeton University’s Empirical Studies of Conflict program and consulting roles at the World Bank, USAID, the National Democratic Institute, and others. His interests include cash transfer programs, financial inclusion, moral finance, conflict dynamics, corruption, political decision-making, and sports both outdoor and indoor (including table tennis in which he is the undisputed, feared and revered champion of the ideas42 office). Josh has a masters from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and speaks Arabic and French.

Josh Wright
Executive Director

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Josh Wright

Executive Director

Josh Wright is an Executive Director at ideas42. In addition to responsibility for the organization overall, Josh focuses on designing and implementing behavioral solutions to problems in financial services, poverty, healthcare, and education. Josh has extensive experience in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors; industry experience in financial services, media and entertainment, housing, and youth development; and functional expertise in business strategy, new business development, and new venture creation.

Immediately prior to joining ideas42, Josh headed up the Office of Financial Education and Financial Access at the United States Department of the Treasury, where he worked with ideas42 founder Sendhil Mullainathan. Previously, Josh held positions at the Center for Community Change, Booz Allen and Hamilton’s Commercial Management Consulting business, and was a Senior Executive at Bertelsmann’s Random House, Inc.

In addition, Josh served two terms as an elected City Councilmember for the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. Josh has been a visiting lecturer at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School, serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behavior, and is a frequent public speaker on applied behavioral science. He holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Juan David Robalino
Senior Associate

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Juan David Robalino

Senior Associate

Juan David Robalino is a Senior Associate at ideas42. He recently completed a PhD in economics at Cornell University where he focused on behavioral economics and social influence. His research analyzed the role of individuals’ social status in mediating the strength of their social influence among their peers. Prior to Cornell, he worked at IZA –the institute for the study of labor–  on projects concerning the well-being of rural-to-urban migrants in China. He also holds an MS in mathematics from Imperial College London. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar.

Julia Anderson
Senior Associate

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Julia Anderson

Senior Associate

Julia Anderson is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) where she managed clinical comparative research projects that engaged patients as partners in the research process to improve health outcomes through behavior change interventions. Julia also worked at the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, where she researched the links between human health and time spent in nature. She received a Master of Public Health and Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, she enjoys running, backpacking, and dabbling in artistic pursuits.

Julie Chambers
Senior Associate

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Julie Chambers

Senior Associate

Julie Chambers is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Julie worked in research management, assessment and evaluation capacities within the federal government, non-profit and higher education sectors. She is particularly interested in economic mobility and international development and has conducted fieldwork on employee engagement in Brazil and workforce development in Trinidad and Tobago. Originally from Virginia, her turns of phrases often provoke blank looks from her colleagues. Julie received her BA from George Mason University and her MPA from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Justin Sydnor

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Justin Sydnor

Justin Sydnor is an Assistant Professor at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Justin’s research is in the area of behavioral economics. He has conducted research on decision-making under risk, issues of self-control and commitment, limited attention and the economics of discrimination.

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Kanyinsola Aibana
Senior Associate

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Kanyinsola Aibana

Senior Associate

Kanyinsola Aibana is a Senior Associate at ideas42 working on projects in financial inclusion, global health, and post-secondary education. Prior to joining ideas42, Kanyinsola studied Mandarin Chinese at Fudan University and worked in the early childhood education program and legal department of a social services agency. She holds an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College, where she worked as a Research Assistant on projects examining behavioral aspects of decision making and negotiation. In her free time, Kanyinsola enjoys reading novels and manga.

Karina Lorenzana
Vice President

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Karina Lorenzana

Vice President

Karina Lorenzana is a Vice President at ideas42 leading global health initiatives. She has designed and tested behavioral interventions in environment, finance, and health sectors in Ethiopia, Senegal, Nepal, Uganda, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She is also the Senior Behavioral Economics Advisor of the Breakthrough ACTION project, USAID’s flagship for social and behavior change led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. Prior to joining ideas42, Karina worked at the Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. She also served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. Karina has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Katherine Baicker

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Katherine Baicker

Katherine Baicker is a Scientific Director at ideas42. She is Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  From 2005-2007, Katherine served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy.  She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Health Affairs, as a Commissioner on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America, and on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Health Insurance Status and its Consequences.

Her research focuses primarily on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance, with a particular focus on health insurance finance and the effect of reforms on the distribution and quality of care. Her research has been published in journals such as Health Affairs, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalBusiness Week, and on National Public Radio.

Katherine Milkman

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Katherine Milkman

Katherine Milkman is an assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research documents various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices, and she is particularly interested in understanding what factors lead people to undersave for retirement, exercise too little, eat too much junk food, and watch too many lowbrow films. Recently, she has also begun to study race and gender discrimination, focusing on how a decision’s context can alter the manifestation of bias.

Katherine has published articles in top-tier social science journals such as Management Science, theProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and the Journal of Marketing Research. Her work has been featured by The New York TimesThe International Herald Tribune, BusinessWeek,The Economist, NPR, and Harvard Business Review. In 2011, Katherine was recognized as one of the top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants.

Katherine received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University (summa cum laude) in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s joint program in Computer Science and Business.

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Katie Cao

Alumni

Katie Cao

Katie Linh Cao is a former Senior Associate of Finance at ideas42 and is now a student at Fordham University. she assisted the team with financial processes. Prior to joining ideas42, she interned at two accounting firms KPMG and Ernst & Young as well as volunteering at various non-profit organizations including Operation Smile and United Way. She holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from Mercyhurst University.

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Katie Silva
Associate

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Katie Silva

Associate

Katie Silva is an Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Katie conducted clinical research at Boston Children’s Hospital exploring several neurological aspects of acute and chronic pain. She also collaborated with the co-founder of StreetCred at the Boston Medical Center to investigate the effects of financial stress on maternal and child health with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve the financial resources provided to low-income families. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. Katie also enjoys climbing mountains and volunteering as a VITA-certified tax preparer.

Katy Davis
Managing Director

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Katy Davis

Managing Director

Katy Davis is a Managing Director at ideas42, where she oversees the US consumer finance portfolio and related areas. Katy has more than 10 years of experience working across public and private sectors in economic development, finance, and behavioral design. At ideas42, she has led engagements applying behavioral science insights with financial institutions, fintech start-ups, colleges and universities, housing providers, and asset-building nonprofits. She previously advised institutional shareholders on mergers and acquisitions at Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia. Katy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a BA in Mathematics and holds an MBA from Yale School of Management.

Kevin Hong

Alumni

Kevin Hong

Kevin Hong was a Senior Associate at ideas42 and he focused on consumer finance, health, and economic mobility projects. Kevin earned his AB in Computational and Systems Biology from Cornell University and Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University.

Kevin is now the International Relations Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor

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Kevin Moore
Project Manager

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Kevin Moore

Project Manager

Kevin Moore is a Project Manager at ideas42, where he leads the Behavioral Design Team in its partnership with the City of Chicago. Prior to joining ideas42, Kevin worked across various healthcare spaces in Chicago to improve healthcare access and health outcomes for members of the city’s most divested communities. Specifically, he directed clinical operations at Howard Brown Health, a system of LGBTQ-focused community health centers, and conducted clinical and behavioral research at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Kevin also worked as an AmeriCorps Public Ally, where he worked in Operations for Youth Guidance, an education nonprofit geared toward promoting outcomes for youth in Chicago Public Schools. Kevin received his BS in Neuroscience from Yale University. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys podcasts, drag performance, and Flavor of Love reruns.

Kevin Volpp

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Kevin Volpp

Dr. Kevin Volpp is the founding Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI CHIBE), Director of the NIH-funded Penn CMU Roybal P30 Center in Behavioral Economics and Health and the Penn CDC Prevention Research Center, Vice Chairman for Health Policy for the Department of Medical Ethics and Policy, and a Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Health Care Management at the Wharton School. He is a core faculty member of the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and a board certified practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Dr. Volpp’s work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has done work with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the effectiveness of different behavioral economic strategies in addressing tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence. He has competitively been awarded more than $60 million to lead or co-lead studies funded by the National Institutes of Aging as well as the National Heart Lung, Blood Institute; the National Cancer Institute; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders; the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; the CDC;VA Health Services Research and Development; the US Department of Agriculture; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Hewlett Foundation; the Commonwealth Foundation; the Aetna Foundation; Mckinsey; CVS Caremark; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Hawaii Medical Services Association; Merck; Humana; Aramark; Advocate Health System; and Discovery (South Africa). Dr. Volpp’s work has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs and has been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Good Morning America, the BBC, National Public Radio, Time, US News and World Report, USA Today, Der Spiegel, and Australian National Radio.

An intervention study on financial incentives and smoking cessation among employees at General Electric resulted in tripling of long-term smoking cessation rates and implementation of a program based on this approach nationally among all 152,000 GE employees in the U.S. and was the winner of the British Medical Journal Group Award for Translating Research into Practice. His work has also served as the foundation for numerous other widely implemented programs such as a national program on financial incentives for smoking cessation among CVS employees, a prescription refill synchronization program for Humana members, a simple health insurance plan called “Humana Simplicity”, and an approach to increase medication refills using enhanced active choice among CVS members.

Dr. Volpp’s work has been recognized by a number of awards including the Matilda White Riley Award for career achievement by the Office of Social and Behavioral Science at NIH, the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Distinguished Investigator Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science, the Alice Hersh Award from AcademyHealth, the John Thompson Prize from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and multiple ‘best paper of the year’ awards from different societies including Academy Health, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Association for Consumer Research.

Volpp is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Association of American Physicians (AAP), and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences (IOM). He has served as an advisor to many different health plans, employers, and consumer companies.  He is a principal of the behavioral economic consulting firm VALHealth, a contributing writer to JAMA, and serves on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Behavior Change.

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La Tasha Morgan
Executive Assistant & DC Office Manager

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La Tasha Morgan

Executive Assistant & DC Office Manager

La Tasha Morgan is the Executive Assistant & Office Manager for the DC office. Prior to joining ideas42, La Tasha was a Sr. Program Assistant working for The National Academies. She’s a dedicated administrative professional who’s devoted years to helping others master their business procedures. During her tenure at the University of South Florida and Georgetown University she wore many hats, but her more recent roles consisted of an administrative officer & office manager. Her interests include policy development, law, personal development of women and international affairs.

Larry Kantor

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Larry Kantor

Larry Kantor recently completed a year as a 2016 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellow. The ALI is for experienced and successful leaders of large organizations who want to utilize their expertise and leadership skills to tackle some of the world’s most difficult social problems. He retired in 2015 from Barclays Investment Bank as Managing Director and Head of Global Research. In that capacity Larry managed a team of 900-1,000 researchers covering every financial product and region of the world. He published research and managed content, visited institutional clients and spoke at conferences, appeared in the media to discuss economic and market developments, and served on the Investment Bank Executive Committee that set the strategy for the bank. Larry also managed the Barclays index and portfolio analytics businesses.

Larry began his career as an economics professor at Lehigh University, worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, and then spent the rest of his career on Wall St. Before joining Barclays, Larry worked at JPMorgan as chief economist for Europe in London and as global head of foreign exchange strategy. He also worked at Normandy Asset Management as Chief Economist and Strategist. Larry holds a PhD in economics from Ohio State University and a BA in economics from Rutgers University.

Larry is on the Board of the Council for Economic Education, which provides classroom resources and professional development to K-12 teachers so they can provide economics and personal finance knowledge to their students. He is also on the Board of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), which offers a metric-based, mentor-led incentivized program to guide low-income families toward economic independence.

Laura Wolff
Director, NYC Behavioral Design Center

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Laura Wolff

Director, NYC Behavioral Design Center

Laura Wolff is the Director of the NYC Behavioral Design Center at ideas42. Through educational workshops and ‘assist’ and ‘invent’ projects, the Center will help local non-profits infuse behavioral science approaches into their practice, program design, and professional development.   In her prior position as Program Director at the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Laura managed the foundation’s grant programs supporting efforts to improve New York City and State government policies and programs; and to safeguard reproductive rights and access to comprehensive reproductive health care nationally. Laura has also worked as a Program and Strategy Consultant for philanthropic, government, and nonprofit clients.

Currently a member of the Women’s City Club Board of Directors, Laura was a founding board member of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and served on the boards of the Feminist Press, Philanthropy New York, and the YWCA of Brooklyn.

Laura began her career in social science book publishing, holding editorial positions at the Free Press and Dell Publishing Companies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and an M.A. in Psychology from New York University.

Lee-Sien Kao
Associate

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Lee-Sien Kao

Associate

Lee-Sien Kao is an Associate at ideas42. She graduated from Brown University with a BA in Economics. While at Brown, she researched health behavior tradeoffs and worked with the Providence city government on their substance abuse prevention initiatives. One of her hobbies as an undergraduate was participating in psychology and economics experiments. Prior to coming to ideas42, she worked at Dartmouth as a Health Policy Fellow, where she researched the effects of federal health reform. She is an avid language learner, writer, and crossword enthusiast.

Liam Speranza
Digital Communications Associate

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Liam Speranza

Digital Communications Associate

Liam Speranza is the Digital Communications Associate at ideas42. They support the organization’s digital communications strategy and social media presence. Liam earned their BS in Biochemistry at Florida State University, where they conducted undergraduate research and volunteered for organizations supporting issues ranging from environmental sustainability to youth development. Liam has worked with various New York City based non-profits, including BedStuy Campaign Against Hunger and The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services. Their career focuses on creating positive sustainable change and supporting research endeavors.

A native New Yorker, Liam loves running in the city’s parks and going to museums. However, their favorite activity is saying hello to dogs in sweaters.

Liana Johnson
Senior Communications Associate

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Liana Johnson

Senior Communications Associate

Liana Johnson is the Senior Communications Associate at ideas42. She supports the organization’s overall public relations strategy. With a background in non-profit communications, she previously worked for a community-based youth development agency and a national addiction treatment provider. Her work has focused on crafting individual and organization-wide stories and sharing them across the web and social media.

Liana has a BA in Creative Writing from Brandeis University. She once spent a summer giving tours at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and currently spends too much of her free time catering to her cat’s whims.

Lois Aryee
Project Manager

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Lois Aryee

Project Manager

Lois Aryee is Project Manager at ideas42. She recently graduated from New York University with a Master’s in Public Administration. At NYU, Lois worked as a Graduate Researcher for the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where she provided data analysis on policy issues related to real estate, housing and urban issues in New York City. She was also a Microeconomics Teaching Assistant. In that role, she helped graduate students apply economic analysis to public policy issues. Prior to enrolling at NYU, Lois worked as an Evaluation Coordinator for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). There, she helped ran a randomized controlled trial that studied the effectiveness of a government-run apprenticeship program aimed at enhancing the employment opportunities of Ghanaian Youth. Lois has a BA in Economics from DePauw University.

Lori Knapp

Alumni

Lori Knapp

Lori Knapp was a Senior Associate at ideas42 where her work focused on post-secondary education and consumer finance. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Economics and a BS in Mathematics and earned her MBA from University of Chicago.

Before ideas42, Lori worked at The Cambridge Group and now is in a business planning role at Microsoft where she focuses on freemium strategy.

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Louis Potok

Alumni

Louis Potok

Louis Potok is a former Senior Associate at ideas42. Louis received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the team, he worked for the Center for Population Economics. While at ideas42, he worked on projects spanning health and consumer finance.

Louis is currently working on creating socially impactful solutions to problems at the intersection of human behavior and data-driven decision making.

Lydia Trupe
Senior Associate

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Lydia Trupe

Senior Associate

Lydia Trupe is a Senior Associate at ideas42 and is currently serving as the Innovations Advisor for the USAID-funded Breakthrough ACTION Zambia project, which is led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She works on applying behavioral science to address priority global health challenges in the domains of maternal and child health, nutrition, malaria, HIV, and reproductive health.

Prior to joining ideas42, Lydia completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Cape Town, where her research focused on the use of environmental design to prevent community violence. She holds a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University with a minor in Public Health, and she has conducted research on a diverse range of topics from stroke risk awareness in Samoa to uptake of breast cancer screening in South Africa. Lydia has a strong appreciation for Zambia’s subtropical climate and the fact that she does not have to pretend to enjoy seasons.

Maddie Kau
Associate

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Maddie Kau

Associate

Maddie Kau is an Associate at ideas42 working on projects in reproductive health in Asia and Africa. She holds a BA from Brown University, where she studied development economics and impact design. Previously, Maddie worked at a social enterprise in Myanmar designing agricultural tools for small-holder farmers. She also studied Islamic architecture in Turkey and worked as a clam digger and fishmonger on a small island in Washington. She loves moss.

Mahzarin Banaji

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Mahzarin Banaji

Mahzarin Banaji was born and raised in India, received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1986 and was a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington. She served as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study from 2002-2008, and will serve as Cowan Professor at the Santa Fe Institute from 2011-2014.

In 2005, Professor Banaji was elected fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychologists, in 2008 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2009 was named Herbert A. Simon Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science (of which she was recently President), and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.

Professor Banaji studies unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social context. She has primarily studied social attitudes and beliefs in adults and children, relying on multiple methods including cognitive/affective behavioral measures and neuroimaging (fMRI). With these, she explores the implications of her work for questions of individual responsibility and social justice in democratic societies. Her new research interests focus on questions of institutional corruption.

Manasee Desai
Vice President

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Manasee Desai

Vice President

Manasee Desai is a Vice President at ideas42 where she leads a portfolio of projects focused on the behavioral design and rapid iterative testing of various digital financial solutions in countries across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, she works on education projects in the United States. Previously, Manasee spent over 10 years researching financial services and other international development topics, with a number of academics and global partners. In a former life, she worked on U.S. political campaigns at the state and national level and dabbled in biochemistry.

Manasee holds an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where she focused on international policy in urban contexts, and a BA from Boston University in Political Science with minors in Economics and Biology. In her free time, Manasee enjoys film, music, and a diverse array of reality television programs.

Manuel Adelino

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Manuel Adelino

Manuel Adelino is an expert in consumer finance. His research focuses on household, corporate and real estate finance. He is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and an advisor to ideas42. He received a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

Mara Mather

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Mara Mather

Mara Mather’s research focuses on how emotion and stress affect memory and decisions and how such influences differ depending on one’s age and gender. Her research elucidating the interaction of emotion, cognition, and aging has been recognized with the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology and the Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging. She also received a National Institutes of Health K02 Career Development award and the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America. She is Associate Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the University of Southern California and holds an A.B. in psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Princeton University.

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Marc Laitin
Managing Director, New Ventures

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Marc Laitin

Managing Director, New Ventures

Marc Laitin is the Managing Director, New Ventures at ideas42. He is a teacher turned techie and a former VP of Product Management at Opower. At Opower (acquired by Oracle), he led the New Products, User Experience, Analytics, Product Localization, Client Engineering and Knowledge Management teams.

During his tenure at Opower Marc was responsible for conceiving and launching multiple new product lines, as well as architecting hundreds of aggressive, large-scale, behavioral-science-informed market tests to enhance the effectiveness of Opower programs. Prior to joining Opower, Marc co-founded Wired for Change, a political technology and consulting firm, which served more than 85 clients.

From 1997-2004, Marc was a middle school and high school teacher, where he covered everything from mathematics to economics, history, and politics. Marc graduated from Harvard College with an AB in Economics in 1997.

Marcela Cheng
Project Manager

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Marcela Cheng

Project Manager

Marcela Cheng is the Mexico Project Manager at ideas42, currently responsible for managingbehavioral economic interventions projects in the field of financial health in Mexico. Before hertime in Ideas 42, Marcela worked in data collecting projects on poverty assessment, as well associal and health programs evaluation. She was an Advisor for the Technical Committee onDistricting for the National Electoral Institute and has worked at the Tax Administration Serviceand on social development programs at Mexico City Government.She holds a Masters degree on Demography by El Colegio de México and a Degree inPsychology by the National University of Mexico (UNAM). Commited to data based decisions,she acknowledges this basic truth does not apply when it comes to root for her favorite soccerteam: Los Pumas.

Margaret McConnell

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Margaret McConnell

Margaret McConnell is an Assistant Professor of Global Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on applying behavioral economics to savings, health and health care systems. She designs field experiments that test models from behavioral economics, providing insight into whether policies designed to encourage investments in health and improvements in health systems are effective and why.

Her current work focuses on understanding how doctors decisions affect patient adherence, how limited attention contributes to poor health outcomes and how individuals’ experiences shape their beliefs about the value of health technologies.

Maria Pisano
Vice President, Grants and Compliance

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Maria Pisano

Vice President, Grants and Compliance

Maria Pisano is the Vice President of Grants and Compliance at ideas42, where she assists with the day to day operations of the organization, adding to the financial and administrative capacity. Prior to joining ideas42, Maria was an Assistant Vice President at the Royal Bank of Scotland. In that position, she supported the day to day work of the equities trading desk. Her responsibilities included preparing daily profit and loss reports, daily balance sheets, and managing the monthly and yearly close of books. Maria has an MBA from Baruch College at The City University of New York and a BA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Marieke Huysentruyt

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Marieke Huysentruyt

Marieke Huysentruyt is an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SITE) and Faculty Fellow at HEC Paris (Social Business Chair). She holds a M.Sc. in Bio-engineering from Catholic University of Leuven, a M.Sc. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in Economics from London School of Economics (LSE). Prior to joining the Stockholm School of Economics, she was a Lecturer at LSE, teaching on the Master of Public Administration Program.

Marieke Huysentruyt’s research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral economics, organizational economics and development. Professor Huysentruyt’s current work can be grouped into two broad areas: First, she explores the effects of personal values, organizational culture and management practices on organizational outcomes, drawing on both experimental and large-scale panel data. Second, she collaborates with a wide-ranging set of companies and social enterprises in Europe to test (at an unusually large scale) and evaluate the effects of behaviorally inspired new products and services that are designed to address specific needs of poor households in developed and emerging market economies.

In synergy with her academic work, Marieke co-founded and co-leads the R&D strategies of a number of social entrepreneurial ventures: social enterprise incubator and research lab (Oksigen Lab); a shared values strategy consultancy (i-propeller); a social impact investment fund (SI2 Fund); a global panel database on social enterprises. She also co-initiated and co-leads a multi-disciplinary research project on social enterprise and innovation, funded by the European Commission (SEFORÏS).

Marina Dimova

Alumni

Marina Dimova

Marina Dimova was a Vice President at ideas42 where she focused on projects in consumer finance and international development. Marina earned her BA in Economics and Government from Franklin & Marshall College and her MPA/ID in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Marina is now the Managing Director of Design & Innovation at Women’s World Banking.

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Mario Macis

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Mario Macis

Mario Macis is Assistant Professor of Economics and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He is also Associate Faculty at the Armstrong Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Health Economics program), and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

Mario’s research focuses on incentives, pro-social behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health and labor economics. He has conducted large-scale randomized controlled trials in partnership with blood banks (including the American Red Cross) to study the interplay between intrinsic motivation and incentives in pro-social behavior. In recent work at the intersection of economics and bioethics, he studies attitudes toward morally controversial economic transactions such as payments for human organs for transplantation. In ongoing work, he is running a field experiment that taps into people’s social networks in India to improve tuberculosis detection. Mario’s research has received various competitive grants, including grants from the National Science Foundation and the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund.

Mario received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Social Disciplines from Bocconi University in Milan, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Carey, he was Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labor Organization and the National Marrow Donor Program.

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Mark Eden
Director of Finance & Administration

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Mark Eden

Director of Finance & Administration

Mark Eden is the Director of Finance and Administration at ideas42, where he applies over 20 years accounting and operations experience gathered from Europe and America. Primarily working in the audit, services and education sectors, he has frequently assisted startups and rapidly growing organizations in commercial and non-profit environments. Prior to ideas42, Mark worked at the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society working with New York ACS, helping to roll out their Early Learn program for a group of early childhood education centers in low income areas of Brooklyn. When not discovering new tips and tricks for Excel, Mark is a passionate collector of underground music and can often be found in his basement studio deconstructing his favorite tracks. Mark has a BA in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield (UK), and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Matt Hankin
Associate

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Matt Hankin

Associate

Matt Hankin is an Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining the team, Matt worked as an Investment Counselor Analyst at HSBC Private Bank. While working in finance, he developed an interest in how behavioral biases influenced the investment decisions of his clients. Matt holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. During his time in St. Louis, he wrote for the student-run political review and volunteered as a tutor for elementary school students. After moving to New York, he volunteered at a free medical clinic in the Bronx providing Spanish-to-English translation. In his free time, Matt enjoys painting and considers winning a McDonald’s sponsored coloring contest at age eight the pinnacle of his artistic achievement.

Matt Ryan

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Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is the CEO of Roth Ryan Hayes. Driven by a career-long desire to build businesses, brands and relationships; Matt’s path to this new chapter is built at the intersection of fundamentals and the role of meaningful, mutually successful relationships. And a chance to pick up where he left off.

Most recently, Matt was the global CEO of WPP’s United Network, a creatively driven micro-network and its hub office Berlin Cameron United in NY.

Prior to joining WPP, Matt was Co-Chairman of Havas Worldwide New York and President of Global Brands at Havas Worldwide. There he successfully managed a 450 person staff of integrated communications professionals in the flagship office. Among the global clients he had substantial personal engagement with were: ExxonMobile, Jaguar, Reckitt Benkiser, Merck, Volvo and Live Nation; in the US, he worked directly with NY Life, Atlantic City and Dos Equis among others. He joined Euro RSCG/Havas Worldwide as Global Chief Marketing Officer where he led global and regional new business initiatives as well as structured plans for organic growth.

He joined Havas WW from sister agency Arnold Worldwide, where he served as EVP and Executive Director and led the agency’s winning team in the global Volvo review. He subsequently staffed and managed the global Volvo relationship.

Early in his career, Matt founded the integrated agency Ryan, Drossman & Partners, Inc., a pioneer in digital and new technologies that launched lasting digital brands including MovieFone (777-FILM), SportsLine.com, TheStreet.com (Jim Cramer), Verio, Cantor Fitzgerald’s eSpeed, European Business News (WSJ), and S+ WBIS (Dow Jones and Cablevision). Matt ran the business for 10 years. After which he was drawn to the “first” digital revolution. He founded and was CEO of the publicly traded Change Technology Partners and led the team through 12 digital and technology acquisitions in a 14-month period.

Between agency roles, Matt was a Partner at the communications management consultancy Roth Associates, where he managed advertising and media agency searches for leading national and global advertisers such as Jaguar, Toyota, and Shell among others.

Matt graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Newspaper Journalism.

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Matthew Darling
Vice President

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Matthew Darling

Vice President

Matthew Darling is a Vice President at ideas42 and Teaching Fellow in Economic Design at Harvard University. He has contributed to ideas42 projects in poverty, health care, early childhood education, financial literacy, mortgage default reduction, climate change, and labor economics. Like all humans, Matt has a limited memory – he might be forgetting a few project domains. Matt graduated from Hampshire College with a self-designed concentration in economics and cognitive science, and from Tufts University with a MS in economics. He has previously worked as a consultant at Kohlberg and Associates, and as a research assistant at the Stanford Neuroeconomics Lab. In his copious free time he enjoys reading, biking and playing ultimate frisbee or board games.

Max Bazerman

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Max Bazerman

In addition to being the Straus Professor at the Harvard Business School, Max Bazerman is formally affiliated with the Kennedy School of Government, the Psychology Department, and the Program on Negotiation.

Professor Bazerman’s research focuses on decision making, negotiation, and ethics. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nineteen books (including Blind Spots [with Ann Tenbrunsel], Princeton University Press, 2011) and over 200 research articles and chapters. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Behavioral ScientistJournal of Management and GovernanceMind and SocietyNegotiations and Conflict Management ResearchPsychological and Personality Science, and The Journal of Behavioral Finance. Also, he is a member of the international advisory board of the Negotiation Journal.

From 2002-2008, Professor Bazerman was consistently named one of the top 40 authors, speakers, and teachers of management by Executive Excellence. He was ‘Teacher of the Year’ by the Executive Masters Program of the Kellogg School. In 2003, Professor Bazerman received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of London (London Business School), the Kulp-Wright Book Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association for Predictable Surprises (with Michael Watkins), and the Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. In 2008, Professor Bazerman was named as Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics, was named one of Daily Kos’ Heroes from the Bush Era for going public about how the Bush Administration corrupted the RICO Tobacco trial, (with Deepak Malhotra) received the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Outstanding Book Award for Negotiation Genius, and received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management.

Maya Alper
Associate

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Maya Alper

Associate

Maya Alper is an Associate at ideas42. Before joining the team, Maya served as an intern at the NYU Brennan Center for Justice, where she worked to support the organization’s goal of improving government systems of democratic participation and justice. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health where she explored the impact of behavioral interventions on a variety of global health issues, and as a field intern at Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization in Northern Uganda where she supported the monitoring and evaluation of a project aimed at improving maternal health outcomes and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. She also served as an intern at Harlem RBI (now DREAM), an organization focused on promoting childhood wellness and improving education outcomes.  She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Barnard College of Columbia University. Outside of work, Maya enjoys pretending that her beloved Boston sports teams are still a bunch of lovable underdogs.

Melissa Cole
Senior Associate

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Melissa Cole

Senior Associate

Melissa Cole is a Senior Associate on the NYC Behavioral Design Team at ideas42. Melissa has dedicated her career to economic mobility and social innovation, starting as an educator through Teach for America in Harlem and a program manager at education nonprofits across NYC. Prior to joining ideas42, she served as Senior Program Officer of Financial Inclusion at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs: Office of Financial Empowerment, where she oversaw the pairing of financial counseling with housing assistance, workforce development, and youth employment programs. As a graduate student, Melissa worked with a team at the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity to research and recommend an early education tutoring program to address the achievement gap in NYC public schools. She enjoys spending her spare time designing a women’s mentorship service to enhance gender equity in the workplace, for which she competed in the Berkley Entrepreneurship Challenge at NYU. Melissa holds an MPA from the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA from the College of Saint Benedict.

Melissa L. Bradley

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Melissa L. Bradley

Melissa L. Bradley has more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation. Melissa also serves as a faculty advisor for the Social Venture Lab and runs experiential learning opportunities for students across the entire University.

Previously Melissa served as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). As a presidential appointee, Melissa successfully revised the CNCS four-year strategic plan, completed a feasibility study for a congressionally chartered foundation, and served as the policy lead on the Performance Partnerships Pilot for Disconnected Youth (P3). She was responsible for securing over $15M of public and private sector partnerships to support the President’s Task Force on Expanding National Service in one year; this included securing the largest corporate sponsored AmeriCorps program with the Citi Foundation with an investment of $10M. Melissa also served as a member of a cross-agency team to develop and draft the NOFO for an $11M Pay for Success pilot, the second largest offered by the federal government.

During her tenure at CNCS, Melissa was detailed to the Department of Education to continue her work in support of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, designed to bring attention to, and support for decreasing, the disparities facing boys and young men of color. As part of the launch of the President’s initiative, Melissa has authored the chapter on mentoring, launched the national engagement call to action for mentors, served as agency lead on the interagency task force, and identified public-private partnerships to support this important work which included a $13M commitment from AT&T.

Before joining CNCS, Melissa served as Chief Executive Officer of Tides, a network of entities committed to helping donors and doers create a better world. As the first professional CEO she managed over 120 staff in four locations with an annual budget over $20 million. Under Melissa’s leadership, the organization doubled the number of donors in one year and generated the highest contributions since 2000.

Melissa’s corporate experience includes her role as Director of Investment Services at CIT GAP Funds, which provides seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology and life science companies. She also served as Vice President at UBS in the Private Client Group, where she was responsible for developing and releasing online properties to increase wallet share from high net-worth clients.

Melissa currently serves as an Advisor to Renewal 2 Investment Fund. She also holds board positions with Aeris, and the Office Depot Foundation. She serves as an Advisor to Wallet AI, the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE) at Duke University, LGBTQ Center at Georgetown University and Founding Advisor to the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs. She is also Founder and Former Chair of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance and served as a board member on the Georgetown University Board of Governors for more than 10 years.

Melissa’s educational background includes graduation from Georgetown University in 1989 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Finance from the School of Business, and a master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from American University in 1993.

Michael D. Grubb

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Michael D. Grubb

Michael D. Grubb is an Associate Professor of Economics at Boston College. Grubb is a leading expert in the field of behavioral industrial organization whose recent research has focused on overconfidence, bill-shock regulation, and consumer inattention. His recent publications include, “Consumer Inattention and Bill-Shock Regulation” (Review of Economic Studies, 2015), “Cellular Service Demand: Biased Beliefs, Learning, and Bill Shock” (American Economic Review, 2015), and “Overconfident Consumers in the Marketplace” (Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2015). His additional research interests include applied microeconomic theory, industrial organization, online advertising, and market design. Grubb has been invited to speak about the connection between behavioral industrial organization and policy at the US Federal Trade Commission and the UK Financial Conduct Authority. He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, and is on the advisory board of the Rubicon Project, a company that automates the buying and selling of online advertising. Before arriving at Boston College, Grubb was an Assistant Professor of Applied Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management from 2007 to 2013, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University from 2009 to 2010, and a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research from 2009 to 2012.

Michael Luca

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Michael Luca

Michael Luca is an assistant professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. He teaches the Negotiations course in the MBA elective curriculum. Professor Luca applies econometric methods to field data in order to study the impact of information in market settings. He investigates the types and features of information disclosure that are most effective, the way in which information disclosure is produced and designed, and how these phenomena affect market structure. In his research, Professor Luca considers rankings, expert reviews, online consumer reviews, and quality disclosure laws.

His current work focuses on crowdsourced reviews, analyzing a variety of companies including Yelp, Amazon, and Airbnb. His findings have been written and blogged about in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Harvard Business Review, PC World Magazine, and Salon.

Professor Luca received his PhD in economics from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from SUNY Albany. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he worked as a health-care actuary for major insurers.

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Michael Norton

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Michael Norton

Michael Norton is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Marketing Unit and Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, he was a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

His work has been published in a number of leading academic journals, including Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Annual Review of Psychology, and has been covered in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research has twice been featured in the New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas issue, in 2007 (Ambiguity Promotes Liking) and 2009 (The Counterfeit Self). His “The IKEA Effect: When Labor Leads to Love” was featured in Harvard Business Review’s Breakthrough Ideas for 2009.

Michael S. Barr

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Michael S. Barr

Michael S. Barr is a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. He is a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches Financial Institutions and International Finance, among other courses. Barr is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the Brookings Institution.

Barr was on leave from 2009-2010, serving as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions. He was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

As an academic, Barr conducts large-scale empirical research regarding financial services and low- and moderate-income households and researches and writes about a wide range of issues in financial regulation. He is author of No Slack: The Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans (Brookings Press, 2012), and the co-editor of Insufficient Funds (Russell Sage, 2009, with Blank), and Building Inclusive Financial Systems (Brookings Press, 2007, with Kumar and Litan). Other recent publications include An Opt-Out Home Mortgage SystemBehaviorally Informed Financial Services RegulationThird-Party Tax AdministrationAn Inclusive Progressive National Savings and Financial Services PolicyCredit Where it CountsBanking the PoorMicrofinance and Financial Development, and Global Administrative Law: The View from Basel.

He previously served as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin’s Special Assistant, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, as Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton, as a special advisor and counselor on the policy planning staff at the State Department, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the Southern District of New York.

Barr received his J.D. from Yale Law School, his M.Phil. in international relations from Magdalen College, Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, and his B.A., summa cum laude, with honors in history, from Yale University.

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Michael Stern

Alumni

Michael Stern

Michael Stern is a former Senior Associate at ideas42, where he focused on issues in education and agriculture. Prior to ideas42, Michael worked in EdTech for the start-up BrightBytes, where he researched data platforms, and for the social gaming company Zynga, where he piloted innovation projects. He also researched topics relating to inter-temporal choice in the Stanford Decision Neuroscience Lab.

Michael holds a B.S. from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Decision Making and Rationality.

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Mike Burshteyn
Senior Associate

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Mike Burshteyn

Senior Associate

Mike Burshteyn is a Senior Associate at ideas42 where he works on Gov42 — a portfolio of projects bringing evidence-based, behavioral innovations to state and city governments. He is interested in how organizations of all types can develop deeper insights into the behaviors of their citizens, customers, employees, and partners, and how this understanding can be best deployed to generate innovation and impact.
Mike’s career spans the for- and non-profit sectors, ranging from his work at a hedge fund in Connecticut, to Spark Microgrants, a community development NGO in East Africa. At Spark, he served as the COO and worked on designing, building, and implementing financial, human capital, and operational systems. Mike recently completed his MBA from the Yale School of Management where he co-led the Design & Innovation Club and GreenLight — an innovation workshop series through the Center for Business and the Environment. He also holds a BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University. In his free time, he can be found trail running with his dog-gazelle hybrid Kumoka, and sneaking up on people as they read the last sentence of his bio.

Mitesh Patel

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Mitesh Patel

Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. He is a Primary Care Physician at the Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia and is on faculty at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. His research focuses on studying innovative ways to change health behaviors and improve health outcomes by combining digital health approaches that collect data using wireless and wearable devices with engagement strategies that leverage insights from behavioral economics. He has led more than 10 clinical trials that evaluated financial and social incentive designs within hospitals and in partnership with insurers, employers, and community organizations.

As Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, he leads an initiative within the health care system to systematically test ways to apply insights from behavioral science to choice environments to improve health care value and outcomes. He is the Co-Director of the E-Health course for Wharton MBA students and the Health Care Systems course for Penn medical students. Dr. Patel has received a Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dr. Patel’s work has been published in leading medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Time, NPR and CNN.

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Mitra Salasel
Director of Communications

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Mitra Salasel

Director of Communications

Mitra Salasel is the Director of Communications at ideas42. She leads strategic communications and media relations work for the organization. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Behavioral Scientist magazine. She came to ideas42 from the political arena in Texas, where she spent several years crafting communications strategies and messaging for high-visibility electoral campaigns and political action committees. Her work was largely focused on narrowing the gender representation gap at all levels of the political process. Mitra holds a BS in Political Science from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She is an experienced speechwriter, fundraiser, and spokesperson. When she is not testing the meaning of the ClassPass “unlimited” policy, Mitra is counting the days until pomegranate season.

Mor Kenane

Alumni

Mor Kenane

Mor Kenane was a Finance Associate at ideas42. Before ideas42, she was a Program and Budget Coordinator at Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon. She earned her BS in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Oregon.

Since her time with ideas42, Mor has started a career as a software engineer with Expel.

Morgan Yucel
Associate

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Morgan Yucel

Associate

Morgan Yucel is an Associate at ideas42, where she uses behavioral insights to help communities tackle pivotal health decisions in Francophone countries in Africa.

Prior to joining ideas42, Morgan worked as a Field Research Manager of a randomized controlled trial on citizen engagement and governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More recently, she worked as a consultant with Dalberg to help the Millennium Challenge Corporation develop their compact with Burkina Faso, and then worked as a Research Associate with J-PAL to develop an ed-tech program in economics at MIT. She has also held various positions with the Center for Global Development, the Global Water Challenge, and GlobalGiving. Morgan holds a BA in public policy & economics from Pomona College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In her free time, Morgan can be found on a ski or hiking trail in one hemisphere or the other, probably clutching the ankle she just re-sprained.

Mukta Joshi
Project Manager

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Mukta Joshi

Project Manager

Mukta Joshi is a Project Manager at ideas42. A development economist by training, Mukta has extensive experience in applied research across multiple disciplines (development finance and private sector development) and geographies (North America, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa). Prior to joining ideas42, Mukta worked with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC. At the World Bank, Mukta was responsible for conducting research on financial access for small and medium enterprises (SME) and households in South Asia. At the IFC, Mukta was one of the lead contributors to G-20 SME Finance Stocktaking Report published at the G-20 Seoul Summit 2010. Mukta holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Economics from Mumbai University in India.

Natalie Dabney
Vice President

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Natalie Dabney

Vice President

Natalie Dabney is a Vice President at ideas42. Prior to ideas42, Natalie served as Director of Research and Social Impact at Concordia, a nonprofit focused on promoting public-private partnerships for social good. Her academic and work background is in rigorous evaluation, and she worked at Mathematica Policy Research for several years analyzing interventions in the fields of health, education, and labor. Natalie received her BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and her MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Natalie Donzé

Alumni

Natalie Donzé

Natalie Donzé was a Senior Associate at ideas42 where she was responsible for the planning and delivery of an executive education program designed to help global thought leaders and policymakers understand how to use insights into public decision making to address complex social problems.

Natalie graduated from The University of Auckland wish a BS in Psychology and Exercise Science. Natalie now is a principal consultant at Donzé&Co.

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Nathaniel Lurie

Alumni

Nathaniel Lurie

Nathaniel Lurie was an Associate at ideas42 working on projects facing issues within finance and education. He graduated with a BA in History, Middle Eastern Studies, and Legal Studies from Brandeis University and currently works in business operations for InsightSquared.

Nava Ashraf

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Nava Ashraf

Nava Ashraf is an Associate Professor in the Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Ashraf received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2005, and her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Stanford University.

Professor Ashraf’s research combines psychology and economics, using both lab and field experiments to test insights from behavioral economics in the context of development projects in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Her experiments address behavior change in health and health services delivery, in agricultural production, and in microfinance. She has conducted research on questions of intra-household decision making in the areas of finance and fertility, with a special focus on women’s empowerment. Her research is published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

She is a Faculty Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at M.I.T., dedicated to the use of randomized trials as a tool for learning what works in international development, and a Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has been awarded a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service by the Government of Canada, and is the youngest person ever to receive the Order of British Columbia.

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Nicholas Epley

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Nicholas Epley

Nicholas Epley conducts research on the experimental study of social cognition, perspective taking, and intuitive human judgment. “Most people are intuitive psychologists in their daily lives – wondering why people think or behave as they do. I just happened to find a profession that enables me to answer these questions for a living,” explains Professor Epley.

His research has appeared in more than two dozen journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyPsychological SciencePsychological Review; and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. His research also has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others; has been funded by the National Science Foundation; and has earned the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the 2010 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association.

Professor Epley received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy in 1996 from Saint Olaf College. In 2001, he graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in psychology, where he earned a Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of Psychology as well as a Cornell University Teaching Fellowship. Epley became an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, and then joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2004.

Nicki Cohen
Senior Associate

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Nicki Cohen

Senior Associate

Nicki Cohen is a Senior Associate at ideas42 working on behavioral innovations in maternal and reproductive health, digital financial services, and education. Prior to joining ideas42, Nicki worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago where she advised clients on strategic problems in healthcare and financial services. Nicki holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University, where she researched the evolutionary origins of economic behaviors through experiments with capuchin monkeys. Nicki enjoys reading science fiction in hammocks and exploring the city by foot and bike.

Nicole Russo
Senior Associate

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Nicole Russo

Senior Associate

Nicole Russo is a Senior Associate at ideas42.  Prior to joining ideas42, Nicole worked for Development Alternatives, Inc., where she designed and managed projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Her portfolio included enterprise development, local governance, health, and women’s empowerment projects in Afghanistan, Liberia, Jordan, Lebanon, and Indonesia.  Nicole speaks French and holds a BA from Wake Forest University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Nigel Morris

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Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris is the managing partner of QED Investors, a direct investment fund focused on high growth companies that leverage the power of data strategies. In addition, he works in an advisory capacity with General Atlantic Partners and Oliver Wyman Consulting. He serves on the board of numerous for profit companies, including TransUnion, Red Ventures, Network Solutions, Prosper, Clearspring Technologies, Media Math, and Mobile Posse. He is also on the board of the Brookings Institution, National Geographic Ventures, and the London Business School.

Previously, Nigel co-founded Capital One Financial Services in 1994. Under Nigel’s leadership, Capital One pioneered an information-based strategy that fundamentally transformed the consumer lending industry. Combining advanced statistical marketing techniques with nascent information technologies, the company reduced costs to conventional borrowers, extended capital to overlooked consumers, expanded internationally, and produced extraordinary returns for investors.

During Nigel’s ten-year tenure, Capital One’s sales grew at a compound annual rate of more than 40%. Over this same decade, earnings per share growth and return on equity both exceeded 20% per year, a financial performance attained by only a handful of American companies. Upon his retirement in 2004, Capital One’s 15,000 employees across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom managed over $80 billion of loans for 50 million customers. Generating over $1.5 billion in earnings, Capital One had successfully transitioned from an emerging start up into an established public company valued at over $20 billion.

Nigel has a BSC in Psychology from the East London University and a MBA with distinction from London Business School, where he is also a Fellow. Nigel lives with his wife and four children in Virginia.

Nuha Saho
Associate

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Nuha Saho

Associate

Nuha Saho is an Associate at ideas42. He graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Social Studies with a focus on Inequalities in U.S. Health. While at Harvard, he wrote a senior thesis examining college student eating habits and food taste as a lens into health and social inequalities on campus. He became fascinated with using insights from behavioral economics to solve social issues as a public health intern at Bloomberg Philanthropies.There, he studied the relationship between government tax increases on tobacco products and smoking cessation. Throughout college, he worked as an intern for the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. There, he organized and facilitated critical campus discussions about issues of diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond.

Nuha grew up in The Bronx with his five sisters. In his free time, he loves watching anime and talking walks around New York City.

Olivia Jones

Alumni

Olivia Jones

Olivia Jones was the Executive Assistant and New York Office Manager at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Olivia worked as the Business Operations Coordinator at the New York Foundling. There, she provided administrative support to the Foundling’s VP and COO and managed the Foundling’s Technology Workforce Development pilot program, which provided 18-24 year old foster youth in New York City with career development training to enter the technology industry.

She has an extensive human services background, including sexual and domestic violence advocacy, LGBTQ policy reform, homeless services, and racial justice work. Olivia has served in various project and program roles at organizations such as Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Picture the Homeless, and ColorOfChange. She holds a B.A. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, and an A.S. in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement. When not working, Olivia is either watching a horror movie (or Steven Universe, priority interchangeable), or compiling the playlist she will use for her first book signing.

Omar Parbhoo
Vice President

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Omar Parbhoo

Vice President

Omar Parbhoo is a Vice President at ideas42, focusing on charitable giving and international livelihood programs. Prior to joining the team, he served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, providing strategic guidance on global economic policy to top officials. Omar also led efforts to promote inclusive economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from entrepreneurship programs to key elements of the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. In addition to these roles, Omar has held positions at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Social Security Administration, and served overseas in Jerusalem and Tripoli, Libya.

Omar received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in International Economics from the University of California, San Diego. To keep the other half of his brain sharp, Omar regularly performs improv comedy in theatres around Washington, D.C.

Owen Footer
Senior Associate

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Owen Footer

Senior Associate

Owen Footer is a Senior Associate at ideas42. He holds an MA in Psychology from Columbia University, where he researched social influences on stress and decision-making as well as how emotional and cognitive processes interact in the brain during decision-making. Prior to graduate school, Owen conducted research on human brain connectivity, and its relations to personality and behavior, as a research assistant for the Human Connectome Project. He also graduated with a BA in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work, Owen enjoys traveling, following the NBA obsessively, and cooking; in fact, after striking it rich in behavioral science, he dreams of one day opening a PWYW salami and charcuterie shop named Cure for the Masses.

Paul Brest

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Paul Brest

Paul Brest is Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000-2012.

He is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2008),Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010),and articles on constitutional law, philanthropy, and impact investing. His current courses include Problem Solving for Public Policy and Social Change, Measuring and Improving Social Impact, and Advanced Topics in Philanthropy and Impact Investing. He also is the instructor in an online course, Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, offered by Philanthropy University.

Professor Brest is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Northwestern University School of Law and Swarthmore College. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, he clerked for Judge Bailey Aldrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court, and did civil rights litigation with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Mississippi.

Paul Dolan

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Paul Dolan

Paul Dolan is currently Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Director of the Executive MSc Behavioural Science.

There are two main themes to Paul’s work: 1) developing measures of happiness and subjective wellbeing that can be used in policy and by individuals looking to be happier; and 2) considering ways in which the lessons from the behavioural sciences can be used to understand and change individual behaviour, and to add to the evidence base in this regard. He uses a range of data and methods to address these issues, and to better integrate them e.g. surveys, big data, lab studies, and field experiments.

Paul Ferraro

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Paul Ferraro

Paul Ferraro is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He has a joint appointment in the Whiting School and the Carey Business School. He also serves as co-Director of the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR). His research focuses on behavioral economics and the design and evaluation of environmental programs in the private and public sector. Because these research areas are multi-disciplinary and applied, he collaborates with scientists and engineers from a variety of social, natural and physical science disciplines, as well as practitioners in the field.

Ferraro holds a B.A. and M.S. from Duke University and received his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He is the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Sustainability Studies at Cambridge University, a Senior Science Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund, and a former science advisor to the Global Environment Facility.

Paul J. Zak

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Paul J. Zak

Paul J. Zak is a scientist, prolific author, and public speaker. His book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity was published in 2012 and was a finalist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. He is credited with the first published use of the term “neuroeconomics” and has been a vanguard in this new discipline. He organized and administers the first doctoral program in neuroeconomics. Dr. Zak’s lab discovered in 2004 that the brain chemical oxytocin allows us to determine who to trust. His current research has shown that oxytocin is responsible for virtuous behaviors, working as the brain’s “moral molecule.” This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for civilization and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Zak’s work on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname “Dr. Love.” His current work applies neuroscience to improve marketing and consumer experiences, and to build high performance organizations. 

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Paul Slovic

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Paul Slovic

Paul Slovic is president of Decision Research and a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. He studies human judgment, decision making, and risk perception, and has published extensively on these topics. His most recent work examines “psychic numbing” and the failure to respond to mass human tragedies. Dr. Slovic received a B.A. degree from Stanford University, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, and honorary doctorates from the Stockholm School of Economics and the University of East Anglia. He is past president of the Society for Risk Analysis and in 1991 received its Distinguished Contribution Award. In 1993, Dr. Slovic received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, and in 1995 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Oregon Academy of Science.

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Peter R. Orszag

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Peter R. Orszag

Peter Orszag joined Lazard as a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking in May 2016. He also serves as Global Co-Head of Healthcare and he is based in New York.

Prior to joining Lazard, Peter was with Citigroup (since 2011), where he was Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking and Chairman of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group. He was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2009-2010), serving in President Barack Obama’s cabinet, and Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) (2007-2008).

Before leading the CBO, Peter served as Director of the Hamilton Project (generating innovative solutions to support broad-based economic growth) and the Retirement Security Project (promoting retirement security amongst moderate and lower-income families) at the Brookings Institution, where he was a senior fellow in economic studies. He previously served in the Clinton Administration, on both the Council of Economic Advisers staff and the National Economic Council.

Peter serves on the board of directors of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, among other boards. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Princeton University, B.A., summa cum laude in Economics; London School of Economics, Ph.D., Economics (Marshall Scholar)

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Philip Oreopoulos

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Philip Oreopoulos

Philip Oreopoulos is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. from the University of British Columbia. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow at Statistics Canada. He held a previous visiting appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Oreopoulos is a referee for several publications including the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Dr. Oreopoulos’ research focuses on particular factors in early stages of a person’s development that contribute to long-run well-being and social-economic success. Some of these factors may be determined by individuals’ own decisions (e.g. choosing whether to drop out of school, how hard to study), or by external circumstances beyond individuals’ control (e.g. living in a poor neighborhood, born into a low-income and low-educated family, graduating in a recession, or placed in a class with an uninspiring teacher). Dr. Oreopoulos tries to identify these influences from a variety of experimental and quasi-experimental methods, with an eye on the possibility that large society gains may arise through policies that alter these circumstances.

Phoebe Ellsworth

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Phoebe Ellsworth

Phoebe Ellsworth is the Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Law and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has conducted pioneering scholarship in the field of psychology and law. She has published widely on the subjects of person perception and emotion, public opinion and the death penalty, and jury behavior. Her most recent articles have appeared in American Psychologist;Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; and Behavioral Sciences and the Law.

Professor Ellsworth is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the board of trustees of the Law and Society Association and the executive board of the Death Penalty Information Center, and an international review committee member for the Swiss National Science Foundation. Professor Ellsworth is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford universities.

Piyush Tantia
Chief Innovation Officer

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Piyush Tantia

Chief Innovation Officer

Piyush Tantia is Chief Innovation Officer at ideas42, and a board member. Since joining ideas42 in 2009 he has worked closely with leading academics from Harvard, MIT and Princeton to design and implement solutions in various areas including household finance, education, international development, poverty, criminal justice and healthcare. As ideas42’s founding Executive Director until June 2018, he transitioned the organization from a research initiative at Harvard University to an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Prior to joining ideas42, Piyush was a Partner at the leading strategy consulting firm, Oliver Wyman. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School and frequently lectures at Harvard, Wharton and Columbia. Piyush has served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behavior and various boards. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a B.S.Econ from the Wharton School and a B.S.E. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Pranav Trewn

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Pranav Trewn

Pranav Trewn is a former Associate at ideas42. He holds a BA in Economics with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, where as a research assistant he worked on projects teasing environmental effects on academic achievement and framing on consumer behavior. As a course assistant in the Education department, he helped design and implement the use of a democratic pedagogy for the minor’s core class. Prior to ideas42, Pranav worked on his campus to provide free, accessible entertainment for the student body, and was a policy fellow at the California Governor’s Office Of Planning And Research.

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Preeti Anand
Project Manager

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Preeti Anand

Project Manager

Preeti Anand is a Project Manager with ideas42 based in the National Capital Region of India, managing a portfolio of projects in digital financial services across South Asia. Preeti has wide experience working with low-income customers, assessing their needs & behaviors and operationalizing solutions to further financial inclusion. Before joining ideas42, Preeti worked with Grameen Foundation India, focusing on innovation in digital financial services serving lower income households. Before moving into the social development sector, Preeti was a management consultant with expertise in strategy and finance. An engineer with an MBA by education, Preeti studied at leading institutions in Mumbai, India. Preeti’s leisure goal in life is to travel across India, not just for sightseeing but also to savor authentic regional delicacies.

Rachel Banay
Senior Associate

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Rachel Banay

Senior Associate

Rachel Banay is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where she works on projects in global health. She received her doctorate from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her dissertation research focused on the relations between features of the urban environment (e.g. access to nature and neighborhood noise level) and mental health, physical activity, and chronic disease. She also holds a masters in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of PublicHealth, and a bachelor of arts from Harvard College. Prior to her graduate work, Rachel contributed to large-scale evaluations of federal programs in health, education, housing and labor at Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA. Outside of her work at ideas42, Rachel studies the intersection of wanting a dog and living in a New York City apartment.

Rachel Rosenberg
Senior Associate

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Rachel Rosenberg

Senior Associate

Rachel Rosenberg is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining the team, Rachel worked as a monitoring and evaluation consultant in international development, where she evaluated the outcomes of a US State Department Law Enforcement Training Center serving West Africa. Previously, she held a post with the United Nations Development Program and also served as a research fellow for the International Organization for Migration in Colombia, where she led an evaluation of reintegration programming for former combatants. In addition, Rachel has expertise in the area of impact investing and financial inclusion, having held consultancies with Liquidnet for Good, Root Capital, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Rachel holds her MA in Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and her BA in International Relations and Economics from Stanford University.

Raegan Tennant
Senior Associate

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Raegan Tennant

Senior Associate

Raegan Tennant is a Senior Associate at ideas42 who works on projects in health, education, and consumer finance. She completed her doctorate in Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she worked with Richard Thaler, Reid Hastie, and Christopher Hsee. Her dissertation investigated three new approaches to prescriptive decision making, and she continues to pursue post-doctoral research on this topic. Before graduate school, Raegan worked for psychology research labs at Harvard University, where she had completed her undergraduate degree. She subscribes to National Geographic magazine and loves nature shows.

Rahin Khandker
Senior Associate

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Rahin Khandker

Senior Associate

Rahin Khandker is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Previously, she worked at Innovations for Poverty Action managing randomized evaluations for several health interventions in Bangladesh. She also worked in Nepal under a joint study conducted by Stanford University and Vanderbilt University, where she collaborated closely with radio studios, graphic novelists and local NGOs to develop large-scale public awareness campaigns targeting human trafficking in the country. Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Rahin is a Florida Gator fan and enjoys swamplands. She holds an MPA in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Rebecca Mack
Associate

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Rebecca Mack

Associate

Rebecca Mack is an Associate at ideas42. She recently graduated from Cornell University with a BA in History and a minor in Psychology. She became fascinated with behavioral science through courses related to social psychology and decision-making. While at Cornell, Rebecca founded a series of student-led, TED-style talks called REDTalks, which showcased some of Cornell students’ many diverse ideas and experiences. She also tutored students in writing through Cornell’s Knight Institute, and worked as a research assistant at the Food and Brand Lab, where she explored the behavioral factors that influence people to make healthy (or unhealthy) food choices. Prior to attending Cornell, Rebecca spent a year living abroad in Israel, and has since continued to cultivate her affinity for learning new languages. Rebecca loves anything athletic, and spends much of her free time playing competitive Ultimate Frisbee. She never goes anywhere without a bar of extra-dark chocolate.

Rebecca Ross

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Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross was a Vice President at ideas42 where she worked on projects focusing with postsecondary success. Rebecca earned her BA in Political Science from Vassar College and MPA in Public Management from University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining ideas42, Rebecca was the Vice President of Seedco and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering education change efforts.

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Renee Ho

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Renee Ho

Renee Ho was a Senior Associate at ideas42 and worked on projects in consumer finance and healthcare.

Before joining ideas42, Renee was a Program Assistant of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and earned her BA in Political Science from University of California at Berkeley and her Masters of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.

Renee is now an independent consultant.

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Richard H. Thaler

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Richard H. Thaler

Richard H. Thaler is a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. He is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and the director of the Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. Originally from New Jersey, Thaler attended Case Western Reserve University where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1967. Soon after, he attended the University of Rochester where he received a master’s degree in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1974. Before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1995, Thaler taught at the University of Rochester and Cornell as well as visiting stints at The University of British Columbia, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Thaler studies behavioral economics and finance as well as the psychology of decision-making which lies in the gap between economics and psychology. His column, Anomalies, in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, brought the first sustained attention to many phenomena unexplained by conventional economic theory. His articles documented how phenomena such as risk aversion, cooperation in the Prisoner’s Dilemma, rejection in the Ultimatum game, and international trade could not plausibly be explained without relaxing the standard assumptions of rationality and selfishness.

Thaler is the co-author (with Cass R. Sunstein) of the global best seller Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, in which the concepts of behavioral economics are used to tackle many of society’s major problems. He is a regular contributor to the Economic View column of The New York Times and has published a number of articles in prominent journals such as the American Economics Review, the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Political Economy. He has authored or edited four other books: Quasi-Rational EconomicsThe Winner’s Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life, and Advances in Behavioral Finance (editor) Volumes I and II.

Thaler is an adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Behavioural Insight Team, a member of the American Academy of Arts and the co-director (with Robert Shiller) of the NBER project on behavioral economics. He has served as Vice President of the American Economics Association and was elected a Fellow of the American Finance Association.

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Robert H. Frank

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Robert H. Frank

Robert H. Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. For more than a decade, his “Economic View” column appeared monthly in The New York Times. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Georgia Tech, then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. He holds an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals.

His books, which include Choosing the Right Pond, Passions Within Reason, Microeconomics and Behavior, Principles of Economics (with Ben Bernanke), Luxury Fever, What Price the Moral High Ground?, Falling Behind, The Economic Naturalist, The Darwin Economy, and Success and Luck, have been translated into 23 languages. The Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, received a Critic’s Choice Award, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was included in Business Week’s list of the ten best books of 1995. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He was awarded the Johnson School’s Stephen Russell Distinguished teaching award in 2004, 2010, and 2012, and its Apple Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

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Robert Reynolds

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Robert Reynolds

Robert Reynolds was an Associate at ideas42 where he used behavioral design to promote charitable giving. Prior to joining the team, he taught elementary school at a Jesuit development project in Ecuador. Robert is a former White House intern, EPA Research Fellow, and Summer Scholar at Dan Ariely’s Center for Advanced Hindsight. He holds a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School where he founded the Behavioral Insights Student Group with Max Bazerman and a BS from Loyola Marymount where he graduated with the Ignatian Award, the University’s highest individual distinction. A Montanan, he enjoys writing about his questionable opinions in newspaper columns and is the proud owner of two pugs, Tivo and Migo.

Since ideas42, Robert has co-founded VoteTripling.org, a non-profit organization that helps campaigns integrate behavioral science into their get-out-the-vote efforts.

Rosa Floreak
Associate

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Rosa Floreak

Associate

Rosa Floreak is an Associate at ideas42. She recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Decision Science and Policy & Management, where she studied behavioral science and its applications to public policy. While at school, Rosa researched peace negotiations among small arms groups in sub-Saharan Africa and spent most of her weekends with Pittsburgh’s thriving refugee community. In her free time, Rosa enjoys telling stories and trying to remember which podcasts her anecdotes originate from.

Ruirui Kuang

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Ruirui Kuang

Ruirui Kuang is a former Senior Associate at ideas42. After receiving her AB in History with Minor in Global Health & Health Policy, she joined ideas42. Since ideas42, Ruirui received her MBA from the Yale University School of Management and now works at McKinsey as an Associate.

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Saad Omer

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Saad Omer

Dr. Saad B. Omer is the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology & Pediatrics at Emory University. Dr. Omer has conducted multiple projects in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Bangladesh, South Africa, U.S., and Kenya. Dr. Omer’s portfolio includes developing and evaluating interventions to increase vaccine demand and decrease vaccine hesitancy. His vaccine demand generation work borrows from fields such as social psychology, behavioral economics, spatial epidemiology, anthropology, and advertising. He has also led field trials to estimate efficacy of vaccines in developing country settings. Dr. Omer has published widely in peer reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the Lancet, British Medical Journal, Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, and American Journal of Epidemiology. He has received multiple awards for his work on vaccines and immunization and is currently a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee.

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Samantha Hammer
Senior Associate

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Samantha Hammer

Senior Associate

Samantha Hammer is a Senior Associate at ideas42, focusing on work in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining ideas42, Samantha specialized in using qualitative research and human-centered design to inform policy, program, and service design for governments and mission-driven organizations around the world. She has worked across the domains of criminal justice reform, civic participation, displacement and migration, and public health. Previously, she was the research manager for the social impact consultancy Reboot, where she collaborated with a range of clients including the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, USAID, UNICEF, and Mercy Corps. Prior to that, she managed research and community development projects advocating for women’s rights in Kosovo, Georgia, and Guatemala. Samantha holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She’s currently working toward her lifelong goal of visiting every revolving restaurant on Earth.

Sara Flanagan
Senior Associate

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Sara Flanagan

Senior Associate

Sara Flanagan is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Sara worked on community engagement and research translation at Columbia University. Her research involved identifying psychological and situational barriers to environmental health protective behavior, to design and evaluate public health outreach strategies. She previously worked with UNICEF on WASH projects in Bangladesh, and interned with HIV/AIDS programs in Ethiopia and Ghana. Her work has been published in scientific journals such as Bulletin of the World Health Organization and Environmental Health Perspectives. Sara received her doctorate in Community, Society, and Health from CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She also holds an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences and Global Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a BA in Health & Societies and International Health from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Welch
Vice President

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Sarah Welch

Vice President

Sarah Welch is a Vice President at ideas42, where she is currently working on behavioral innovations in sustainability, consumer finance, and health. Prior to joining ideas42, Sarah completed a three-year dual degree program at Yale’s School of Management and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she focused on urban resource management and planning. Her experience includes analyzing global water technology markets in Europe, strategic planning with The Nature Conservancy in Colombia, and collaboration with Yale’s Urban Ecological Design Lab in Connecticut. Sarah previously led ecological design and restoration work at environmental consulting firm Great Ecology. Sarah holds an MBA and an MEM from Yale and received her BA in Environmental Science & Public Policy from Harvard. She’d take cheese over cake any day.

Saugato Datta
Managing Director

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Saugato Datta

Managing Director

Saugato Datta is a Managing Director at ideas42. He works with partners to design, test and scale programs and products that use behavioral economics to benefit poor people in developing countries. He is also helping ideas42 think about its strategy for impact in the developing world, and writes extensively on the application of behavioral economics to development programs and more generally.

Before joining ideas42, Saugato spent three years writing about economics at The Economist in London. His beat included behavioral and development economics, international trade, academic research, and the international financial institutions. He also edited the third edition of Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy, an edited selection of Economist articles about economics. Prior to this, he was a researcher at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He has published papers on discrimination in Indian labor markets and the effects of infrastructure development in developing countries. Saugato has a PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Delhi.

Scott Lensing
Senior Associate

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Scott Lensing

Senior Associate

Scott Lensing is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Before joining ideas42, Scott worked in strategy and operations for a workforce development social enterprise assisting people with high barriers to employment, and for an impact investing firm driving public and private capital toward evidence-based social programs. Scott holds a BA from Georgetown University and MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he consulted for human services and early childhood education nonprofits in New Haven and South Africa. Outside of work, Scott can be found interpretive dancing at indie rock concerts. He never leaves home without dried mango and a frisbee.

Scott Stinson
Chief of Staff

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Scott Stinson

Chief of Staff

Scott Stinson is the Chief of Staff at ideas42. Scott has a range of experience in political advocacy, policy analysis and public sector program management. After staffing several political campaigns, he worked as an aide for economic and tax policy to U.S. Representative Dennis Moore. Later, he played a key role as a liaison to state and local officials in a successful U.S. Department of Defense effort to improve and simplify the absentee voting process for Service Members and U.S.citizens living overseas.  He earned degrees from the College of William and Mary and the London School of Economics.

Sean Sims

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Sean Sims

Sean Sims was a Vice President at ideas42 where he worked on projects focusing on Consumer Finance. Sean graduated with a BA in Sociology & Political Science from Texas A&M University and received a MS in International Development from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining ideas42, Sean was a Research Associate for the Latino Community Credit Union and Specialist at McKinsey & Company.

Sean is now a Manager at Sendero management consulting firm.

Sendhil Mullainathan

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Sendhil Mullainathan

Sendhil Mullainathan is a Scientific Adviser at ideas42. He is also a Professor of Economics at Harvard, is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and conducts research on development economics, behavioral economics, and corporate finance.  His research helps bring an understanding of the psychology of scarcity, with the end goal of improving poverty alleviation programs in the U.S. and in developing countries.

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Shannon White

Alumni

Shannon White

Shannon White was a Senior Associate at ideas42 where she focused on postsecondary projects and financial inclusion projects.

Shannon earned her BA in Philosophy and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Boston University, Her MPP in Policy Analysis from The University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Behavioral Science from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Shera Kenney
Senior Associate

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Shera Kenney

Senior Associate

Shera Kenney is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked in education and leadership development non-profit organizations focused on increasing educational opportunity, access, and attainment for low-income students of color. Interested in international education and passionate about travel, Shera has taught English in Colombia, and spent considerable time wandering the globe solo. She holds a Master’s degree in the Sociology of Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Aside from travel, Shera also enjoys volunteering and trekking. She hopes to one day build her own tiny or shipping container home.

Sim Sitkin

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Sim Sitkin

Sim Sitkin is Professor of Management, Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center and Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University. He is also Co-Founder of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. Previously at Duke, he served as Academic Director at Duke Corporate Education, Area Head for the Management and Organizations Department and Faculty Director of the Health Sector Management Program. He has previously served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin and the Free University of Amsterdam. His research has won numerous awards and he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2010, International Network on Trust Research in 2010, and the Society of Organizational Behavior in 2013.

Professor Sitkin’s research focuses on leadership and control systems, and their influence on how organizations and their members become more or less capable of change and innovation. He is widely known for his research on the effect of formal and informal organizational control systems and leadership on risk taking, accountability, trust, learning, M&A processes, and innovation. His research has appeared in numerous journals, book chapters and books, including his most recent books — Organizational Control (2010), The Six Domains of Leadership (2015) and Companion to Trust (2016, forthcoming).

Sitkin is currently Editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, Editor of the Academy of Management Annals, Consulting Editor of Science You Can Use, Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Trust Research, and Academic Advisory Board Member of the Behavioural Insights Team. He has worked as a consultant and executive educator with many large and small corporations, non-profit and government organizations worldwide. In this work, he has focused on strategic leadership, leading and managing change (including mergers and acquisitions), organizational learning and knowledge management, and the design of organizational control systems. He has worked with a number of large and small corporations, and non-profit and government organizations concerned with education, employment and social services. Prior to obtaining his PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford University, Sim spent over ten years in a variety of executive roles with responsibility for planning, information technology, financial administration, and research in consulting, non-profit, and government organizations.

Sriram Sridharan
Associate

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Sriram Sridharan

Associate

Sriram Sridharan is an Associate at ideas42, working in Global Health. He recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with an MA in Behavioral and Decision Sciences and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). During his time at Penn, he focused on the applications of behavioral science in health, and worked on projects such as increasing the use of evidence-based practices by mental health professionals and combatting open defecation in India. He also volunteered as an adult literacy tutor for incarcerated individuals in Pennsylvania prisons, through the Petey Greene Program.

Having focused his undergraduate education in political philosophy and done too much competitive parliamentary debate, he always welcomes vicious attacks on his most deeply held beliefs. He also has a cat, Hunter, who is well loved despite his murderous tendencies.

Stacey Hightower

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Stacey Hightower

Stacey Hightower is the Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group (OSMG). As CEO, he guides a portfolio of leading specialty marketing agencies developing their strategic, operational and financial goals. His diverse portfolio of specialty agencies includes: field marketing, strategic sourcing, brand extension, talent buying, corporate purpose, and philanthropic impact.

He is a Founding Partner of ONE HUNDRED, the first multi-disciplinary full-service collective for organizations committed to enacting sustainable impact. ONE HUNDRED empowers organizations to embrace a greater purpose based on four pillars— protect, equalize, end and improve.

Prior to OSMG, Stacey was as an interim management and performance improvement consultant as a Director with AlixPartners and Loughlin Meghji & Company. During that time he advised CEOs and boards and assumed interim roles such as COO and Treasurer. His select former clients include Springleaf Financial, FleetPride, Tekni-Plex Inc., New Century Financial, AT&T Latin America, and Sunterra Financial.

He is a returned Peace Corps Kenya volunteer where he dispersed micro-credit to women’s groups. He earned his Bachelor’s from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. He also proudly sits on the Board of City Music Cleveland and was formerly a Trustee for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School. He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two sons.

Stefano DellaVigna

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Stefano DellaVigna

Stefano DellaVigna was educated at Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 2002, the same year he joined UC Berkeley as an assistant professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. He is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for the years 2008-2010 and has been Principal Investigator for an NSF grant.Professor DellaVigna is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a 2008 recipient of UC Berkeley’s Campus-Wide Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as a 2004 Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award.

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Suman Gidwani
Associate

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Suman Gidwani

Associate

Suman Gidwani is an Associate at ideas42. She loves people and therefore understanding how she can improve their lives. Prior to joining the team, her interest in health care led her to do research in neurocritical care, promote mental health awareness, work in public health at an AIDS clinic, study health care policy in Denmark, and create value in medical device supply chain. Her experience in the clinical, policy, and business domains has inspired her to innovate solutions through policies, programs, and incentives. Suman hold a BS in Neuroscience from Duke University where she ran the TEDxDuke conference and competed on the Indian classic dance team. She is a self-diagnosed chocolate addict (not trying to recover) and loves spontaneous dance parties. Her greatest accomplishment is winning “most recognizable laugh” in her high school yearbook and hopes to bring that joy into all of her work.

Susan Athey

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Susan Athey

Susan Athey is the Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her PhD from Stanford, and she holds an honorary doctorate from Duke University. She previously taught at the economics departments at MIT, Stanford and Harvard. Her current research focuses on the economics of digitization, marketplace design, and the intersection of econometrics and machine learning. She has worked on several application areas, including timber auctions, internet search, online advertising, the news media, and virtual currency. As one of the first “tech economists,” she served as consulting chief economist for Microsoft Corporation for six years, and now serves on the boards of Expedia, Rover, Ripple and Lending Club. She also serves as a long-term advisor to the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, helping architect and implement their auction-based pricing system.

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Susan T. Fiske

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Susan T. Fiske

Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands. She wrote three editions of Social Cognition (1984, 1991, 2008, each with Taylor). She has written more than 250 articles and chapters, as well as editing many books and journal special issues. Notably, she edits the Annual Review of Psychology (with Schacter and others) and the Handbook of Social Psychology (with Gilbert and Lindzey, 5e, 2010). She also wrote an upper-level integrative text, Social Beings: A Core Motives Approach to Social Psychology (2004, 2010) and edited Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom(2008, with Borgida). Her just-published book (2011), sponsored by the Guggenheim and Russell Sage Foundations, is about how we compare ourselves all the time, and the problems this makes for us as individuals, partners, students, employees, and citizens. The book is Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us.

Currently, as a social psychologist, she investigates emotional prejudices (pity, contempt, envy, and pride) at cultural, interpersonal, and neural levels, research funded by the Russell Sage Foundation (2008-2010) and previously funded by the National Science Foundation (1984-1986, 1995-1997) and the National Institutes of Health (1986-1995).

Suzanne B. Shu

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Suzanne B. Shu

Suzanne B. Shu is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She received BS and Masters of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and MBA and PhD degrees from University of Chicago, where her coursework focused on behavioral economics and marketing. Her research interests include intertemporal choice and multi-period decision making, the influence of self-control and procrastination on consumer behavior, and consumer decisions about financial products.

Professor Shu’s work on financial products, specifically mortgages and annuities, was recently awarded with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and she is a member of the Behavioral Economics and Consumer Finance Working Group sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation. She has publications in top marketing and psychology journals as well as a chapter in The Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making, and her research has been featured in the New York TimesThe AtlanticTimeUSA News and World ReportCBS NewsNBC NewsCNN Money, National Public Radio, Yahoo Finance, and other national and international media outlets. In addition to her work in academia, Professor Shu has worked as a product line manager, an IT project manager, and as a management consultant in sales force design. Professor Shu has taught marketing and decision making courses to MBA students at UCLA, SMU, the University of Chicago, and INSEAD.

Tatiana Homonoff

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Tatiana Homonoff

Tatiana Homonoff is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Her research focuses on identifying areas in which behavioral economics can improve public policy, primarily in the areas of tax policy, public assistance, and consumer finance. Prior to joining NYU, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. She also served as a Faculty Fellow at the White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST). Homonoff received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

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Ted Robertson
Managing Director

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Ted Robertson

Managing Director

Ted Robertson is a Managing Director at ideas42. He works on the strategy and application of behavioral science to health care, city government, and national civics. He has extensive experience across government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors transforming existing organizations as well as launching and scaling new ventures.

Immediately before joining ideas42, he was a Visiting Scholar and Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in its civic innovation practice. At HKS, he focused on the watershed nation-building process by Native American governments and the burgeoning civic technology and data-smart government space. Prior to that, he worked with the Los Angeles Transportation Authority, Bus Riders Union, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to lead a data-driven redesign of the Los Angeles transit system, particularly focused on people-centered design, public health, and sustainability.

He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School focused on digital management and transformation, creating innovation cultures, and business strategy, and a B.A. in History from Oberlin College.

Teis Jorgensen
Senior Associate

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Teis Jorgensen

Senior Associate

Teis Jorgensen is a Senior Associate at ideas42. His work focuses on consumer finance and applying behavioral economics to family planning and reproductive health. Teis has worked as a research assistant to Professor Todd Rogers, Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard Department of Psychology. He has done research on a diverse range of topics including environmental consumerism, institutional corruption, and the value of a reminder. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard College. In his free time, Teis writes children’s poetry and performs improvisational comedy.

Thomas Gilovich

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Thomas Gilovich

Thomas Gilovich is Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. His research focuses on how people evaluate information in their everyday and professional lives, and how they use that information to draw conclusions, form beliefs, and embark on courses of action. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health.

His books include How We Know What Isn’t So (1991), Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes(1999, with Gary Belsky), Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment (2002, with Dale Griffin and Daniel Kahneman), and Social Psychology (2004, with Dacher Keltner and Richard Nisbett). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Tina Razafinimanana
Senior Program Manager

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Tina Razafinimanana

Senior Program Manager

Tina Razafinimanana is a Senior Program Manager at ideas42 who is based in Madagascar. She has extensive experience working on public health, youth, and women economic Empowerment Program. For the last 10 years she worked for various USAID funded project, UN Agencies, and has served as Gender Equity Program Manager for IntraHealth International. She joined Ideas42 in 2016 and is spearheading the integration of behavior intervention to optimize the cash transfer programs implemented by the Government of Madagascar with support of the World Bank.

Todd Rogers

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Todd Rogers

Todd Rogers is a Scientific Director at ideas42. He is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Todd is a behavioral scientist who tries to understand and influence socially consequential problems. His research attempts to bridge the gap between intention and action. Some topics he has studied include the cognitive and social factors that influence election participation (e.g., get-out-the-vote activities informed by psychological insights), and how time-inconsistent preferences can be leveraged to increase support for future-minded policies and choices (e.g., support for environmental legislation, ordering healthier foods, and watching high-brow movies). His recent work develops and tests behavioral science informed interventions in classrooms. Prior to joining the faculty at HKS he was founding Executive Director of the Analyst Institute, LLC, which uses randomized field experiments and behavioral science insights to understand and improve voter communication programs. Todd was named a Rising Star by Politics Magazine for his work in the 2008 election cycle, and a 40 under 40 award winner by New Leaders Council for leadership in politics. He received his Ph.D. jointly from Harvard’s department of Psychology and Harvard Business School, and received his B.A. from Williams College.

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Tom Tasche
Senior Associate

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Tom Tasche

Senior Associate

Tom Tasche is a Senior Associate at ideas42 who works on civic engagement and global health. He is excited to take a reverse approach to social and economic transformation through behaviorally informed interventions that operate from the bottom up. He previously worked in development finance and international economics as a policy advisor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as well as the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Across these settings, a major focus of Tom’s work was policy reform dialogue with senior government officials in both developed and developing countries to achieve structural change. Tom received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Princeton University as a fellow in the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he developed an abiding passion for behavioral science. His most cherished possessions are his passport, his books, and his industrial-grade blender.

Toni-Anne Richards
Associate

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Toni-Anne Richards

Associate

Toni-Anne Richards is an Associate at ideas42. She graduated from Cornell with a B.A. in Government and American Studies. In both majors, she studied the impact of American culture and politics on immigration and anti-poverty policies. As a policy analyst for her college’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, she developed policy proposals for education issues in New York City. She grew interested in the power of behavioral economics while interning at Bloomberg Philanthropies. There, she worked with the Government Innovation Team to identify city governments using projects that emphasized smarter data to improve services to citizens. In her free time, she enjoys watching a good soccer match and reading historical novels.

Uri Gneezy

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Uri Gneezy

Uri Gneezy, Ph.D., is the Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics and Professor of Economics & Strategy at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego and a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam (CREED). His early work on when and why incentives can backfire has become the cornerstone in a compelling line of research that explores when traditional economic theories fail to explain real human behavior. His research focuses on putting behavioral economics to work in the real world, where theory can meet application. Examples include using incentives to change behavior and create habits, understanding unethical decision making and increasing charitable giving. His work was published in top Economics journals such as the American economic Review, Quarterly Journal of economics and Econometrica, as well as general interest journals such as Science and PNAS. Uri is the co-author of the bestseller, The Why Axis.

Gneezy received a PhD in Economics from Tilburg University, and a B.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University. Gneezy was a faculty member at Chicago University, the Technion and the University of Haifa.

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Uyhun Ung
Senior Associate

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Uyhun Ung

Senior Associate

Uyhun Ung is a Senior Associate at ideas42 and is currently working on designing scaleable behavioral interventions in health, civic engagement, and education. Prior to joining ideas42, Uyhun worked as a recruiter supporting staffing initiatives for Google’s Technical Infrastructure team. Uyhun holds a BA in Human Biology with a concentration in Judgement and Decision Making from Stanford University where he also researched how social experience influences the brain and behavior of African cichlid fish. He appreciates a fresh perspective.

Vanessa Rodriguez
Senior Associate of Finance

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Vanessa Rodriguez

Senior Associate of Finance

Vanessa Rodriguez is the Finance Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked in the finance sector of two education focused non-profits, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and Prep for Prep. Her work has primarily focused on helping develop strong financial strategies and practices within non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of CUNY Hunter College with a BA in Urban Studies. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys attending community board meetings and playing handball.

Vera Franzese
Finance Associate

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Vera Franzese

Finance Associate

Vera Franzese is the Finance Associate at ideas42, focusing on helping the team with financial processes. She holds a Master’s in Accounting from Long Island University in Brooklyn. Prior to joining Ideas42, she was a Division I student athlete playing volleyball and was a part of the team that holds the longest winning streak in the history of Northeast Conference. Vera is a Serbian who is living her dream life in the Big Apple. In her free time, she loves playing video games and petting her cat Jeff.

Victoria Lucas
Talent Manager

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Victoria Lucas

Talent Manager

Victoria Lucas is the Talent Manager at ideas42 where she drives recruiting, performance management, internship and training work. Prior to ideas42, she has had experience in various industries including advertising, aviation and information services, supporting the alignment of programming initiatives to organizational objectives. Victoria has a sincere passion for diversity and inclusion, talent management, as well as student programming and development. She holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Quinnipiac University and her MS in Organizational Change Management from The New School. Victoria believes family, food, travel and sports keeps the earth on its axis.

Vivien Caetano
Senior Associate

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Vivien Caetano

Senior Associate

Vivien Caetano is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School. In her research, she gained experience applying behavioral economics to water consumption decisions in California, overconfidence in professionals, and altruism. Vivien holds a BA in Economics from Brown University, where she also applied behavioral science to her role as a writing coach. In addition to coaching students in traditional writing and revision strategies, Vivien would teach students how to use behavioral concepts like limited attention and framing to improve their writing. In her free time, Vivien enjoys social dancing and listening to podcasts. She also loves plain yogurt a little too much.

Will Tucker-Ray

Alumni

Will Tucker-Ray

Will Tucker-Ray is a former Managing Director at ideas42, and is now at Google. He specializes in household finance, consumer protection, and anti-poverty projects. Born in his grandparents’ house in Iowa, Will grew up in Iowa City and Japan. A Truman Scholar, he graduated with degrees in Africana Studies and Public Policy & American Institutions from Brown University, where he was a member of the President’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. He also received an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. He has worked at the US Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget, as Director of the Rhode Island Urban Debate League, in public health and information technology evaluation, at the Department of Justice, and on the 2008 Obama campaign in Iowa. Able to stumble through conversations and self-deprecating jokes in Japanese and Spanish, Will has been safety-certified in forklift, jackhammer, and chainsaw operation.

William Congdon

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William Congdon

William Congdon is the former Chief Economist at ideas42. His work covered the application of economic analysis and behavioral insights to topics in labor market policy, poverty and inequality, and retirement security, with an emphasis on the role of experimentation in informing policy design.

He recently spent time on leave from ideas42 serving as the Senior Economist for Labor and Behavioral Economics at the Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to his time at CEO, he served as a Fellow and founding member of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, an Obama administration initiative dedicated to translating insights from behavioral economics into improvements in Federal policies.

Prior to joining ideas42, he was a Research Director in the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies program. He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University.

Ximena Cadena
Vice President

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Ximena Cadena

Vice President

Ximena Cadena is a Vice President at ideas42 focusing on projects in Latin America. She has extensive experience working in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. Before rejoining ideas42, Ximena was Deputy Minister General at the Colombian Ministry of Finance where, among other duties, she led the design, approval in Congress, and implementation of recent reforms to the liquors regime, royalties, and taxes. In this role, she worked on all aspects related to financing the historic peace accords between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). She also served as board of directors’ member for companies in the infrastructure and insurance sector and for several agencies in the Colombian Government.

Ximena was director of ELCA, the Colombian Longitudinal Survey at the Universidad de los Andes, the first household survey to follow Colombians overtime to find out how their lives evolve in terms of income, health, education, labor market, financial inclusion, experience with conflict and politics, early childhood development and youth, among other topics.  Before that, Ximena spent four years working on behavioral science projects applied to small and medium enterprises development, and financial inclusion issues at Harvard University and ideas42 in the US, Uganda, India, Dominican Republic, Chile, and Colombia. She has also worked at the WTO, at the Bogotá-based research institute Fedesarrollo and as Macroeconomic policy advisor for the Colombian Ministry of Finance.

Ximena received both a BSc and MSc with honors in economics from the Universidad de los Andes as well as an MPA in economics and public policy from Princeton University where she graduated with distinction. She has taught Fiscal Policy Issues in Latin America at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and Development Economics and Public Policy, as well as basic courses on economics at Universidad de los Andes.

Ziad Obermeyer

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Ziad Obermeyer

Ziad Obermeyer is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a practicing emergency physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research applies traditional statistics and machine learning to study high-stakes clinical decisions: emergency diagnosis and treatment, predicting mortality, and end-of-life care. His work has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and Health Affairs, and featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Science, and Nature. He is a recipient of an Early Independence Award from the NIH Common Fund.

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Zoë Chance

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Zoë Chance

By night, Zoë Chance is a crime fighting superhero. During her waking hours, she’s a marketing professor at Yale School of Management. Her professional passion is the psychology of persuasion. Her research has been published in fancy academic journals that few humans read, like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and has has also been covered in coffee table paperweights like The Economist. And her framework for behavior change is the foundation for Google’s food program, helping 60,000 people make healthier choices every day—hopefully.

Zoë’s checkered past includes marketing a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel after being forbidden to play with Barbies as a child, receiving a Harvard doctoral degree in the least intellectual discipline (marketing), and starring in one of the worst karate movies ever made. Her current guilty pleasure is authoring a book called Fun with Influence.

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DJ Neri

Alumni

DJ Neri

DJ Neri is a former Senior Associate as ideas42 and is now at Facebook. He is also an editor of the Behavioral Scientist magazine. He holds an MSc in Economics with a specialization in Behavioral Economics and Game Theory from the University of Amsterdam. While at the UvA, he conducted experiments on the effects of modified payoff structures on cooperation in repeated prisoner’s dilemmas and on the effects of asymmetric information in hard-close English auctions.  Prior to graduate school, DJ was an Analyst at Maple Life Financial LexServ in Bethesda, MD and graduated with a BA in Economics from Gettysburg College.

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