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Dickson Su, PhD

As Senior Research Associate, Dickson contributes to the research-driven initiatives of the organization that are aimed at strengthening American democracy. His research interest includes investigating the relationship between socio-economic inequality in American society and politics, across various issues such as democracy reform, healthcare and education. He also employs a number of methodological approaches in his …

Emily Sandusky, PhD

Emily leads Public Agenda’s work to catalyze, translate, and synthesize rigorous research on the core institutions of American democracy, and to communicate findings to the people and organizations who can put them into action. She has a wealth of academic experience, recently completing a PhD in sociology at Cornell University, where her research focused on …

Will Friedman, PhD

Will Friedman joined Public Agenda in 1994, became Associate Director of Research in 1996, and was the founding director of our public engagement department in 1997. In 2007, he established Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (now the Yankelovich Center at Public Agenda), which conducts action research to assess impacts and improve practice. …

Roslyn Beck

Roslyn (Roz) brings over two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector. At Public Agenda, she manages the organization’s daily operations, serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external communications on matters relating to the President’s Office, and acts as a liaison to the Board of Directors. She is also responsible for …

Rosemary Dean

Rosemary supports the development team at Public Agenda, assisting with grant writing, fundraising, database management, and prospect research. Rosemary previously served as Operations Assistant for the New Philharmonia Orchestra, a non-profit community orchestra, planning concerts and fundraisers, organizing and managing ticket sales, and overseeing database management. Prior to her role at New Philharmonia Orchestra, she …

Rebecca Silliman

Rebecca works on all phases of Public Agenda’s research and evaluation projects including: project design, data collection, analysis, and reporting. She is experienced in a broad set of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies such as participatory design, surveys, individual interviews and focus groups. Prior to joining Public Agenda, Rebecca worked at an applied research firm …

Michelle Conway

Michelle serves as the Director of Finance, providing oversight and stewardship for all aspects of the organization’s financials operations.  Working closely with the organization’s leadership team, she ensures the organization’s integrity on fiscal matters by promoting best practices in finance encompassing budgeting, forecasting, managing investments, annual audits, and reporting to the Board of Directors. Michelle …

Maggie Grove

As Public Agenda’s Chief Strategy and Impact Officer, Maggie Grove works across programmatic and operational teams to develop and clarify the organization’s strategic goals and drive implementation for maximum mission impact. She plays a lead role in the development of partnerships and opportunities for collaborative national work to expand the organization’s capacity and reach. Grove …

Katie Lisa

Katie leads the development team at Public Agenda and works with leadership to set a strategic fundraising plan and manage relationships with our philanthropic partners. During her nearly two decades of development work, she has worked in a wide-range of  development offices, including for social service organizations, higher education, and arts and cultures organizations. Katie …

Erin McNally

Erin supports the research team at Public Agenda, designing research instruments, managing and analyzing complex data sets, and producing reports for a wide range of stakeholders. Prior to joining Public Agenda, Erin volunteered as a Medical Outreach and Wish Granting Administrator at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, managing family intake on the Salesforce and Raiser’s Edge databases, …

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