Public Agenda

Our Staff

WILL FRIEDMAN, PH.D. | President

Will Friedman joined Public Agenda in 1994, became associate director of research in 1996, and was the founding director or our public engagement department in 1997. On January 1, 2011, he became president of P...

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JOAN AUSTIN | Administrative Assistant

Joan works in our administrative unit to ensure that Public Agenda’s office is properly managed. Prior to working at Public Agenda, she worked extensively in Social Security administration.

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CHANDLER BAZEMORE | Director of Donor Development

Chandler Bazemore, Director of Donor Development, works to create a community of engaged donors committed to furthering Public Agenda's mission.

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ROSLYN BECK | Executive Assistant to the President

Roslyn Beck is the executive assistant to the president.

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MATTIE BENNETT-CASWELL | Donor & Events Management Associate

Mattie works with the head of our major giving program, assisting with donor cultivation, implementing donor development strategies, and overseeing event management and logistics.

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MARTIN CARCASSON | Senior Public Engagement Fellow

Martin works with the Public Engagement team to develop, coordinate, and implement a wide range of engagement initiatives.

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SUNG HEE CHO | Graphic Designer & Data Visualization Specialist

Sung Hee is a Graphic Designer and Data Visualization Specialist, designing and producing a wide range of print and web-related materials.

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MICHELLE CONWAY | Finance Associate

Michelle Conway is Public Agenda's Finance Associate.

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MAUREEN E. DEVLIN

Senior Fellow, Higher Education and Workforce Programs

Maureen works on the design and implementation of research and engagement projects with the Higher Education and Workforce Programs team.

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ANTONIO DIEP | Associate, Higher Education & Workforce Programs

Antonio Diep is an Associate for Higher Education and Workforce Programs.

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MEGAN ROSE DONOVAN | Communications & Development Associate

Megan Donovan works within the Communications Department on editorial projects, drafting press releases, media monitoring and managing Public Agenda’s online social platforms.

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STEVE FARKAS | Senior Research Fellow

Steve Farkas is the principal author of over a hundred major opinion studies on a range of issues from public education, families, poverty and immigration, to social security, crime and foreign policy.

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MADISON GORDON

Project Coordinator, Higher Education & Workforce Programs

Madison Gordon is a Project Coordinator for Higher Education and Workforce Programs at Public Agenda.

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CAROLIN HAGELSKAMP, PH.D. | Vice President & Director of Research

Carolin Hagelskamp works on the development, management, and implementation of Public Agenda's quantitative and qualitative opinion research studies, and on collaborative projects between Public Agenda’s resear...

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NICOLE HEWITT | Senior Public Engagement Associate

Nicole Hewitt is a Senior Public Engagement Associate at Public Agenda, where she designs and manages public engagement projects across various issue areas.

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JOHN IMMERWAHR | Senior Research & Public Engagement Fellow

John Immerwahr is the author or co-author of numerous Public Agenda national and regional studies on education and children. In addition, with Public Agenda's president and co-founder Daniel Yankelovich, Dr. Im...

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JEAN JOHNSON | Senior Fellow & Special Adviser

Jean Johnson is a Senior Fellow and Special Adviser for Public Agenda who has worked with our organization since the early 1980s. During that time, she has authored or co-authored Public Agenda studies on educa...

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ALISON KADLEC, PH.D.

Senior Vice President & Director, Higher Education & Workforce Programs

Alison Kadlec leads the design and implementation of Public Agenda’s higher education and workforce development research and stakeholder engagement wo...

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ERIN KNEPLER

Associate Director, Higher Education & Workforce Programs

Erin Knepler is the Associate Director of Higher Education and Workforce Programs.

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MATT LEIGHNINGER

Vice President of Public Engagement & Director of the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgement

Matt Leighninger leads Public Agenda's work in public engagement and democratic governance, and directs the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment.

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ZOE MINTZ

Project Coordinator, Higher Education & Workforce Programs

Zoe Mintz assists Higher Education and Workforce Program staff and projects at Public Agenda by coordinating and supporting research and engagement in...

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JENNIFER ORELLANA

Department Coordinator, Higher Education & Workforce Programs

Jennifer assists the Higher Education and Workforce Program team, overseeing day to day operations, scheduling and logistics.

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RAVI REDDI | Associate, Higher Education & Workforce Programs

Ravi Reddi is an Associate for Higher Education and Workforce Programs.

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CHLOE RINEHART | Research Associate

Chloe Rinehart works on and assists with Public Agenda’s research projects throughout all stages of project development, including project design, administration, data collection, and analysis.

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REBECCA SILLIMAN | Research Associate

Rebecca works on all phases of Public Agenda’s research and evaluation projects including: project design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

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ALLISON RIZZOLO | Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Allison leads a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that broaden the impact of Public Agenda's research and engagement work.

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MICHAEL L. ROJAS | Webmaster & Communications Associate

Michael oversees the continued development and content-management of Public Agenda's website, as well as assist the organization more generally in the creation, formatting, and management of its presentational ...

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DAVID SCHLEIFER, PH.D. | Senior Research Associate

David Schleifer works on the development, management, and implementation of Public Agenda's research studies and on collaborative projects between Public Agenda’s research and public engagement departments.

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PIA WALLGREN | Director of Project Development

Pia Wallgren supports Public Agenda’s mission and growth by developing the organization’s institutional fundraising from foundations and government agencies.

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JUDITH WEISSMAN, CPA

Senior Vice President, Director of Finance & Administration

Judith Weissman is Senior Vice President, Director of Finance & Administration.

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TIFFANI WILLIAMS

Senior Associate, Higher Education & Workforce Programs

Tiffani Williams is the Senior Associate for Higher Education and Workforce Programs at Public Agenda, where she facilitates engagement and conducts r...

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