Daniel Hodge, M.A., M.P.P. is the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute. Mr. Hodge focuses on assessing local, regional, state, and multi-state economies in terms of economic impacts, competitiveness, target industries, strategic plans, and infrastructure investments. Prior to joining the Donahue Institute, he was the principal/owner of Hodge Economic Consulting, and he has held economist positions at HDR Decision Economics, Cambridge Systematics, and Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI). Mr. Hodge's areas of expertise include: economic development analysis and strategy; economic impact and benefit-cost analysis; transit-oriented development (TOD) market analysis; return on investment (ROI) of sustainability and smart growth initiatives; and transportation planning and trade analysis.
Mr. Hodge’s experience includes being project manager for the Innovation-Based Economic Development Strategy for Holyoke and the Pioneer Valley, a study for the Boston Redevelopment Authority on the Economic and Sustainability Benefits of Boston's ARRA Investments, and the economic impacts, costs and benefits of transportation investments across the country. Mr. Hodge earned his Master of Arts in Applied Economics and Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Business from Lafayette College.
Carrie Bernstein, M.P.P.A. is a Senior Research Analyst whose work encompasses both quantitative analysis and qualitative research methodologies. She specializes in writing, gathering data, and synthesis of complex information. She has over a decade of experience in nonprofit and government sectors, including work in policy research, data management, and research design. She has studied federal grants, economic inequality, housing affordability, labor markets and educational attainment.
Ms. Bernstein received her Master’s of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College.
Katera Como, M.P.A. is an Administrative Manager and Research Associate. She collaborates with the director, project managers, staff, consultants, and clients to ensure excellence in the planning and execution of projects and research. In addition, she provides research and project support to various studies and coordinates the production of MassBenchmarks.
Ms. Como received her M.P.A. and B.S. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
John Gaviglio, B.B.A. is the state’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau, receiving and providing access to the Bureau’s data. He has been with the Massachusetts State Data Center Program since 1988 and served as its manager since 1997. He has extensive experience with U.S. census and state administrative data and provides analysis and support to many unit projects. Mr. Gaviglio also assists faculty, students, state agencies, and the general public in the use of census data and data access tools.
Mr. Gaviglio received his B.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Andrew Hall, M.P.A., M.A. is a Research Analyst whose work combines social science research methods with public policy analysis. Mr. Hall has a background in synthesizing data from a variety of sources and methodological approaches as well as practical experience working with non-profit organizations on housing and poverty issues. While his primary research interest is in urban economic development, he has considerable research experience in public health, energy and foreign affairs.
Mr. Hall received his Master of Public Affairs and Master of Arts degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he focused on economic development and policy analysis. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Drew University.
Rebecca Loveland, M.R.P. is a Senior Research Manager specializing in industry analysis and economic development projects, managing research activities for MassBenchmarks, and leading a variety of industry and regional studies. Ms Loveland has considerable economic and community development experience in public and private settings.
Ms. Loveland received her M.R.P. in economic and community development planning from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College.
Mark Melnik, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Manager specializing in demographic, socio-economic, and labor market issues. Before joining the Donahue Institute, Dr. Melnik worked as Deputy Director for Research at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, where he lead research teams on demographic and economic research studies, as well as analyses used for public policy advisement and decision making with the BRA and the City of Boston. Before joining the BRA, Dr. Melnik worked as a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. He has also extensive teaching experience in urban sociology, statistics, and research methods.
Dr. Melnik holds a Ph.D. from Northeastern University’s Sociology Department. His dissertation explored skill and credential mismatches in the Greater Boston’s labor market. He received his M.A. from Northeastern University and his B.A. from Youngstown State University, both in sociology.
William Proulx, M.R.P. is a Senior Research Analyst specializing in GIS mapping and analysis. His experience also includes work in land-use planning, survey production and qualitative and quantitative research. Before joining the Institute he worked for several major mapping companies as a Cartographer and GIS Analyst.
Mr. Proulx received his M.R.P. in Urban and Land Use Planning from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also earned his B.A. in Geography and Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Certificate in GIS from Holyoke Community College.
Branner Stewart, AICP is a Senior Research Manager specializing in regional economic analysis, transportation planning, economic impact analysis, and strategic planning for economic development. Before joining the Donahue Institute, Mr. Stewart was employed by Cambridge Systematics, Inc, where he led economic and demographic work on state and regional projects, including assignments in California, New York, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado, and New England. Prior to Cambridge Systematics, Mr. Stewart served as the Economic Research Manager for the Texas Department of Economic Development, where his work focused on strengthening the state’s international linkages and improving its manufacturing capacity.
Mr. Stewart received his M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in Spanish from Colby College.
Susan Strate, B.A. is the Population Program Manager. She has 16 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, including 11 years in grant-writing, program development, and contract management for anti-poverty agencies in Western Massachusetts. Her experience includes program design and management, budgeting, and the development of data collection and reporting systems.
Ms. Strate received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Hinlan Wong, M.R.P. is a Research Analyst whose work has included property tax valuation, occupational analysis and industry analysis. Prior to joining EPPR, Mr. Wong developed commercial and residential property valuation models for the City of Boston. Mr. Wong also worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority in their Business Development Division designing and managing strategic initiatives to sustain and expand the growth of the Boston retail industry.
Mr. Wong received his M.R.P. in economic and community development planning from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his B.A. in Journalism and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.