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 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 nine years of experience in nonprofit and government sectors, including work in policy research, data management, and research design. She has studied federal grants, economic inequality, and housing affordability.
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.
Lindsay Koshgarian, M.P.P. is a Research Manager whose work has included housing market and industry studies with a focus on econometric and statistical analysis and economic impact analysis. Prior to joining EPPR, Ms. Koshgarian's work experience was in affordable housing and workforce development, and reproductive health care access.
Ms. Koshgarian received her M.P.P. in Public Policy from UCLA. She holds a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
William Proulx, M.R.P. is a 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.
Ludgarda Simmonds, M.P.P.A. is a Senior Research Analyst in the Population Estimates Program. She has experience designing and implementing surveys, analyzing statistical and socio-economic information, including population data, and designing, implementing and monitoring community development projects, including capacity building, and small business development.
Ms. Simmonds received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration (M.P.P.A.) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her B.Sc. in Statistics from the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Department of Mathematics, Ecuador .
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.
Roy E. Williams, M.S. is a Senior Research Analyst. A key resource to the Massachusetts State Data Center program, he has served as the Center’s primary expert in the use and interpretation of census data files, including geography, decennial, PUMS, and other microdata files for almost twenty years.
Mr. Williams received his M.S. in educational research methodology from Cornell University where he did graduate work in mathematics, educational measurement, statistics, and research design. He received his A.B. cum laude in mathematics from Oberlin College.