Our Team & Partners

Core Team Members

Principal Investigator: Joanna Geller, Ph.D.
NYU Metro Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
E-mail: joanna.geller@nyu.edu

Sara McAlister
Wendy Perez, Ph.D.
NYU Metro Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

Anne Henderson & Kate Gill Kressley
Senior Consultants

Organizational Consultants


Algorhythm is an “impact science” company that enables non-profit agencies to collect rigorous evaluation data and to make meaning of it in real time. Non-profits can see the data they collect immediately, rather than having to wait until the data are no longer useful for making improvements. Algorhythm’s technical expertise, combined with their philosophical alignment with the values of participatory evaluation, makes this company a natural partner. Algorhythm supports our team to develop quantitative measures that are valid, reliable, and relevant to the leadership development of parents.

Project Impact

Project Impact helps non­profits define and evaluate impact and improve programs and strategies based on evaluation. We are collaborating with Project Impact to design and facilitate training in qualitative evaluation methods, coaching, and a community of practice for the pilot cohort of the Parent Leadership Evaluation Network.

Additional Partners

Funders / Thought Partners

Irene Lee
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Jenefer O’Dell
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Lynda Parmely
Hagedorn Foundation

Ada Sanchez
Peppercorn Foundation

Additional Thought Partners

Elaine Zimmerman
Administration for Children and Families

Donna Thompson-Bennett and Patti Keckeisen
National Parent Leadership Institute

United Parent Leader Action Network (UPLAN)

Advisory Board

Danielle Asher
Family Leadership Network at Choice for All

Lynette Batts
Choice for All

Eileen Forlenza

Soo Hong, Ed.D.
Wellesley College

Mary Ignatius
Parent Voices

Ann Ishimaru, Ed.D.
University of Washington

Karen Mapp, Ed.D.
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Aurelio Montemayor
Intercultural Development and Research Association

Claire Reinelt, Ph.D.

Deloris Vaughn, Ph.D.
Everyday Democracy

PLI Advisory Board
PLI Advisory Board Meeting, November 2016

Parent Leadership Evaluation Network (PLEN)

A Resource in Serving Equality (ARISE)  -- South Texas
Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)  -- Chicago,IL
Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLÉ) -- New Mexico
Parent Ambassadors -- Washington State
Parents for Public Schools -- Mississippi
Parent Leadership Training Institute of Greater Rochester (PLTI) --  Rochester, NY
Parent Voices -- California

Map of PLEN organizations