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Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative

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Meet the Team

Sophie Bryan Senior Manager

Sophie Bryan leads the policy team for Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy initiative. Her work ranges from implementing technical assistance agreements that support improving government programs and practices to collaborating with partners on convenings that link Pew research to potential policy solutions.

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Jennifer Clendening Principal Associate

Jennifer Clendening serves in a research and project management role for Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy initiative, focusing on health, housing, and civil legal system issues in the city. She previously worked for various workforce development and health policy organizations, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Clendening holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Muhlenberg College and dual master’s in public administration and bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Larry Eichel Senior Adviser

Larry Eichel is a senior advisor to Pew’s Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative. The project seeks to provide timely, impartial research and analysis on key issues facing Philadelphia for the benefit of the city’s citizens and leaders.

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Marcelo H. Fernández-Viña Officer

Marcelo H. Fernández-Viña leads Pew’s work on public health and opioid use disorder policies in Philadelphia. He focuses on issues such as improving access to medication treatment and convenes stakeholders to discuss policy solutions. He previously worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He holds a master’s degree in public health and a Juris Doctor from Drexel University.

Gilda Grant Administrative Assistant

Gilda Grant provides administrative, technical, and training support to Pew’s Philadelphia program, including The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, civic initiatives, and the Philadelphia research and policy initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Drexel University.

Thomas Ginsberg Senior Officer

A founding member of Pew’s Philadelphia research team, Thomas Ginsberg focuses on economic and business development, city finances, and immigration issues in Philadelphia through data and policy analysis. Before joining Pew, Ginsberg was a longtime journalist and editor. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jason Hachadorian Officer

Jason Hachadorian is an officer with Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy initiative, where he focuses on the city’s fiscal health and economic development as well as citywide resident polling. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution on urban economic development projects throughout the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master’s in city and regional planning from Temple University.

Elinor Haider Director

Elinor Haider directs Pew’s policy and research team in Philadelphia. In this role, she leads Pew’s efforts to help Philadelphia’s policymakers and influential stakeholders address important challenges facing the city and the region. Haider works to combine Pew’s evidence-based research and impartial analysis of key issues with convenings that offer participants the opportunity to learn best practices from experts and policymakers from around the country.

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Rishaun Hall Associate

Rishaun Hall is responsible for communication and coordination among Pew’s policy and research team in Philadelphia, the City Council of Philadelphia, and other city stakeholders. Hall has been an advocate for the Philadelphia community since the age of 14; he served as chair of the Philadelphia Youth Commission and was a national leadership council member of Generation Progress. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Wheeling Jesuit University (now Wheeling University) and is pursuing a master’s in public policy from West Chester University.

Garrett Hincken Officer

Garrett Hincken is an officer on the research team, engaged with issues related to housing affordability and availability, as well as Philadelphia’s fiscal health. Before coming to Pew, Hincken worked in research and policy roles at Philadelphia’s Center City District and at Econsult Solutions Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Temple University and a master’s in city and regional planning from Rutgers University. Hincken lives in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia.

Jun Ho Phue Associate

Jun Ho Phue is an associate with Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy initiative, where he focuses on research into housing affordability. Before joining Pew, he was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development, assisting with housing policy research. Phue holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

Octavia Howell Manager

Octavia Howell helps manage Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy team. She leads the initiative’s housing research portfolio, which explores how poverty and local economic trends affect the availability, affordability, and quality of housing in the city. She is an expert and primary author on Pew reports addressing poverty and safe, affordable housing in Philadelphia.

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Katie Martin Senior Manager

Katie Martin serves as the lead researcher on Pew’s Philadelphia research and policy team, focusing on the project’s annual State of the City report, citywide resident polling, and Pew’s analysis of the municipal civil legal system.

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Sandra Shea Senior Officer

Sandra Shea shapes strategy for the Philadelphia research and policy team’s work and serves as the primary editor for all of the project’s research products.

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Adam Staveski Senior Associate

Adam Staveski works with Pew’s home financing project and its Philadelphia research and policy initiative. He provides analysis and research on small mortgages and alternative financial arrangements used to purchase manufactured homes and other low-cost forms of housing. Before coming to Pew, Staveski worked at the Congressional Budget Office, where he helped develop short- and long-term projections of the U.S. macroeconomy. His research focused on national labor markets, international trade flows, and the housing market. Staveski holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from American University and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University.