In a very focused way, my work is all over the map. My work focuses on homelessness and poverty - mostly among veterans and kids - with a focus on using research to promote better policy & practice.
I'm a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice, which gives me the flexibility to work on lots of issues I care about with a handful or organizations doing great work. Each project gives me a new insight into (a) how people fall into and handle poverty and homelessness and (b) what nonprofits and governments are doing well and poorly to improve life for these households. Too many projects, you think? Probably, but I love it.
I'm a Research Fellow at Penn's Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice, and Research, and an Affiliated Researcher with the Department of Veteran's Affairs's National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans. I'm is also a Research Fellow for the United Way's ALICE Project, which provides a far superior estimate of income insufficiency than any other source I've seen on a NATIONAL scale - and the President & Managing Partner of StreetChange, a mobile app that allows users to make targeted donations to items requested by homeless individuals, who work toward long-term goals when picking up donated goods.
The quick reqs: I have a PhD in Social Welfare from Penn (I graduated and decided it was the right place for me to continue my work, and they've let me hang around) and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. MOST IMPORTANTLY: for five years I was a coach for New York Road Runners' City Sports for Kids - teaching kids how to high jump and hurdle (the 2 track events for which I am least qualified) - and the Speed Classes, working with adults of all levels.
Originally from Staten Island, NY, I live in Philadelphia with my wife and a full-fledged todder. Pre-child I used free time to run and cook, and now I chase a 1-year old around a playground, and we animal crackers together. It's as adorable as it sounds.
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