PRB is governed by a Board of Trustees representing diverse community and professional interests.
Elizabeth Schoenecker, Chair of the Board
Elizabeth Schoenecker is a former chief of the Policy, Evaluation, and Communication Division of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In that position, she led a team overseeing projects with combined annual expenditures of $85 million to $100 million. During her career at USAID, Schoenecker also served as a chief technical officer, designing and managing projects that provided worldwide assistance on policy formulation and analysis, data collection and analysis, advocacy and communication, and population-health-environment. She was also a Washington-based country coordinator for USAID’s Global Health Bureau, working closely with the USAID Missions in Philippines, Egypt, and Cambodia for 18 years. Prior to working at USAID, Schoenecker was an economist at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She holds a master of science degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marquette University.
Amanda Glassman, Vice Chair of the Board
Amanda Glassman is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, leading work on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health. She has 20 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world. Prior to her current position, Glassman was principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led health economics and financing knowledge products and policy dialogue with member countries, designed the results-based grant program Salud Mesoamerica 2015 and served as team leader for conditional cash transfer programs such as Mexico’s Oportunidades and Colombia’s Familias en Accion. From 2005-2007, Glassman was deputy director of the Global Health Financing Initiative at Brookings and carried out policy research on aid effectiveness and domestic financing issues in the health sector in low-income countries. Before joining the Brookings Institution, Glassman designed, supervised and evaluated health and social protection loans at the Inter-American Development Bank and worked as a Population Reference Bureau Fellow at the US Agency for International Development. Glassman holds a master of science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, has published on a wide range of health and social protection finance and policy topics and is editor and co-author of the books Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health (Center for Global Development 2016), From Few to Many: A Decade of Health Insurance Expansion in Colombia (IDB and Brookings 2010) and The Health of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (World Bank 2001).
Susan E. McGregor, Secretary of the Board
Susan E. McGregor is an academic journalist with expertise in digital media and digital security. She is currently an assistant professor of journalism at Columbia University and assistant director of the Tow Center of Digital Journalism. From 2007 to 2011, she was a senior programmer for online news graphics at the Wall Street Journal Online, where she won the Gerald Loeb Award for her work on WSJ's "What They Know" series. She has developed a mobile app (Dispatch) for secure source communication and a platform (DataDocs) for creating interactive web videos. She holds a master's degree in educational technology from New York University.
Jamie Herring, Treasurer of the Board
Jamie Herring is the founder and president of HabitatSeven, a new media lab dedicated to broadening the impacts of science research and education. An experienced multimedia and video producer, Herring has worked on projects for a diverse range of partners including Cornell University, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NASA, the White House, the United Nations, the Royal Government of Bhutan, and the Cree Grand Council. Recently, he has been focusing on climate science and the digital distribution of climate information and data. For example, he was the executive producer for digital strategy for the National Climate Assessment launched by President Obama in May 2014, and launched www.ClimateData.us in support of the White House's Climate Action Plan. Among his current projects, Herring is the executive digital producer for an upcoming release of the Climate Resilience Toolkit's climate data explorer, producing climate mapping applications in collaboration with NASA's Ames Research Centre and NOAA's Climate Division. He holds a doctorate from Cornell University, where he studied Natural Resources, Information Sciences, and Development Sociology.
Jeffrey Jordan, President and CEO
Jeff Jordan is president and CEO of PRB. Please see the Leadership and Staff page for his full bio.
Christine A. Bachrach is a social demographer with scientific interests that have spanned the areas of fertility, family formation, marriage and divorce, adoption, sexual behavior, contraceptive practice, population health, and survey methodology. She is currently a research professor in the Department of Sociology and at the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland. She was the 2013 president of the Population Association of America and serves on the Committee on Population of the National Research Council. She was acting associate director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health from 2008 to 2010; and chief of the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development from 1992 to 2008. She holds a doctorate in population dynamics from Johns Hopkins University.
Alaka Basu is currently a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation in Washington D.C., on leave from her position of professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. She was the director of the South Asia Program at Cornell from 2002 to 2008. She has published extensively in academic and popular outlets in the areas of social demography, gender and development, and South Asian Studies. Basu has served on the committees on reproductive health and on population projections of the National Academy of Sciences, and on expert committees of several United Nations panels. She has also been a member of the governing councils of the Population Association of America, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and the Population Council in New York. She is currently on the editorial boards of the journals Population and Development Review, and Asian Population Studies.
Geoffrey D. Dabelko is professor and director of the Environmental Studies Program at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He teaches and conducts applied research on natural resources, conflict, and peacebuilding; global environmental politics; climate change and security; and environmental leadership. He currently focuses on the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change responses and co-directs an annual environmental peacebuilding study abroad program in the Balkans. From 1997 to 2012, he served as director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, and security issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He now serves as a senior advisor to ECSP. Dabelko has directed grants from a range of international and national organizations such as the UN Environment Programme, UN Foundation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He was principal investigator for USAID-funded efforts including the Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population, and Security (HELPS) Project, and the Resources for Peace Project. Dabelko is co-editor of Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Peacemaking (2002). He was lead author for the fifth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II, Chapter 12 on human security released in 2014. Dabelko holds a doctorate in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University.
Edward “Sandy” Davis is a senior advisor with Bipartisan Center’s (BPC) Economic Policy Project. His principal focus is federal budget process and policy with an emphasis on “evidence-based budgeting” as a means to more effectively target public funds and the budget decisionmaking process. Davis joined BPC after more than three decades of experience working for Congress on federal budget issues. He served as the associate director for legislative affairs at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 2003 until July 2015, when he retired from the federal government. Davis was CBO’s principal liaison to Congress, with a focus on maintaining strong working relationships with the major congressional budgetary committees and congressional leadership. Prior to his appointment as associate director, he was CBO’s senior budget process specialist, preparing CBO reports and testimonies on the federal budget process, including proposals for reform. Before coming to CBO in 1996, Davis was a budget process specialist with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. In that capacity, he prepared numerous reports and issue briefs on congressional budget procedures, budget enforcement, and budget process reform proposals. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Randolph-Macon College and completed two years of graduate study in public administration at the University of Virginia.
Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue is a professor in development sociology and demography at Cornell University and is chair of the Department of Development Sociology. His research covers three related areas that include the sociology of education, social change, and the demography of inequality. He regularly collaborates with, and has served as consultant to, global development institutions working on issues of poverty reduction and inequality (World Bank, USAID, the United Nations). He is interested in global policy research, outreach, and communication. With support from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), he is leading a six-year effort to advance demographic research and policy in Francophone Africa. He received his Ph.D. in demography and rural sociology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997. He is a former Fellow of PRB's Policy Communication Program.
David Finn is the chief operating officer at AppEsteem, a cybersecurity company devoted to protecting consumers from fraud, deception, and malware. Prior to joining AppEsteem in 2016, Finn was executive director of the Digital Crimes Unit and the Microsoft Cybercrime Center, where he led a team of 100 people in more than 30 countries and oversaw the company’s global enforcement and intelligence efforts against organized criminals and other illicit organizations engaged in all forms of cybercrime. During his 16-year career at the company, Finn was based in Paris, France, and Redmond, Washington. Before joining Microsoft in 1999, Finn was an assistant United States attorney in New York City, prosecuting an array of violent and economic crimes before juries and district court judges. He has also worked as a research assistant for a member of Parliament in London, a journalist for a New York Times Company-owned newspaper in Florida, a law clerk for a federal judge in New York, and an attorney for an international law firm in Washington, D.C. An honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Finn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Nihal W. Goonewardene is former president and chief executive officer (1990-2012) of International Science and Technology Institute, Inc. (ISTI). He received his formative education in Sri Lanka and worked in the commercial sector for three years before completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1972 at Oakland University in Michigan, where he also coached its Judo program. He studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, earning two graduate degrees by 1975, while working part time as an editor at the Boston Globe. Nihal's immersion in international development began in 1976 with assignment to Manila as the Fletcher School’s regional representative. He managed a World Bank-funded agriculture project in Mindanao (the Philippines) while developing undergraduate business education programs in southeast Asia. Goonewardene joined ISTI in Washington, D.C. in 1978 and helped the start-up make its mark globally, managing more than 200 projects for USAID, the UN agencies, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He remains active with the Fletcher School, serving on its board, leading its program to provide internship stipends and placements to U.S. and foreign students of color, chairing the Fletcher Annual Fund, and through other duties. Goonewardene is a past president of the Sri Lanka Association of Washington, D.C. and its charitable arm, Sri Lanka Association of Greater Washington, Inc., which provided vital help under his leadership in the reconstruction of coastal Sri Lanka following the 2004 Asian tsunami.
Scott McDonald is president and CEO of the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF)—an organization more than 80 years old that applies scientific rigor to the measurement of media audiences and the assessment of how advertising works. ARF is comprised of more than 400 member companies encompassing all parts of the media/advertising ecosystem—national advertisers, media companies, advertising agencies, research companies, advertising technology companies, consultancies, as well as a number of universities, institutes, and nonprofits. Previously, Scott held senior research positions in global media companies including a 14-year stint as senior vice president of Research at Condé Nast and various research positions at Time Warner Inc. Among other things, his work has focused on the ways in which the shift to digital media has affected consumer behavior and media economics. Throughout his career in media research, he has sustained engagement with academia by publishing widely and teaching courses on media measurement and economics at Columbia Business School, Columbia University. He presently serves as adviser to the Social Science Matrix Program at the University of California (UC), Berkeley and is involved in the development of a project to train computers to analyze video data. He was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley and earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 1983.
Marta Tienda is the Maurice P. During ’22 professor of Demographic Studies and a professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton. She is the former director of Princeton’s Office of Population Research, a past president of the Population Association of America, and a former Guggenheim Fellow. Tienda has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific papers and chapters covering U.S. racial and ethnic inequality, international migration, variations in family structure and reproductive behavior, and access to higher education. Currently, Tienda serves as an independent trustee of the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Jacobs Foundation of Switzerland. Tienda received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Linda J. Waite is the Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her current research interests include social demography; aging; the family; health; working families; and the link between biology, psychology, and the social world. Waite is the director of the Center on Demography and Economics of Aging at NORC; a co-director of the MD/Ph.D. Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Aging; and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for eHarmony Labs. In 2008, she became the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award. The project for which Waite received the MERIT award involved work on biomarkers and pharmaceutical data on population-based aging research. Her work yielded groundbreaking knowledge about the sexual behavior of older Americans, and was part of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). Waite holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.
Carolyn West manages PNC Bank's nonprofit portfolio in the greater Washington market. This portfolio consists of the some of the most significant and prestigious nonprofit organizations in Washington, including universities, cultural organizations, trade associations, think tanks, private schools, and other 501.c3 entities. Originally joining Riggs Bank in 1982, West has 30 years of banking experience in the Washington area with 20 of those years in the nonprofit area. In addition, she serves on the Community Involvement Committee for PNC in Washington. She received a bachelor's degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina; and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. West also maintains Series 7 and 63 securities licenses and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Richard Woods is senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Capital One, where he is responsible for corporate communications, philanthropy, and reputation risk management programs. He is also responsible for community development group outreach, Community Reinvestment Act compliance, and the company’s line of business dedicated to community development lending and investment. Before joining Capital One in 2000, Woods served as senior vice president of Corporate Communications at Revlon, Inc. Prior to Revlon, Woods served as vice president of Corporate Communications at Eli Lilly and Company and as senior vice president, director of communications for MasterCard International. Woods serves as vice chairman of the board of Junior Achievement USA and is a trustee of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional development organization. Woods earned a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, a bachelor of science from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, with a concentration in finance.