Our staff, senior advisory board, Heller School faculty affiliates, and graduate student research assistants bring to the Institute's work diverse experience and expertise from the academic, public, nonprofit, and private sectors. For a listing of team members click on the links below:
Graduate Research Assistants
Melanie Doupé Gaiser | PhD Health Policy | Biography
Senior Advisory Board
BOB HERBERT: Mr. Herbert is an award-winning journalist with a long and distinguished career including an Op-Ed column on politics and social trends in The New York Times. He has been a regular correspondent for The Today Show and NBC Nightly News and has been honored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors for distinguished newspaper writing and by the Meyer Badge Award for coverage of New York City.
MELVIN L. OLIVER: Dr. Oliver is a noted expert on racial and urban inequality and poverty and is currently President of Pitzer College. Previously, he served as Executive Dean and SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He co-authored Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality (2006) with IASP Director Dr. Thomas Shapiro. In addition, Dr. Oliver has vast experience in philanthropy from his time as Vice President of the Asset Building and Community Development (Assets) Program at the Ford Foundation and serves on numerous nonprofit boards.
PAULA PARIS, MMHS '79: Ms. Paris is Deputy Director at JFYNetWorks and has broad experience in commercial banking, fundraising in education and the arts, and public policy research, specifically workforce development. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development since 1999, Ms. Paris is a member of Heller’s Board of Overseers and a Heller alumna.