Our staff draws on years of experience serving in government and not-for-profit organizations. We know the context in which our clients work and we are familiar with the issues and challenges they face every day.
A skilled strategist, Sarah draws on her experience collaborating with municipal leaders around the world to implement innovative and effective policy and programming. Her areas of expertise include program design, performance measurement, strategic planning, and operations and business process analysis.
Eric S. Lee
Founder & Chair
For over twenty years, Eric has developed innovative solutions to address problems in urban planning, community and economic development, and criminal justice. He is a trusted advisor to elected officials, senior government staff, leading foundations, and not-for-profit executives in New York and nationally.
With over a decade of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Dalia leverages her expertise in strategy, operations, financial management, and program design to support a range of social impact organizations.
Brooke has twenty years of senior management experience in the public and private sectors, including leadership roles in local and state government and international agencies. She is an expert in municipal government policy and administration, organizational strategy, and large-scale program implementation.
Maggie has fifteen years of experience advancing large-scale systems change in city government and not-for-profits, with a particular emphasis on criminal justice. She is skilled in strategic planning as well as incubating and implementing new initiatives.
At Bennett Midland, Will provides research and technical support for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams Program, an initiative to help cities solve their most pressing problems. He is also conducting an operational analysis for the Legal Aid Society. Will holds an M.A. in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from the University of Vermont.
Dan is an urban planner with wide-ranging experience in policy research and communications. As a communications specialist at Bennett Midland, he helps organizations express their ideas with clear and effective storytelling.
At Bennett Midland, Merrit conducts research and analysis for the E Pluribus Unum Fund—a new organization founded by former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu to address race, equity, economic opportunity, and violence in the U.S. South. She also supports the Mayors Migration Council in their efforts to help cities meet the needs of migrants and refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Merrit holds a BA in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Millsaps College and an MA in Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Ava works with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ COVID Federal Assistance e311 program to help cities access federal funding for relief and recovery efforts. She also supports Everytown for Gun Safety in implementing the Gun Violence Data Fellowship Program, which embeds data analysts in local government to organize and interpret gun violence data for the benefit of city leaders and the public. Ava holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lucas is supporting United Way of New York City to scale a nationwide public health initiative, which brings together clergy leaders, churches, and healthcare providers to combat the disparate harm of Covid-19 in Black communities and build long-term community health capacity. He is also working on the design and launch of new programming promoting data use in city government. Lucas graduated from Brown University with a BA in Public Policy and in Economics.
Michelle is supporting Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth on a strategic plan to maximize the impact of their child welfare and foster care services across New York State. She also worked with United Way of New York City to scale their Choose Healthy Life initiative, which combats racial disparities in health services by linking Black church communities to COVID-19 vaccinations and health education resources.
Senior Manager and Communications Lead
An accomplished strategist and project manager, Sam is a partner to civic sector organizations looking to develop new strategies and strengthen their operations. As the communications lead at Bennett Midland, Sam also drives our work helping organizations tell their stories more effectively.
Tabraiz is supporting the New York City-based Human Services Council to assess the state of their sector in the wake of COVID-19 and identify concrete ways to help member organizations move forward. He also serves as a city support lead for the international Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams program. Tabraiz holds a BA in Philosophy from Vassar College.
Senior Manager and Civic Designer
Stacy is a human-centered designer with broad experience using design methods within civic and social organizations to create new, innovative programs. At Bennett Midland, Stacy serves as the design coach for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams, providing support to teams in mayors’ offices across the country as they generate innovative solutions to pressing problems, such as homelessness and violent crime. She provides design counsel across the firm, helping teams make visually striking collateral and facilitate group activities to gather unexpected perspectives.
At Bennett Midland, Ahmed has supported the implementation of new intake business processes for Sanctuary for Families, a leading service provider for victims of gender violence in New York City, as well as development of an innovative legal services model for Immigrant Justice Corps. He supports several cities tackling diverse urban challenges as part of the Innovation Teams program, including the Syracuse i-team’s work on housing stability.
In her time at Bennett Midland, Elyse has supported a nation-wide scaling strategy for Spark MicroGrants in Rwanda, which will enable 14,000 villages to launch their own social impact projects. She is a lead team member supporting the Safety and Justice Challenge—a $150 million initiative to reduce the misuse and overuse of jails with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Finance and Administration Manager
At Bennett Midland, Leslie is responsible for guiding the firm’s administrative functions, including financial management, human resources, and operations. She works closely with the firm’s leadership on annual business planning and budgeting as well as business development activities.
Danny is conducting research on national best practices for the care of youth in the juvenile justice system for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. He also provides project management support for the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University in its efforts to empower city leaders with the knowledge and tools to use data effectively. Danny holds a BA in Government from Harvard College.
Oscar Sosa López
Oscar is an urban planner with over a decade of experience on a variety of urban policy and regional governance issues, including sustainable transportation policy, climate adaptation and urban reform, regional economic development, and social service provision for immigrant communities.
Charlie is evaluating the economic and social impact of street innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including “Open Sidewalks” and “Open Streets,” on behalf of the New York City Department of Transportation.
Jesse is an experienced manager who has worked on a range of issues in the civic sector—including community and economic development and government innovation—and brings with him a specialty in affordable housing and real estate development. Jesse began his career at Bennett Midland, advising mayoral teams on addressing pressing challenges in their cities, supporting strategic planning for nonprofit organizations, and operationalizing national initiatives for large foundations.
Civic Innovation Fellow
Charles is a national leader in municipal innovation and criminal justice reform. As Bennett Midland’s Civic Innovation Fellow, Charles leads our support to Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams, providing strategic advice and technical assistance to mayoral teams across four countries that are working to address their city’s most urgent challenges.
Bjorn manages an engagement with the Bloomberg Center for Public Impact at Johns Hopkins University on the Innovation Teams Program, working with cities in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. to advance public sector innovation. He has collaborated with local governments, communities, and civil society actors to strengthen legal and social services for migrants in the U.S. and Middle East, worked with mayoral teams across the U.S. and Europe to deliver new, resident-focused initiatives, and supported community-driven justice and development organizations in sub-Saharan Africa.