The Bennett Midland Team

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.

Leadership

Sarah Graizbord

President

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.

Dalia Mechanic

Partner

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 Smith

Partner

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.

Eyasu McCall

Principal

Eyasu is a civic sector leader with senior management experience at public agencies in New York City and internationally. He is an expert in operational planning, policy implementation, and fiscal oversight and management.

Alexis Medina

Principal

Alexis manages our projects supporting the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) on two critical efforts for New York City: the successful implementation of Raise the Age legislation and the Justice Implementation Task Force advancing the City’s plan for a smaller, safer, fairer jail system. She also manages our work with the E Pluribus Unum Fund, an ambitious new initiative developed by former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to address issues of race, equity, economic opportunity, and violence in the U.S. South.

Maggie Wolk

Principal

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.

Team

Frieda Adu-Brempong

Manager

Frieda has played a critical role in staffing the Raise the Age Implementation Task Force to implement new legislation that raised the age of criminal responsibility for young people in New York City. She also works with mayoral teams on a range of issues—from neighborhood revitalization to improving transportation and infrastructure. Previously, Frieda supported strategic planning for the Center for Court Innovation’s Harlem Community Justice Center. Frieda graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Policy Management.

William Andreycak

Senior Associate

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.

Wayne Byun

Senior Associate

Wayne has supported strategic planning for FPWA, a policy and advocacy not-for-profit that promotes the social and economic well-being of New Yorkers. He also conducts research and analysis for the E Pluribus Unum Fund—a newly formed organization by former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu to address race, equity, economic opportunity, and violence in the U.S. South. Wayne holds an MA in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and a BA from Brown University.

Merrit Corrigan

Senior Associate

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 Esquier

Associate

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.

Angela Ferrante

Administrative Associate

A specialist in operations and administration, Angela has experience providing staff and project support in a variety of contexts. At Bennett Midland, Angela assists with finance and firm operations while coordinating business development and knowledge management activities. She provides day-to-day operations solutions to ensure Bennett Midland consistently functions with excellence.

Lucas Fried

Associate

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.

Sam Knowles

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 Lodhi

Associate

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.

Stacy Mitchell

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.

Ahmed Muneeb

Manager

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. Ahmed holds an MA in Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Germany.

Elyse Oliver

Manager

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. Elyse graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies and Sociology.

Danny Rodriguez

Senior Associate

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

Engagement Manager

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.

Charles West

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.