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.

Maggie Wolk

Partner

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

William Andreycak

Manager

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 Casey

Communications Specialist

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.

Merrit Corrigan

Manager

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.

Zola Doyle

Associate

At Bennett Midland, Zola is supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies in designing and launching the City Data Alliance, a new program to engage 100 cities across the Americas in setting a new standard for local governments using data to power better results for residents. She is also working with the NYC Mayor’s Office on an initiative to clear the backlog of health and human services contracts.

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.

Lucas Fried

Senior 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.

Michelle Gaspari

Associate

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.

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

Senior 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.

Ron Marine

Associate

Ron provides operational and strategic planning support to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams program—an international effort to help cities use innovation techniques to solve intractable problems and deliver better results for residents. He also worked with the City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department to explore regulations to reduce blood lead levels in children by partnering with experts in lead poisoning prevention, reduction, and code compliance in residential properties.

Stacy Mitchell

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.

Ahmed Muneeb

Senior 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.

Summer Prescod

Finance and Administrative Associate

Summer is responsible for the operational functions here at Bennett Midland. She works in tandem with the Finance and Administrative Manager to ensure the daily affairs of the firm are tended to properly. Summer provides hands-on support to the team while assisting with the many other aspects of office coordination, such as finance and human resources.

Leslie Qureshi

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 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.

Charlie Vancini

Associate

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 Weiss

Senior Manager

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.

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.

Bjorn Whitmore

Senior Manager

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.

Sharon Zea Rincón

Associate

Sharon supports the Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance, which works with mayors in Latin America, Canada, and the U.S. to improve their use of data and set a new standard for local governments. She also supports United Way of New York City on their  Education Equity Cabinet, a cross-sector body that works to address racial inequities in the education system in New York City.