The Hope Center

The Hope Center Team

Idrisa Abdul-Hamid

Senior Director of Operations and Finance

Sara Abelson

Senior Director of Education and Training Services
(January 2022)

Rjaa Ahmed

Communications Specialist

Christine Baker-Smith

Executive Director

Kallie Clark

Senior Research Associate

Vanessa Coca

Director of Research

Edward Conroy

Associate Director of Institutional Transformation

Sonja Dahl

Junior Research Associate

Antjelina Eckman

Interim Education and Training Services Specialist

Japbir Gill

Senior Research Associate

Sara Goldrick-Rab

President & Founder

Nicole Hacker


Tom Hilliard

Senior Policy Analyst

Queena Hoang


Denisha Hobbs

Policy Analyst

Deirdre Hopkins

Director of Communications

Andy Howe

Director of Technical Assistance

Pei Hu

Research Associate

Mark Huelsman

Policy Fellow

Gregory S. Kienzl

Senior Research Fellow

Jennifer King


David Koppisch

Associate Director of Community Engagement

Elizabeth Looker

Associate Director of Research Partnerships

Tyler Lum

Student Engagement Coordinator

Sarah Magnelia

Research Project Manager

Chloe McKenzie

Racial Equity and Finance Fellow

Marissa Meyers


Eliza Mongeau

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Motunrayo A. Olaniyan

Senior Research Associate

Rosalinda Ortiz


Melissa Paone

Manager of Marketing

Michael Reid Jr.

Research Assistant

Leslie Rios

Project Assistant

Joshua Rudolph


Maureen Scully

Chief of Staff

Sahar Siddiqi

Communications Specialist

Lamont Speller

Graphic Designer

Lakisha Stone

Pre & Post Award Specialist

David Thompson


Paula Umaña

Director of Institutional Transformation

Teneshia Washington

Lead Administrative Specialist

Joshua Williams


Christine Wolff-Eisenberg

Senior Learning Specialist