Shezad Habib

Founder, President and Managing Director


Barbara Rudin, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President


Anne Chamberlain, M.S.

Senior Director, Programs


Jerry Croan

Sr. Advisor/Sr. Fellow, Human Services


Martin Orland, Ph.D.

Sr. Fellow and Vice President of Education


Mason Bishop

Sr. Fellow, Workforce Development


Dan Geller, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow


Shirley Eng, M.S.

Associate Director, Business Solutions


Marc Mannes, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Children, Youth and Families


Andy Simpson

Director of Technology


Jeff Pirnat

Corporate Controller


Shezad Habib

Founder, President and Managing Director

Overview

Shezad Habib is a dynamic and energetic leader who has provided consulting and advisory services to the international community for over 15 years. He has assembled and managed multiple large-scale team for complex local and international consulting projects. Through his leadership, MSG has helped provide strategic insight across federal agencies, as well as Fortune 500 clients in the energy, health, and technology sectors. Mr. Habib serves on the Board of multiple organizations and has conducted business in more than 30 countries. Mr. Habib excels at relationship management and bringing stakeholders together to create the right teams to meet our client’s needs. Mr. Habib is responsible for overseeing Manhattan Strategy’s growth, strategic planning, and external relationships with clients, vendors, and partners.

Prior to joining Manhattan Strategy, Mr. Habib was a Senior Strategist and Primary Research Expert at Kaiser Associates, an international consulting firm serving Fortune 50 clients. He is a senior advisor to the Institute of Behavior Psychology’s board of directors, and a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the M&A Roundtable Committee in New York City. Mr. Habib received the Business Man of the Year Award from the National Business Advisory Council (2006) and the First Generation Entrepreneurship Award from the National Association of Entrepreneurship First Generation Council (2011).

Education

Columbia Business School

CCBP, Entrepreneurship, Management & Growth, 2010-2012

New York University

Advanced Coursework, Organization Behavior

Colby College

B.A., Economics and Administrative Sciences


Barbara Rudin, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

Overview

Dr. Rudin is the Senior Vice President for Operations and Programs at MSG. In this role, Dr. Rudin oversees all corporate departments focusing on efficient processes and maintaining consistent high-quality standards for staff and clients. Dr. Rudin has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in federal consulting and has contributed to significant growth of small businesses as they grew into large corporations. Dr. Rudin holds a doctorate in Child and Family Development and has managed a variety of research and technical assistance projects focused on Head Start, early education, and family needs in the military services. She has worked across many federal agencies including the Administration for Children and Families, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, she has served in senior management roles for work in the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Education

University of Georgia

M.S. and Ph.D., Child and Family Development

University of Florida

B.A., Psychology


Anne Chamberlain, M.S.

Senior Director, Programs

Overview

Anne Chamberlain leads the Research and Evaluation practice at MSG. She has been conducting and managing the research and evaluation of complex policies and programs for 20 years. Ms. Chamberlain has extensive experience conveying research from concept through dissemination stages. Her work has addressed a variety of issues in workforce development, education, and human services. Methodologically, Ms. Chamberlain works across quantitative and qualitative approaches, often building mixed-methods designs to maximize the utility of both. She has directed randomized controlled trials of education and disability employment initiatives and is also an expert in the use of interview, focus group, observation, and document-review techniques. Ms. Chamberlain works to ensure that the wide variety of stakeholders within each project are acknowledged and invested in a high-quality, actionable evaluation.

Prior to joining MSG, Ms. Chamberlain was a senior research associate with IMPAQ International and Director of Program Evaluation at Social Dynamic where she led numerous studies on workforce development, education, and human services. Ms. Chamberlain is an active member of the American Evaluation Association.

Education

University of Maryland Baltimore County

ABD, Public Policy - Evaluation

Syracuse University

M.S., Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation


Jerry Croan

Sr. Advisor/Sr. Fellow, Human Services

Overview

Jerry Croan is a Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at MSG. He chairs the Human Services market group. Mr. Croan has had a 40-year career working to advance health, education, and social policy and practice. Mr. Croan built and led Caliber Associates as its CEO and served as Executive Vice President at ICF. He currently serves as a strategic advisor to various U.S. nonprofits and advisory firms. An expert in both Technical Assistance and Evaluation, he has led program strategy development, technical assistance, and evaluation for many U.S. social programs, including: Race to the Top and Regional Education Laboratories for the Dept of Education; the Child Welfare Gateway, Head Start, the Child Care Bureau, the Office of Family Assistance in the Department of Health and Human Services; the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice; Job Corps and workforce development initiatives for the Department of Labor; and the U.S. military’s personnel and family support programs.

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

S.B., M.C.P, Urban Planning


Martin Orland, Ph.D.

Sr. Fellow and Vice President of Education

Overview

Dr. Martin Orland (Ph.D.) is a senior fellow at MSG and chairs the education market group. Over a 40-year professional career, Dr. Orland’s educational leadership roles both inside and outside of government have consistently focused on filling the nexus between evidence-based knowledge and improved policy and practice. Dr. Orland previously spent nine years as Senior Program Director for Evaluation and Policy Research at WestEd as well as founding director of its Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining WestEd, Dr. Orland was Director of the Center for Education (CFE) at the National Research Council, part of the National Academies, and a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service (SES). Dr. Orland spent 19 years at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in various senior leadership roles: special assistant to the director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), associate commissioner at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and acting director of the National Education Goals Panel (NEGP). His major accomplishments while at ED included creating the What Works Clearinghouse, the publication and dissemination of the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), developing the secretary’s annual report on teacher preparation programs, and producing annual reports on progress toward achieving the national education goals.

Dr. Orland is a past president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (formerly the American Education Finance Association) the author of several dozen publications for academic, policy, and practitioner audiences, and government agencies, and a frequent presenter at international, national, and regional conferences.

Education

Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Ph.D., Social Sciences

Brooklyn College, City University of New Year

B.A., M.A., Political Science


Mason Bishop

Sr. Fellow, Workforce Development

Overview

Mason M. Bishop is a recognized national expert on employment and postsecondary education policy having served in executive management positions in Washington, D.C. and Utah. Mr. Bishop’s consulting portfolio includes community colleges, workforce development organizations, private businesses, and community organizations in approximately 19 states. His expertise includes technical assistance and evaluation, project and grant development, analysis and report writing, and meeting facilitation. Mr. Bishop’s expertise ranges from postsecondary training and credentialing to entrepreneurship and workforce development tailored to the high-tech economy.

Mr. Bishop has held leadership positions at both the state and federal levels within workforce development and postsecondary education. Mr. Bishop served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) during the George W. Bush Administration. He led national workforce policy efforts and initiatives, oversaw key workforce investment programs, and assisted with congressional relations and legislative issues. He was a spokesperson for DOL and was interviewed by national media outlets numerous times, conducted frequent speeches and presentations, and testified in front of several congressional committees including the House Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

Mr. Bishop’s experience includes serving as a Director with University of Phoenix’s National Industry Strategy Group. Mr. Bishop’s responsibilities included designing and implementing workforce development solutions for national industry associations, their corporate members, and allied educational and professional certification groups. Early in his career, Mr. Bishop negotiated the legislation that implemented the largest reorganization in Utah state government history and welfare reform in Utah. He became the first Public Affairs Director for the newly created Utah Department of Workforce Services, and immediately implemented a nationally-recognized outreach campaign.

Education

Brigham Young University

B.A., Political Science

Master’s in Public Administration

George Mason University

Doctoral coursework in Public Policy


Dan Geller, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

Overview

Daniel Geller is a Senior Fellow and the former Director of Research and Evaluation at MSG. He is an accomplished researcher with over 35 years of experience in program evaluation, policy research and analysis, and research design, including the management of large-scale data collection efforts and analysis of resulting data. He has directed the evaluation and study of many highly visible programs for public sector clients and through this research provided critical input to inform policy and to assess the extent to which programs achieve their objectives. Dr. Geller’s work includes efforts aimed at assessing program participation, impact evaluations and outcome assessments, quality and adherence to procedures, program integrity and error, and policy implications of program operation. This includes assessing the integrity and operations of programs targeting underserved populations and measuring the error rate in determining eligibility and distributing benefits. He has led numerous quantitative studies using primary and secondary data on a nationally representative sample of participants, designed research using experimental and quasi-experimental methods, and conducted qualitative and process evaluations to gain additional insight into programs and their impact. He has presented findings and reports to policy leaders and in response to Congressional requests.

Dr. Geller has worked in partnership with top policy analysis and research firms, methodological and subject-matter experts at major institutions, and public policy organizations. Prior to joining MSG, he was the Vice President at Insight Policy Research and a principal at ICF where he designed and conducted effective quantitative and qualitative evaluations that enabled clients to demonstrate the accountability and achievements of programs.

Education

City University of New York

Ph.D., Social Psychology

Vassar College

B.A., Psychology


Shirley Eng, M.S.

Associate Director, Business Solutions

Overview

Shirley Eng has over 20 years of experience in best practices research and business process improvement for private and government sector organizations. She has managed over 50 market research and data collection projects for public and private sector clients. These projects include Fortune 500 clients in the energy, health, and technology sectors and government contracts with the General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Federal Reserve Banks, The Federal Deposit of Insurance, among others. Ms. Eng has extensive experience developing strategies to enhance operational and financial performance and, thus, improve internal and external customer satisfaction.

Prior to joining MSG, Ms. Eng worked at American Express and Salomon Brothers on multiple process improvement initiatives within the finance and credit card operations. These initiatives include data quality improvements, competitive benchmarking and research, activity-based management, modeling and risk management, shared services process optimization and overall information management system and process improvement.

Education

Columbia University

M.S., Strategic Communications with a focus in Market Research

B.A., Organizational Psychology and with concentrations in Economics and Computer Science


Marc Mannes, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Children, Youth and Families

Overview

Marc Mannes has over 25 years of experience in federal service, contracting, research, and policy and program improvement in early childhood education (ECE), child and family services, and child welfare. Dr. Mannes has led national training and technical assistance (T/TA) centers, and directly delivered technical assistance on evidence-based practices to federal maternal and child home visiting program grantees; and state, county and municipal public child welfare and behavioral health agency leadership and practitioners to support effective implementation of evidence-based practices. He provided national leadership for an extensive portfolio of state and regional Head Start T/TA contracts serving hundreds of grantees. As part of his responsibilities he developed a national online Program Leadership and Management Professional Development initiative for Head Start grant directors to enhance program performance. He is a contributing author on topics such as Balancing Family-Centered Services and Child Well-Being: Exploring Issues in Policy, Practice, Theory, and Research (2001) and Other People’s Kids: Social Expectations and American Adults’ Involvement with Children and Adolescents (2003).

Prior to joining MSG, Dr. Mannes was a former federal staff at the Administration for Children and Families where he served as the national training expert in child welfare and formulated T/TA initiatives. At the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice his role concentrated on actively supporting the design and delivery of intensive in-home family preservation and family support services. With the National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare, the first national entity dedicated to promoting the use of evidence-based practices in the child welfare field, the emphasis was on meeting the behavioral and mental health needs of child welfare involved children, youth and families. During my stint at Search Institute my responsibilities encompassed promoting the positive youth development, protective factor oriented, and research-based Developmental Assets to young people, families, schools, communities, and national and international youth-serving organizations.

Education

Cornell University

Ph.D., Human Services Studies

Indiana University

M.S., Education


Andy Simpson

Director of Technology

Overview

Andrew Simpson leads all technology related activities at MSG including IT project management, web design, web and mobile application development, database administration, data security and web hosting. He brings passion and innovation, demonstrated through the design and development and multi-project use of a proprietary Technical Assistance framework, TotalTA, and also through his innovative thinking for developing effective Communities of Practice. Mr. Simpson has extensive experience leading teams through the design, development, testing, deployment and maintenance of technology solutions including event websites and mobile apps, communities of practice, content management systems, and rich data-driven solutions. He also ensures that all technology-based solutions comply with Section 508 Accessibility, NIST and FISMA standards for Federal technology solutions, and agency-specific regulations.

Education

Shenandoah University

B.B.A., Information Systems in Computer Technology


Jeff Pirnat

Corporate Controller

Overview

Mr. Pirnat has over 25 years of experience working with government contracting and commercial firms in financial management, development, and execution of strategic plan and risk mitigation. Within government contracting, he is proficient in all aspects of accounting and project control for cost-plus-fixed-fee, time and materials, and firm-fixed-price basis contracts in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations. Mr. Pirnat has the business acumen to drive profitability, reduce operating expenses, and enhance working capital. More importantly, he fosters an environment of continued innovation, business process improvement aligned with sound internal controls, and compliance best practices.

Before joining MSG, Mr. Pirnat worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as the finance lead for several research & development divisions and was a trusted financial advisor to several senior leaders. Among his achievements in this role, he established new practices to streamline project budgeting and financial forecasting, and developed a number predictive models and tools to provide insight into the organization’s performance to maximize efficient asset allocation.

Education

Salisbury University

B.S., Business Administration with a concentration in Finance