Advisory Board




Jerry Croan

Sr. Advisor/Sr. Fellow, Human Services

Corporate Team




Shezad Habib

Founder, President and Managing Director


Barbara Rudin, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President


Jeff Pirnat

Corporate Controller


Erwin Coleman, MPA, MA

Principal Associate, Corporate Relations


Tram Ly

Human Resources Manager

Market and Service Leadership




Martin Orland, Ph.D.

Sr. Fellow and Vice President of Education


Mason Bishop

Sr. Fellow, Workforce Development


Anne Chamberlain, M.S.

Senior Director, Programs


Jane Best, Ph.D.

Director, Education


Helga Luest, MA, CC-P

Director, Information and Communications


Andy Simpson

Director, Technology


Maria Trujillo, Ph.D.

Senior Expert, Learning and Development


Shirley Eng, M.S.

Associate Director, Business Solutions


Lori Meyer

Associate Director, Education and Technical Assistance


Marc Mannes, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Children, Youth and Families


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


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


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


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


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


Shayan Habib


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


Alex Vanjani

Vice President, Contracts and Pricing


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


Jane Best, Ph.D.

Director, Education

Overview

Jane Best joins MSG as Director, Education. She has extensive experience working among practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. She most recently was the director of the Arts Education Partnership, a national collaborative funded by the U.S. Department of Education and National Endowment for the Arts. She also held leadership positions at McREL International, Learning Point Associates (now American Institutes for Research), and the National Conference of State Legislatures. She started her career in education as a high school French and ESL teacher in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Best chairs the Windgate Advisory Board at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has served on the board of directors of Knowledge Alliance and the STEM Education Coalition, trade associations that advocate for federal funding for education research and development. She also served on the board of governors for the College of Education at The Ohio State University and has held adjunct faculty appointments at the University Colorado and University of Denver. She holds a Ph.D. in education leadership and policy studies from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in education from The Ohio State University.

Education

Vanderbilt University

Ph.D., Education Leadership and Policy Studies

The Ohio State University

M.A., Education


Erwin Coleman, MPA, MA

Principal Associate, Corporate Relations

Overview

Erwin Coleman has over 15 years of experience in substance abuse and behavioral health program development, management, technical assistance, grants management, and public policy analysis. He has experience in designing and delivering federal and state sessions on strategic planning, goals and objectives development, funding mechanism regulations, requirements and compliance, policy and procedure design, project activity implementation and assessment, participant/client recruitment and retention, project management, and other skill-based requirements. His accomplishments include a successful record of leading a complex portfolio of projects for various Federal agencies – the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Education

Howard University

Master of Arts, International Relations and Public Policy, Washington, DC

Texas State University

Master of Public Administration, Public Administration, San Marcos, TX

Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Science, Political Science, College Station, TX


Helga Luest, MA, CC-P

Director, Information and Communications

Overview

Helga Luest is MSG’s Director, Information and Communications. She has worked in public interest public relations and health communications, providing strategic counsel and communications support, for more than 30 years. Previously, she led efforts at Abt Associates with HHS, DOJ, ED, and EPA. Some of her work included leading a branding effort for malaria elimination for the Health Ministry of Zimbabwe, leading a public messaging campaign on lead and drinking water for EPA, and serving as project director for the National Bullying Prevention Initiative and StopBullying.gov. She was one of the founding consultants that formed SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, providing communications and curriculum development for the technical assistance center.

Ms. Luest is an expert on behavioral health issues, social behavior change communication, violence and bullying prevention, child abuse and neglect, family and domestic violence, and trauma-informed support. In 2018, she co-authored the trauma-informed care resolutions that passed unanimously in the U.S. House and Senate. In 2011, she was awarded the Congressional Unsung Hero Award for her effective advocacy work on violence prevention and response. Ms. Luest received her certification in climate change and health from Yale, was trained by former Vice President Al Gore to join the international Climate Reality Leadership Corps, and recently completed CC-P certification with the Association of Climate Change Officers and the state of Maryland.

Education

University of Maryland University College

M.S., International Management (emphasis on cross-cultural communication)

American University

B.S., Marketing


Andy Simpson

Director, 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


Tram Ly

Human Resources Manager

Overview

Tram Ly brings more than 18 years of human resources and government contracting experience. Tram is a proactive business partner with extensive experience providing full-service HR support and direction to companies from talent acquisition, through compliance, employee relations, compensation and benefits. Over the course of her HR career, Tram has applied her passion for implementing creative HR programs for companies to support the organization’s strategic initiatives and workplace goals.

Ms. Ly earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park and has HR certification from the HR Certification Institute.

Education

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor’s degree in Sociology


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


Maria Trujillo, Ph.D.

Senior Expert, Learning and Development

Overview

Maria Trujillo joined the MSG team as Senior Expert, Learning and Development, and then as Director of Learning and Emerging Technologies bringing her extensive knowledge and experience in adult and online learning. Since 2017, she has been the Faculty Director and Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. Earlier she founded and ran a minority woman-owned business called CALI CONS, LLC that focused on change and knowledge management, systems analysis and modeling, adult training with e2Learning, project design and management, and standard operating procedures.

For 30 years, Dr. Trujillo has solved problems at the intersection of knowledge, technology, and adult learning. Before Georgetown, as Deputy Director of Capacity Development in the GMS project (a consortium of 29 partners) Dr. Trujillo designed a Jumpstart Funding initiative for a set of tripartite groupings of 12 global partners called the “Innovation Pods” and a P2PX – Peer to Peer eXchange Program. The GMS project had a budget of approximately $4 million US/year funded by USAID, where she had oversight of the integrity of the GMS Consultant and Training Management Applications hosting 400+ active virtual consultants. In CAMRIS International she was the Vice President for Emerging Cross Cutting Areas. Nicknamed the ‘Internet Girl’ for being the only woman among a group of men that connected Colombia to the internet in 1995, Dr. Trujillo also created the first Linux Center in the country, and the largest installation of Sun workstations in Latin America at the time managed by a group of 60 undergraduate students. This work was awarded the Scientific Merit Award in 1996 by the Junior Chamber International.

Education

Tulane University

Ph.D., International Development and Technology Transfer

University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

M.Sc. in Knowledge-Based Systems (Artificial Intelligence)

Universidad del Valle (Colombia)

B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering


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


Lori Meyer

Associate Director, Education and Technical Assistance

Overview

Lori Meyer has 20 years of progressive experience working at the nexus of research, policy, and practice to identify solutions for improving educational outcomes and bolstering career readiness for children, youth, and adults. She specializes in designing and delivering technical assistance, leading and managing cross-cutting projects and teams, and conducting research to identify best practices. Throughout her career, she has served as a trusted advisor to nonprofit executives, policymakers, state and local agency staff, business and industry leaders, and heads of philanthropy, helping expand their knowledge and understanding of the education landscape, identify partnerships, and build coalitions. Ms. Meyer has also written and presented extensively on a range of topics spanning from cradle to career, including award-winning reports.

Prior to joining MSG, Ms. Meyer was a consultant, launching strategic initiatives, bolstering issue-oriented portfolios in education and workforce development, and facilitating learning networks. In addition to her consulting experience, Ms. Meyer has held senior positions with education-focused policy, research and communications organizations. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for XaLights, a youth services nonprofit.

Education

The University of Maryland Baltimore County

M.P.S., Education Policy

The University of Akron

B.S., Political Science/Public Policy Management


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