Office of Strategic Partnerships team

Our Team

Eliza Edwards, Policy Analyst
Jenni Owen, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Dariana Vargas Villanueva, Program Support Specialist
Joy Vermillion Heinsohn, Philanthropy Liaison
David Yokum, Senior Advisor
Evidence Advisor
Program Manager

Interns & Associates

Apply for 2021 internship opportunities - spring and summer
Jessica Boyle, doctoral intern (summer 2020) 
Liam Miranda, graduate intern (summer/fall 2020; spring 2021) 
Ethan Saber, undergraduate intern (summer 2020)
Patience Wall, graduate intern (summer 2020)

Advisory Group

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick


School of Education, UNC-CH

Anita Brown-Graham

Professor and Director

ncImpact, School of Government, UNC-CH

Lonnie Cockerham

Interim Executive Director of Community Engagement

NC A&T State University

Emily Gangi

Policy Engagement Director

ncImpact, School of Government, UNC-CH

Kerry Haynie


Department of Political Science; Chair, Academic Council, Duke University

Dennis Kekas

Associate Vice Chancellor of Partnerships and Economic


NC State University

Neil Mastin

Research Manager

NC Dept. of Transportation

Jennifer Mundt

Senior Policy Advisor

NC Dept. of Environmental Quality

Margery Overton

Vice Provost for Academic Strategy

NC State University

Noah Pickus

Associate Provost and

Senior Advisor to the Provost

Duke University

Tonya Smith-Jackson

Senior Vice Provost for

Academic Affairs

NC A&T State University

Don Taylor

Professor and Director

Department of Public Policy; Social Science Research Institute, Duke University

Jessie Tenenbaum

Chief Data Officer

NC Dept. of Health and Human Services

Kristin Walker

Deputy Director

NC Office of State Budget and Management

Jeff Warren

Executive Director

NC Policy Collaboratory, UNC-CH

David Yokum


The Policy Lab at Brown University

In addition to those listed above, the following individuals have been providing ongoing and critical guidance and support:

Jennifer Francis

Executive Vice Provost

Duke University

Don Hobart

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

UNC-Chapel Hill

Kevin Howell

Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development

NC State University