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The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans includes an internal team of expert researchers, a National Research Team of experts from across the country, partners within Tulane, and a Board of Advisors that includes local community groups, teacher unions, and local and state government agencies.

Leadership and Staff

Douglas Harris
​Douglas N. Harris Director

Doug is our founding Director, Tulane Professor of Economics, and Schlieder Foundation Chair in Public Education. His research has helped inform and influence national debates over a range of education policies, especially in charter-based school reform, teacher evaluation, accountability, and college access.

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Jamie Carroll
Jamie M. Carroll Associate Director for Research

Jamie M. Carroll is a Senior Research Fellow at ERA-New Orleans.

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Denise Woltering Vargas Associate Director for Operations, Finance, and Communications

Denise Woltering Vargas is an Associate Director for Operations, Finance and Communications.

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Deanna Allen
Deanna Allen Senior Administrative Program Coordinator

Deanna Allen is our Senior Administrative Program Coordinator, and she manages the office's day-to-day operations, tracks organizational budgets, and coordinates internal communications and meetings.

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Anjana Nair Scientific Research Analyst II

Anjana Nair is a Scientific Research Analyst at ERA-New Orleans.

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Emilia Nordgren Scientific Research Analyst II

Emilia Nordgren is a Scientific Research Analyst at ERA-New Orleans.

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Sofia Gomez Communications Manager

Sofia Gomez is a Communications Manager at ERA-New Orleans.

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Graduate Research Associates

Non-Resident Research Fellows

National Research Team

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Ronald Zimmer National Collaborator

Advisory Board

Institutional Members

  • Lauren Lastrapes, United Teachers of New Orleans
  • Sarah Vandergriff, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
  • Laura Boudreaux, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Debra Vaughn, Urban League of Louisiana
  • Peter Davis, Orleans Public Education Network
  • Laura Hawkins, New Schools for New Orleans
  • Fateama Fulmore, New Orleans Public Schools
  • Tia Mills, Louisiana Association of Educators

Individual Members

  • Jamie Beck, Parent Representative
  • Steve Corbett, School Leader Representative
  • Adrinda Kelly, Community Member Representative
  • Erica Vance, Teacher Representative


Partner Organizations


Partners at Tulane University