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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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Sara Slaughter
Sara Slaughter Associate Director, Communications and Operations

As our Associate Director of Communications and Operations, Sara Slaughter oversees all aspects of ERA-New Orleans' organizational operations, communications, and finances.

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Lindsay Weixler
Lindsay Weixler Associate Director, Research

Lindsay Bell Weixler is our Associate Director of Research, and her research interests include early childhood education and child and adolescent development in educational settings.

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Mary Elizabeth Glenn Senior Research Fellow

Beth is a Senior Research Fellow at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans.

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Lihan Liu
Lihan Liu Senior Research Fellow

Lihan Liu is a Senior Research Fellow, and her research interests include labor economics, public economics, economics of education, and applied econometrics.

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Daniel Oliver Senior Research Fellow

Daniel Oliver is a Senior Research Fellow at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. His research interests include economics of education, labor economics, and public policy.

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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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Cathy Balfe Research Analyst

Cathy Balfe is a Research Analyst, and her research interests include parent choice within a decentralized enrollment system, particularly within early childhood education.

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Olivia Carr Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Olivia Carr is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Research-Practice Partnerships at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans.

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​Alica Gerry Senior Research Analyst

Alica Gerry is a Senior Research Analyst, and her research interests include the pre-K programming in New Orleans' decentralized education system.

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Lan Nguyen Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Lan Nguyen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Education Research Alliance for 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

  • Adrienne Dixson, United Teachers of New Orleans
  • Andrew Shachat, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Caroline Roemer, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
  • Marlin Hollins, Urban League of Louisiana
  • Nahliah Webber, Orleans Public Education Network
  • Rachna Puthottu, New Schools for New Orleans
  • Thomas Lambert, New Orleans Public Schools
  • Tia Mills, Louisiana Association of Educators

Individual Members

  • Julie Lause, School Leader Representative (Board Vice Chair)
  • Liz Marcell Williams, Community Member Representative
  • Luis Miron, University Representative (Board Chair)
  • Mckenzie Parkins, Teacher Representative
  • Tory Taylor, Parent Representative


Partner Organizations


Partners at Tulane University