David Maurrasse, PhD

David Maurrasse, PhD

Founder & President

Dr. David Maurrasse is the Founder and President of Marga Incorporated, a consulting firm founded in 2000 providing strategic advisory services and research to philanthropic initiatives and community partnerships.  Marga coordinates the work of the Anchor Institutions …

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Sharmila Lawrence, MIA

Sharmila Lawrence, MIA

Vice President- Consulting

Sharmila Lawrence has 20 years of experience in project management, research, and program design. She previously served as a Research Associate at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at…

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Jason West, MPA

Jason West, MPA

Consultant

Jason West recently completed a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Development Practice, specializing in Management and Data Analytics and Quantitative…

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Shangchao Liu, PhD, MPA, MLitt

Shangchao Liu, PhD, MPA, MLitt

Research Officer

Shangchao Liu is a social scientist specializing in economics and human development.  At the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Shangchao constructed and maintained the database of Urban Competitiveness in China and has published several papers and reports  on housing, urbanization…

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Kevin Kim Larson, Affiliate RIBA

Kevin Kim Larson, Affiliate RIBA

Research Officer

Kevin Kim Larson brings experience in large scale urban design, residential and institutional architectural projects around the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and North America as an architect in New York (OMA Architects) and London (BIG Architects). His experience in architecture has…

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Saliyah George, MPH

Saliyah George, MPH

Research Officer

Saliyah George has worked in multiple public health institutions, such as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). While interning at the NYC DOHMH, she systematically searched and examined scholarly articles about racial health disparities and implicit…

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Mala Coomar, MSc

Mala Coomar, MSc

Research Officer

Mala holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of South Florida Honors College and a Master of Science in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen. Her work includes research on human rights violations in the Commonwealth, refugee integration in Denmark, development activities in Tanzania, and racial injustice in the US…

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Nabila Mehjabeen, MSGA

Nabila Mehjabeen, MSGA

Research Assistant

Nabila just graduated with a Masters in Global Affairs from New York University with a concentration in International Relations and Global Futures. While pursuing her Master’s she was also working in New York University’s Office of Global Services…

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Remy Burton, J.D.

Remy Burton, J.D.

Research Assistant

Remy Burton recently completed a Juris Doctorate at New York University School of Law. While in law school he worked in the Civil Rights clinic, interned with the Bronx Defenders and the Chicago Department of Law Public Safety Reform Division, and served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change…
 

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Sayeda George

Sayeda George

Research Assistant

Sayeda George is a Research Assistant at Marga Inc with over 2 years of Public Health experience. Sayeda has effectively supported parents and children throughout New York City’s child welfare system…

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Eva Motolinia

Eva Motolinia

Research Assistant

Eva Motolinia graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in International Affairs and a minor in Economics. She received departmental honors for her thesis that detailed how global institutions and trade policy reinforced dollar hegemony…

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Lisa Cardoso

Lisa Cardoso

Research Assistant

Originally from Brazil, Lisa (she/her) is currently a senior at Columbia University, pursuing an interdisciplinary major in Political Science and Economics. Lisa is passionate about strategizing and leveraging resources to solve problems…
 

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PARTNERS

Cheryl Blankenship, M.S.

Cheryl Blankenship, M.S.

Partner

Cheryl brings over 35 years of work experience in the areas of higher education, financial management, and consulting to Marga Incorporated.  Her work has included assessments of institutional and organizational systems and implementation of systemic changes to improve efficiency…

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Sharmila Rao Thakkar

Sharmila Rao Thakkar

Partner

Sharmila Rao Thakkar, MPH, MPA, is a philanthropy and nonprofit consultant at SRT Advising & Consulting in New York City. Known for her expertise in leadership development, program implementation, resource development, and communications, Sharmila advises and coaches donors…

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Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D.

Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D.

Partner

Dr. Jennifer L. Bryan is a passionate and seasoned educator, facilitator, and research, evaluation, and technical assistance consultant with more than 25 years of experience working on issues of social justice, community building, and economic development. Dr. Bryan has served as Principal…

 

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Salem Reiner

Salem Reiner

Partner

Salem delivers tactical consulting services to decision-makers in large organizations and small nonprofits focused on clarifying and realizing anchor institution, economic and community development, and community relations goals. Between late 2001 – mid-2020, including seven years in the office…

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