Nirali Vyas is a fellowships assistant for the Dissertation Proposal Development Program at the Social Science Research Council. She graduated from the College of New Jersey with a BA in political science and economics in 2016. Prior to joining the SSRC, Vyas worked as a program services intern at the Ford Foundation, analyzing and organizing internal data to aid the Foundation’s programmatic divisions and developing tools for institutional recordkeeping of the organization’s grant history.
Cally Waite is program director of the SSRC-Mellon Mays Fellowship Program. Waite comes to the SSRC after eight years of service as program coordinator and associate professor of history and education at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Her distinguished list of publications includes numerous articles on race and the history of the American academy, as well as the book Permission to Remain Among Us, a study of education for black students at Oberlin College at the end of the nineteenth century. Her current book project, The Journey Thus Far: Black Southern Scholars and Northern Institutions, 1896-1954 (with Margaret Smith Crocco), considers the experiences and challenges of southern black scholars who earned their doctoral degrees at northern research universities during legalized segregation in the United States.
Penelope Weber is the program associate for the SSRC’s Digital Culture program. She graduated with distinction from Bard College in 2014 with a BA in historical studies, focusing primarily on American and feminist history.
Olivia Whitener is the program assistant for the Religion and the Public Sphere program and the editorial assistant for the program's online forum for secularism, religion, and the public sphere, The Immanent Frame. Olivia graduated with her BA in anthropology, summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University in 2015, where she also minored in psychology and health and human services. Prior to joining the SSRC, she worked as an editorial assistant for an advocacy non-profit in Washington, DC.
Lisa Yanoti worked at the Council for 7 years prior to her return to the position of SSRC Budget Manager. She worked for Saks Fifth Avenue for 1 year in the interim as an Inventory Control Manager. Lisa has a Bachelors degree in Finance.
Zachary Zinn is Director of Technology and Digital Operations at the Social Science Research Council. A project manager, web developer/designer, systems administrator, and general technology enthusiast, he has worked on a wide variety of SSRC information technology projects and digital publications since joining the Council in December 2006. In addition to his work at the Council, Zinn provides technological consulting for nonprofit institutions and manages NoPro Sports, an organization that he co-founded with SSRC staff in 2009 towards developing casual sports leagues and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals in New York City. He holds a BA in government from Hamilton College and an MBA from CUNY-Baruch Zicklin School of Business, specializing in Computer Information Systems.