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.
Heather Waters has over 20 years' experience working in nonprofit finance and administration in New York City. She was a finance manager for NICHE, NYU College of Nursing, and the New York Open Center. International nonprofits she has worked for include the Rainforest Alliance, Cornell University Medical College, and the Ford Foundation. Waters wrote theater reviews as a sideline in 2017 and 2018. Several of her poems have been published in small journals.
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.
Catherine Weddig is a program assistant for the Social Data Initiative. She graduated with honors from Rhodes College in 2018 with a BA in history, where she focused on international political history. During this time, Catherine also studied abroad at Oxford University on a European studies program.
Lauren Weinzimmer is program officer for the Social Data Initiative. She comes to SSRC from Minneapolis, where she completed her PhD in communication studies with a concentration in critical media studies. Her dissertation focused on the professionalization of beauty vlogging across social media platforms. She holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Texas at Austin, and was a junior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.
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 is the director of finance. She joined the Council in 1999 as a junior accountant and went on to become the budget manager in 2007. She holds a BS in finance from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a certificate in accounting principles from Baruch College’s Division of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Nisreen Yonis is the Program Assistant for the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative (UVC). Building on the SSRC's work in international peace and security, in partnership with other international policy and academic research institutions, Nisreen supports the delivery of experience-based findings, operationally relevant evidence, and policy-oriented research outputs conducted on the complexities of violent conflict, the political marketplace, and public authority in Central Africa, the Horn of Africa, Iraq, and Syria. A Distinguished Delegate at American University’s School of International Studies, Nisreen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University, having studied International Justice with a concentration in Conflict and Development Studies. Prior to joining the SSRC in New York, Nisreen served a tour with the Homeland Project at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camps in the Palestinian Territories and before that, in the Refugee Resettlement Programs at the International Rescue Committee. While in Washington, D.C. Nisreen was responsible for monitoring, compiling, and reporting research data from the Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG) on Israeli settler violence and projectile launches from Gaza for the Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center’s Settler Violence Project. An Orin Kramer & Hillary Ballon Scholar, Nisreen is currently doing a study on the Architecture of Occupation for the Old City of Jerusalem Revitalization Program and has written on the relationship between political regime type, the logic of violence, legitimacy, state fragility, and ethnic fractionalization. Nisreen won the 2017 University Research Award and 2017 Best Undergraduate Paper Award. She is currently reading Hollow Land by Eyal Weizman.".
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.