Team

Lakshmi Reddy Bloom
Founder and CEO

Lakshmi Bloom has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of survey design and analysis, human resource information systems, and microcomputer modeling. She specializes in the collection, assessment and processing of quantitative and qualitative data for policy analysis, executive decision-making and employment-related litigation. Her particular expertise lies in her ability to bridge the divide between data and decision-making, something that she credits to the analytical and yet pragmatic and policy-oriented training she received at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Lakshmi relies on this expertise in her work at DfD, communicating the results of complex economic and statistical models in a manner that enables clients to understand and use them for strategic decision making. In addition to her labor and employment related work, Lakshmi works in collaboration with her husband David E. Bloom on public health research and has co-authored a number of articles with him on the relationship between business and communicable disease threats.

David E. Bloom
Senior Consultant, Testifying Expert

David Bloom is the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at Harvard University and Director of Harvard University’s Program on the Global Demography of Aging (funded by the National Institute of Aging). He received a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1976, an M.A. in Economics from Princeton University in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Demography from Princeton University in 1981. Bloom has worked extensively in the areas of labor, population, and health economics and served as a testifying expert and senior consultant to DfD since 2007. He has taught numerous courses on labor, health, and population economics and on statistics and econometrics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Bloom has also published more than 350 articles, book chapters, and books. In April 2005 Bloom was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2015 he was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Daria Burnes
Senior Economist

Daria Burnes earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Irvine, where she specialized in labor, urban, and public economics. Daria joined Data for Decisions in August 2016, having spent five years working on wage and hour disputes, discrimination class action lawsuits, pay equity studies, merger reviews, price fixing class actions, and exclusionary vertical agreements. An excellent addition to DfD’s team of Economists, Daria also brings particular expertise in matters concerning the processing and statistical analysis of large complex data sources.

Rebecca Demsetz
Senior Economist

Rebecca Demsetz earned a Ph.D in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she specialized in labor economics and industrial organization. She has extensive experience in policy analysis and in the communication of technical concepts and tools to varied audiences, thanks to the years she spent as an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. At the Fed, Rebecca acquired considerable knowledge of the financial services industry. She is an excellent applied economist, a supremely careful data analyst, and a terrific writer.

Joe Grimaldo
CFO/Consultant, Forensic Accountant

Joe Grimaldo, has been a partner with the Massachusetts accounting firm of O’Connor Maloney and Company for over 25 years. He has a broad range of accounting experience, including business valuation, tax return preparation on the individual and corporate level, audit work, estate planning and forecasting for corporate finance transactions. His particular area of expertise for DfD is forensic accounting, critical to DfD’s work in the areas of economic valuation and economic damages. Joe brings the highest level of accounting acumen to his work, but also brings a deep understanding of individuals and their relationship to earning, spending and saving, garnered from his quarter century of interactions with accounting clients. His knowledge and ability base, coupled with his excellent communication skills, make Joe an invaluable member of the DfD team.

David Kantor
Senior Systems Analyst

David Kantor has over 30 years experience in programming and systems analysis. He specializes in Stata programming, is an active member of the Stata User’s Group and has developed numerous proprietary programs in Stata. He also has extensive experience working with US Census Data and Current Population Survey Data, both in the context of research and economic valuation. With advanced degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, David brings tremendous attention to detail and the highest level of accuracy to DfD’s computer programming and database construction.

Mathew McKenna
Economist

Mathew McKenna earned an M.A. in Economics from Northeastern University. He brings with him rigorous microeconomic training, strong writing skills and an attentive eye for detail, skills which he utilizes in his role managing projects in the Labor & Employment practice. He is involved in all stages of work, from data validation through report preparation, and is an invaluable member of the Data for Decisions team.

JP Sevilla
Senior Economist

JP Sevilla earned a Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard University, and a J.D. from George Mason University. His expertise and interests are in the economic and normative aspects of global health, cost-benefit analysis and public sector priority-setting, law and economics, and applied econometrics and microeconomics. Before joining Data for Decisions, JP was a junior faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Law School. He is a member of the DC Bar.

Younghwan Song
Consultant, Senior Economist

Younghwan Song, is an Associate Professor of Economics at Union College. Younghwan received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he trained and wrote his thesis in labor economics. With ongoing research, and a number of publications and working papers in topics surrounding the US labor market, Younghwan brings a vital understanding of US labor and employment issues to the DfD team. He also has econometric and statistical expertise that is invaluable to DfD’s work on survey design and analysis, as well as to the analyses performed in the context of discrimination lawsuits and proactive employment studies.

Andrew Stawasz
Research Analyst

Andrew Stawasz graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations. He joined Data for Decisions in November 2015, bringing with him a strong research background that bridges his training in both labor and global health, with emphases on policy and decision-making. A talented writer and conceptual thinker with an eye for detail, Andrew works to help devise novel approaches to the important questions Data for Decisions examines every day.