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 graduate training she received at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Lakshmi also enjoys an ongoing collaboration with her husband David E. Bloom 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, 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 Data for Decisions 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, published more than 350 articles, book chapters, and books, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Health Policy Associate
Anubhav Agarwal earned a MPH from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014, where he specialized in Global Health. He joined Data for Decisions in August 2018 after having spent four years in health research, analysis and project evaluation. With a strong interest in epidemiology and statistical analysis, and considerable field experience, Anubhav has quickly established himself as a strong member of the Life Sciences team.
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. Daria brings particular expertise in microcomputer modeling, and the processing and statistical analysis of large complex data sources to her work with both the Labor and Employment and Life Sciences practices at Data for Decisions.
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 considerable knowledge of the financial services industry, and 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. Rebecca is an excellent applied economist, and a terrific writer, and has been a vital contributor to the Labor and Employment and Valuation practices at Data for Decisions.
Consultant, Forensic Accountant/CFO
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. Joe serves as Chief Financial Officer at Data for Decisions. In addition, his accounting acumen, coupled with his deep understanding of individuals and their relationship to earning, spending and saving, enables Joe to bring critical forensic accounting expertise to the Valuation practice at Data for Decisions.
Consultant, Senior Economist
Erin Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley, where her fields were labor economics, public finance and econometrics. Prior to joining Data for Decisions, Erin was an assistant professor in the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Economics Department of Wellesley College. In her research, Erin uses large datasets to answer health policy questions, for example, studying the factors that influence expert decision-making in health care, and she will be bringing this expertise to her work in both the Labor and Employment and Life Sciences practices at Data for Decisions.
Senior Systems Analyst
David Kantor has over 30 years of 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, Kantor brings tremendous attention to detail and the highest level of accuracy to computer programming and database construction at Data for Decisions.
Health Policy Associate
Paige Kirby graduated from Wellesley College in 2016 with a B.A. in Economics. She joined Data for Decisions in July 2018 after working as an analyst at Compass Lexecon Economic Consulting group, where she further strengthened her research and writing skills. With a strong interest in public health and development, and excellent analytical and communication skills, Paige has already proven herself to be an important contributor to the work of the Life Sciences practice.
Madeline Petran graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics. She joined Data for Decisions in October 2017, bringing with her a strong foundation in mathematics and statistics. A logical thinker, with a calm demeanor and excellent organizational skills, Madeline has already demonstrated her ability to handle multiple projects in the Labor and Employment practice.
Senior Economist/Practice Leader – Life Sciences
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 an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Law School. He is a member of the DC Bar.
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 Labor and Employment practice at Data for Decisions. He also has econometric and statistical expertise that is invaluable to the work done in the Valuation and Life Sciences practices.
Consultant, Senior Economist
Daniel Tortorice is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the College of the Holy Cross. Daniel received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he wrote his thesis on expectations and unemployment in macroeconomic models. With ongoing research in dynamic macroeconomic modeling and R&D spillovers, Dan brings vital macroeconomic, modeling and data analysis expertise to the Life Sciences practice at Data for Decisions.