Jessica Payne, Founder and Director of Research
Jessica Payne is the founder and owner of Mockingbird Analytics, a community and non-profit research and evaluation company, which she comes to with a decade of research and evaluation project management experience in government, community and academic settings.
Most recently Jessica was the Research and Evaluation Manager for CASA of Los Angeles, where she managed large scale data system conversion projects with more than 500+ users, as well as all original research and strategic planning. With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Jessica worked with a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, and agencies to create effective program evaluation strategies. Working with the GRYD Office Jessica designed and managed the Summer Night Lights program evaluation for multiple years in addition to participating in the development of the Intervention Crisis Response and Intervention Family Case Management research components. Prior to that Jessica worked on multiple National Institute of Justice and National Institute of Health Studies on the California Juvenile Justice system and Gang Social Identity studies with the USC Center for Research on Crime and Social Control.
She holds a Masters in Urban Planning with an emphasis on Social and Community Development from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Policy Planning and Development.
Ejiro Morrow, Business Development and Grant Writing Consultant
Ejiro has more than eleven years of grant writing experience for nonprofit agencies in Southern California. She received her Bachelor's of Art degree in Mass Communication from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and a Master's of Art degree in Communication from California State University, Fullerton. She is a graduate of The Grantsmanship Center's Grant Writing Training Program in Los Angeles, California. She has written grants for organizations working with: at-risk youth, early childhood education, families with children who have developmental disabilities, reducing recidivism and re-entry, human trafficking, domestic violence victims, veterans' services, and healthcare.
Ejiro's grant awards total more than $3 million dollars from government and foundations, including the California Community Foundation, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Boeing.
Jan Schwaid , Content Marketing
Jan moved from Wisconsin to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s prestigious film school. She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in screenwriting. Jan takes any and every opportunity to write, and her passion for the craft has led to composing across a variety of media, from film and television to video games and blogs. She joins Mockingbird Analytics to offer a layman’s peek into the world of nonprofit evaluation through entertaining and informative blog posts.
Rhianna Gesch, Grants and Business Consultant
Rhianna is a nonprofit consultant who works with organizations of all sizes and interests to increase their growth and outreach. Rhianna has secured funding from public and private sources for organizations ranging from brand-new, locally focused nonprofits, to more well-established organizations. She has used her experience to teach seminars on grant writing, nonprofit growth, and institutional organization as well as leveraged her knowledge and experience to provide one-on-one assistance to individuals and organizations. She is passionate about using her professional skills to help organizations increase collaboration and integrate with their communities. Rhianna received her Masters of Arts from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School for International Relations and her Bachelors of Arts from the University of San Francisco.