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Mockingbird Analytics was launched in 2015 by Jessica Payne after a decade of experience with educational research, nonprofit evaluation, government social programs. During that time, it became clear that there was a need for smaller nonprofits to successfully measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of their services.

Throughout our time working with nonprofits we’ve added more services to support the infrastructure that organizations need for assessing their impact. Strategic Planning, Development Planning and support, and Database Administration are key services to building the success story of an organization. To help deliver those service we’ve been joined by a robust board and consultant pool of researchers, grantwriters, marketing, and IT professionals. All of our team adds to the collective knowledge covered by Mockingbird Analytics as we work with many different nonprofit causes and social justice work. 

If you’re interested in joining our team send us an email through the Contact Us page introducing yourself and telling us about your nonprofit skill set.


Our Mission

We are on a mission to help small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations tell their story.

Years of experience have showed us that it is often difficult for under-resourced organizations to build their internal infrastructure and translate impact into numbers. These challenges become a barrier to serving more people.

Oftentimes, it is the already well-funded and well-known nonprofits who receive grants because of their ability to bring in administrative and development staff or outsource services. We want to fill that gap and help every nonprofit better plan, evaluate, fundraise and, ultimately, tell the story of their impact.

Vision Statement

Mockingbird Analytics envisions a social good sector where small to medium-sized nonprofits have access to affordable evaluation, development, and planning services.

We see a future where small nonprofits regularly receive acknowledgement for their service to their communities and have easy access to the information they need to help tell the story of their impact.

We look to a future where donors can clearly see positive community change. Most importantly, we are striving for a future where small to medium-sized nonprofits can expand their impact on the communities they serve.




Our Team

With more than 70 years of combined experience working with nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, healthcare foundations and social good organizations, we are here to help your organization grow and scale the impact of your work.

Jessica Payne

Jessica Payne


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 twelve 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 and Competing for Federal Grants 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, human services, domestic violence victims, veterans' services, and healthcare. Ejiro's grant awards total more than $3 million dollars from government and foundations, including the UniHealth Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Ahmanson Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Boeing as well as Social Services Agency of Orange County.


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.


Linda Machida

Grant Writing Consultant

Linda is an experienced grant writer and consultant who has worked for nonprofit organizations, foundations, and school districts in the Southern California area. She has successfully written federal, state, and private foundation grants focusing on education, after school programs, at-risk youth, community schools, career technical education, arts and culture, health, social services, veterans and more. She has also coordinated community-wide planning, outreach, and worked to develop a school district Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and aligned budgets. She received her B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Linda’s grant awards over the past ten years total over $15 million including funds from the U.S. and California Departments of Education, The James Irvine, California Community, and Riordan Foundations. With a background in arts and cultural administration, Linda’s approach to consulting focuses on developing creative, collaborative, and strategic solutions to challenges.


Kyle Battle

Database Consultant

With seven years of experience as a Salesforce consultant, Kyle has worked with several nonprofits, large and small, to leverage the power of the Salesforce platform to run more efficiently. Kyle worked on the Games Organizing Committee of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 as the Director of CRM and Digital Products for almost two years where he championed the usage of Salesforce, built out the solution and oversaw its execution throughout the Games. He has also worked with smaller charities like Heal the Bay, Goodwill Southern California and Special Olympics New Jersey to help them enjoy the benefits of the Salesforce platform. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Kyle graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Creative Writing which he uses to translate technical jargon into something that everyone can understand. He has worked as a writer for Huffington Post and Bleacher Report and is also a published author, ghostwriter and featured contributor. His older brother has Down's syndrome and many others in his family are foster parents or certified care takers, all influencing his passion for working with nonprofits to better achieve their goals.


Join our Team 

Mockingbird Analytics is a Benefits Corporation that is looking for qualified consultants to join our organization. We  work with small nonprofit and social good organizations to help them tell the story of their work through strategic management, evaluation, and development and seek consultants who can manage our clients’ needs.