History

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.

BENEFITS CORPORATION STATUS

 Mockingbird Analytics is proud to be a Benefits Corporation.  For us as a company this means we strive to:

  • Create transparent practices;

  • Make ethical decisions;

  • Have a workplace that brings out the best in everyone;

  • We are inter sectional feminists;

  • We are pro-worker and believe in fair labor practices;

  • We engage in equal pay for equal work;

  • We believe in animal rights and environmental justice;

  • And that children deserve to be safe and loved at all times.

As a benefits corporation we believe that “social good” means telling stories that will benefit people, and providing reasonable project-based services that allow all non-profits to participate in evidence-based practices. This includes sharing the tools we create and our knowledge-base with as many wonderful, hard-working organizations as we can. We are here to support any 

 

 

 
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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 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.

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.

She joins Mockingbird Analytics to offer a layman’s peek into the world of nonprofit evaluation through entertaining and informative blog posts.

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.

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 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.

Nonprofit Social Media Advisor

Myranda Bueno

Social Media Consultant



Myranda Bueno is a Los Angeles-based social media consultant. She is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she was a student-athlete and managed different social media accounts. Clients include the Natasha Watley Foundation, small business owners/entrepreneurs, and also assisted with the UNLV Softball page. She enjoys creating fun content for her clients which aligns with her passion for design and photography. Myranda regularly volunteers and enjoys giving back to the community.

Ejiro has more than twelve years of grant writing experience for nonprofit agencies in Southern California. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Katie Dunham is a Los Angeles-based communications consultant, with more than a decade of experience promoting arts and culture throughout Southern California and beyond. She has worked with the Los Angeles Times, California Institute of the Arts, University of Southern California, Library Foundation of Los Angeles, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, LACMA, and Ruder Finn (now Polskin Arts), in addition to numerous artists, authors, musicians, filmmakers, and nonprofits across Southern California.

Katie Dunham

Marketing and Communications Consultant



Katie Dunham is a Los Angeles-based communications consultant, with more than a decade of experience promoting arts and culture throughout Southern California and beyond. She has worked with the Los Angeles Times, California Institute of the Arts, University of Southern California, Library Foundation of Los Angeles, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, LACMA, and Ruder Finn (now Polskin Arts), in addition to numerous artists, authors, musicians, filmmakers, and nonprofits across Southern California.

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 nonprofit management consultants who can manage our clients’ needs.

Current Openings:

For consultants, fill out our application forma and we will contact you.

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Our Board of Directors

 
Brettany Shannon, Ph.D., is an urban planning and development scholar who studies how people use digital communications for urban and social placemaking. Her research agenda is broadly defined. She looks at how people can and do use media arts to foster community engagement and participatory placemaking; how real estate developers use websites, social networks, and their constituent media for marketing or to reinforce power; and how people engage with social networks to engage with and represent their cities.

Dr. Brettany Shannon

Brettany Shannon, Ph.D., is an urban planning and development scholar who studies how people use digital communications for urban and social placemaking. Her research agenda is broadly defined. She looks at how people can and do use media arts to foster community engagement and participatory placemaking; how real estate developers use websites, social networks, and their constituent media for marketing or to reinforce power; and how people engage with social networks to engage with and represent their cities. Brettany believes digital communications hold promise in that they engage with such planning phenomena as identity, participation, and process, and uphold context as a decisive factor in all. But her research reminds us that technology is a social production, and that just as we extol the virtues of the information age, planners must not forget planning’s complicated history owes in part to its uncritically technophilic tendencies.

In support of her research, she studies community planning, the cultural economy, cultural landscapes, digital media, media arts, public space, the public realm, and comparative urbanism. Brettany received the 2016 John Dyckman Award for Best Dissertation for her thesis, Avoiding Middle-Class Planning 2.0: Media Arts and the Future of Urban Planning, and since graduating she has been the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance's first Scholar-in-Residence where she produced a podcast series, Los Angeles Hashtags Itself, an interview-based look at the intersection of digital culture and urban studies. Finally, she is co-editing a book (Routledge) called Planning for AuthentiCITIES, a look into authenticity's increasing relevance with community development.


Annette is a proud First-Generation American and the first in her family to earn college degrees. She is passionate about social justice, education reform, good food and travel to new places.

Dr. Annette Angus

Dr. Angus is a microbiologist by training and a social activist by heart. She earned her B.S. in Microbiology (2004) from California State University Northridge and her Ph.D. in Microbiology (2009) from UC Berkeley. Her graduate research focused on the intracellular bacterial pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in epithelial cells and was funded funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Annette then moved on to a postdoctoral position with a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA where she studied the symbiosis between beneficial Burkholderia species and legumes. Her work was also awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. After completing her postdoc, Annette began her career in industry at the Procter & Gamble Company as a Scientist II in the Global Microbiology Capability Organization, based in Cincinnati, OH. After surviving a few Midwestern winters, she decided to return her home state and alma mater to pursue other career passions as the Academic Director of the California Alliance, a new statewide initiative to increase diversity in STEM education lead by UC Berkeley. After her time with the California Alliance ended (2016), Annette was ready to return to the lab and joined the Clorox Company as a Scientist in the Microbiology Group of the Advanced Measurement Sciences Department, based in Pleasanton, CA. In her current role, Annette leads complex business projects providing Microbiological guidance on new and existing product formulations, as well as developing innovative method development to support new business ventures. Annette is a proud First-Generation American and the first in her family to earn college degrees. She is passionate about social justice, education reform, good food and travel to new places. 


Britt is a planner at the City of Pasadena for the city's local transit system, Pasadena Transit. Her duties include scheduling, coordinating with regional providers on transit related issues in the city and coordinating with the City's operation contractor to ensure reliable transit service within the city.

Britt Card, MPP

Britt is a planner at the City of Pasadena for the city's local transit system, Pasadena Transit. Her duties include scheduling, coordinating with regional providers on transit related issues in the city and coordinating with the City's operation contractor to ensure reliable transit service within the city. Prior to working in transit, she worked in consulting advising on manpower allocation, project budgeting, project management and systems design. She graduated with her Masters in Public Policy from the Price School of Public Policy at University of Southern California.


Jackie is a senior policy analyst at Community Health Councils (CHC) working to integrate the built environment and health systems policy areas. CHC works to promote social justice and health equity, especially in South LA.

Jackie Illum, MPL

Jackie is a senior policy analyst at Community Health Councils (CHC) working to integrate the built environment and health systems policy areas. CHC works to promote social justice and health equity, especially in South LA. Prior to joining CHC, Jackie held a position at the USC Price School of Public Policy, managing the evaluation of two large CDC-funded community health projects encompassing a wide range of interventions from nutrition to housing and health care access to improve community health outcomes in low-income communities of color. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she managed a research lab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the department of neuro-endocrinology, focused on childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

She holds a master’s degree in urban planning with a concentration in economic development at the University of Southern California in 2013 and received her bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Rutgers University. In graduate school, Jackie studied the intersection of urban planning and public health to address urban health disparities with a special interest in nutrition and physical activity.


Sarah Bedy has 15 years of non-profit experience with expertise in policy analysis, grant writing, and program management.

Sarah Bedy, mpp

Sarah Bedy has 15 years of non-profit experience with expertise in policy analysis, grant writing, and program management. Her professional focus has ranged from foreign democracy assistance to fair lending advocacy. She is currently the director of an entrepreneurship training program that serves hundreds of incarcerated people each year in Southern California, and is active in Long Beach organizing and politics.