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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.

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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.

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.