staff


John Talmage, Chief Executive
Ryan Sullivan, Director of Operations & Senior Research Advisor
Jamie Alderslade, Director of Applied Research
Elsie Achugbue, Director of External Affairs
Damayra Duporte Perez, Research Associate
Ryan Gerety, Research Associate
Andrew Martin, Research Associate
Katie Reagan, Research Associate
Quentin Stubbs, Research Associate
James Walker, Technology Assistant
Frenika Mudd, Research Assistant
Linda Solomon, Administrative Assistant

John Talmage, Chief Executive
John joined Social Compact in January of 2006 after serving as the Deputy Director for Economic Development for the City of New Orleans. In New Orleans, John focused primarily on business development issues, including Supplier Diversity, Workforce Development, Business Development, and International Trade Development. Before joining the Mayor’s office in New Orleans, John worked in New York City, primarily working for New York City Council Members Ken Fisher and Abe Gerges. While in New York, John worked with communities throughout North Brooklyn to address economic development, housing and land-use matters. John earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Masters in Arts in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. Currently John is pursuing a Ph.D in Sociology from Tulane University with a focus on Labor Markets and Urban Development. John is married to Melissa Talmage with whom they have two children, Olivia and Benjamin.

Ryan Sullivan, Director of Operations and Senior Research Advisor
Ryan joined Social Compact’s research team in 2000 as a research assistant, helping pioneer Social Compact’s DrillDown in four diverse Chicago, IL neighborhoods. In his capacity as Associate Director for Emerging Neighborhood Markets, Ryan applied his strong statistical analysis and creative thinking to overseeing research and production of the DrillDown, as well as streamlining Social Compact’s research methodologies. Ryan holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy from Boston College and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Sydney, Australia, where he studied major movements in contemporary literature, exploring themes shaping the identity of urban areas.

Jamie Alderslade, Director of Research
Jamie joined Social Compact with three years experience in international urban economic development. After graduating in 2000, Jamie worked as an Economic Development Analyst at the International Economic Development Council in Washington , DC where he researched on projects as diverse as U.S. Brownfield legislation, Smart Growth in Michigan and bidding for the Olympic Games. He then moved to Brazil for six months where he set up a small business before returning to the UK where he worked as a Research Analyst at Greater London Enterprise, London’s commercial economic development agency. There, Jamie authored several reports including a report investigating best practice in encouraging small enterprise in inner cities in the EU. Jamie holds a B.A. (Hons) in Human Geography from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford . He is also a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the Prague Institute for Global Urban Development.

Elsie Achugbue, Director of External Affairs
Elsie Achugbue joined Social Compact in March 2006. Elsie holds a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her graduate studies focused on international development and planning in multicultural communities; and research interests include the political and practical implications of increased diversity in cities on the field of urban planning and development. Prior to graduate school, Elsie worked for two years in organizational development, assisting individuals and organizations in building cultural competence in serving diverse immigrant and ethnic communities and in managing diversity in the workplace. She has also worked on community development projects targeting capacity building, minority leadership development, and sustainable affordable housing. Elsie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Macalester College.

Ryan Gerety, Research Associate
Ryan joined Social Compact in June 2006 after completing her MA in Political Science at the University of New Mexico. Her graduate work focused on neighborhood change in Albuquerque’s downtown and Latin American political economy. During graduate school, Ryan worked as a research assistant in the Complex Adaptive Systems group at the University of New Mexico, where she modeled nonlinear dynamics in cancer and in social organization. Previously, she was a software engineer and web developer at Xynergy, Inc. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico.

Andrew Martin, Research Associate
Andrew joined Social Compact in June of 2006. Andrew holds a MS in Applied and Resource Economics from East Carolina University and received his BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through his coursework and experiences studying abroad in Mexico, Andrew developed a keen interest in development issues and the informal economy. Andrew ‘s international experience also includes a year of teaching English in Japan.

Damayra Duporte Perez, Research Associate
Damayra joined Social Compact after working as the Marketing and Outreach Manager for NYC Business Solutions, a cutting-edge Mayoral initiative led by the NYC Department of Small Business Services under Commissioner Robert Walsh, reporting directly to Assistant Commissioner Michael Hecht. Damayra also participated in a consulting project that will pave the way for future economic revitalization strategies for a Brownsville business community. Prior to her return to New York, Damayra did international relief and development work through the American Red Cross and the International Red Cross (ICRC) in Albania. In addition to her time in Albania, Damayra traveled through Eastern Europe and Latin America providing development support to Red Cross societies in the areas of disaster response and preparedness. Damayra holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University and is qualified to practice real estate in New York State.

Quentin Stubbs, Research Associate
Quentin joined Social Compact in June of 2006 with experience in environmental policy, urban planning, and statistical analysis. He has served as a Planner/Statistician with an architecture/planning firm in Alexandria, VA assisting in environmental studies regarding the proposed D.C. baseball stadium in SE DC, the revitalization of naval facilities like the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Station Norfolk, and the Washington D.C. Navy Yard, as well as the proposed United States Institute of Peace. He has also worked as a Congressional Fellow via the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. in the Office of Congressman James Clyburn (SC-06) as well as the Minority Staff of the U.S. House of Representatives – Committee on Science researching a wide variety of issues like economic development, environmental health, population growth/sprawl, and appropriations. Quentin holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University with a concentration in Environmental Science and Policy. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from Mercer University.

Frenika Mudd, Research Assistant
Frenika joined Social Compact in January of 2006 with experience in faith-based and grassroots community projects. She spent time at HUD’s Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives researching the results of government grants to faith and community based organizations. She has also worked on social and economic development projects in neighborhoods in Cincinnati, OH, and Philadelphia, PA. Frenika holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University.

James Walker, Technology Assistant
James joined Social Compact in March of 2010 with experience updating a large network of servers for community projects and for research facilities. James has a history of assisting the less fortunate and in his spare time is a sports enthusiast. On his spare time he likes to update his websites which includes www.ufcbetting.net an MMA betting website, www.basketballbetting.org a website to wager on basketball and www.footballbetting.net one of the leading NFL and NCAA football betting websites.

Previous to his current employment James was responsible for managing a server farm for a national webhosting company in Melbourne Australia. It was during his time here that he launched www.onlineslotsaustralia.com a slots website, www.onlinebingoaustralia.net a bingo website, and www.onlineblackjackaustralia.com a website for blackjack enthusiasts.

His last 2 websites previous to leaving the region were designed for neighboring New Zealand. Those websites are www.onlinecasinonz.co.nz and www.slots.org.nz

He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business.

Linda Solomon , Administrative Assistant
Ms. Solomon came to Social Compact in 2004 with over fifteen years experience working in the community focusing on human rights issues.  She has been instrumental in educating people regarding resources for housing, skill building, and employment through her work with S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) SE Job Center.  Ms. Solomon spent ten years with Voters For Choice and Choice USA dealing with national and international reproductive rights and women’s issues.  She has also worked with the National Women’s Law Center where she created their first resource directory.  Formerly, Ms. Solomon put her creative skills to use as a columnist, writing the “Lowe Down” for teens in the Afro-American newspaper.

Katie Reagan, Research Associate
Katie joined Social Compact in May of 2006 after serving as a technology and economic development consultant for the City of New Orleans. During her tenure with the City of New Orleans Katie oversaw the implementation of several new technologies, including GIS and other data-driven software, as tools for economic and workforce development. Katie also served as a liaison between the city and community organizations, small business development centers, non-profit agencies, and other economic development agencies in the city’s efforts at developing a holistic approach to economic development. Katie holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University where she studied the effects of economic development and tourism on low income populations in the Caribbean. She has specialized in retrieving non-traditional data and its application as economic indicators and has presented her research to professional organizations, including the International Latin American Studies Association.