Ellen Marya

Research Associate

Ellen is a public policy researcher with expertise in housing affordability and community development, along with broad knowledge of asset-based strategies for poverty alleviation, early education and care, and adult and post-secondary education. She offers extensive experience across public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors managing complex projects, working with diverse partners, and advancing community building efforts. She is a quantitative and qualitative researcher skilled at various statistical and data analysis methods, including synthesis of large datasets and modeling using SAS and Stata, data visualization, GIS mapping, as well as conducting literature reviews, interviews, and surveys.

Her experience prior to joining Harder+Company includes working as an analyst at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University; assisting with a housing needs assessment for the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville, MA; evaluating educational quality and access initiatives across the lifespan for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation; and serving in various roles managing volunteers, construction projects, and data for Habitat for Humanity. Along with her husband, also a Massachusetts native, Ellen enjoys exploring the beaches, parks, and restaurants of her new Southern California surroundings, and spending time with her dog Ghost.

Education
  • Master of Public Policy , Brandeis University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Economics, Northwestern University
Areas of Expertise
  • Community Development
  • Homelessness/Housing
  • Philanthropy
  • Public Policy