Hellos and Goodbyes

This summer has brought lots of change to PPL. We've taken on new staff, developed new and improved services for millions of New Yorkers, and hosted (vaccinated) partners and colleagues at our newly re-opened roof deck! Scroll down to join us in welcoming our staff additions and in sending off our beloved Erika Lindsey. 

 Welcome New Fellows

The Public Policy Lab has always been a community fueled by talented multidisciplinary professionals. Meet the remarkable new people who've joined our team!

Amanda Herrera Tommasino,
Senior Design Research Fellow 

Amanda is a social scientist and educator with expertise on the role of culture in cognition. She collaborates with communities to conduct human-centered research design via ethnography, clinical interviews, content analysis, case studies, participatory design methodologies, and intercultural pedagogy. Amanda is also the director of education and a co-founder of Pana Projects, an arts and education initiative focused on strengthening Caribbean unity among artists, cultural practitioners, and youth across languages and cultures.

A proud native of Harlem, NY, Amanda is an alumna of New York City public schools. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northwestern University where she completed an M.S. in that subject; she also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University.
Seongkyul Park,
Senior Design Research Fellow

Seong enters the service design field after 8+ years of designing learning solutions and managing workplace skills development programs within international, educational, and social enterprise contexts. Seong has also provided direct service and organizational development support to urban communities navigating the immigration, welfare, food systems, and justice sectors here in the US; and is an ethnographer and cultural anthropologist by training.

She is passionate about building deep relational empathy, systems efficiencies, and cross-community partnerships to co-create more just societies. She continues to advise and facilitate community-led initiatives in the US and Myanmar, including for faith-based racial justice dialogues and emergency education alternatives.

 Welcome New Staff

We're excited to announce that PPL fellow Antonia Yunge, PPL associate Cesay Camara, and PPL intern Nia Holton-Raphael are joining us as full-time staff. Antonia is joining as our newest designer while Cesay and Nia will be our design-research associates.

Goodbye & Good Luck!
With teary eyes, we're saying goodbye to Erika Lindsey, PPL's senior design-research lead. Erika will be joining the Lab at OPM, taking her human research and service design skills to the federal government. Join us in wishing her well!

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