Team

JESSE MARGOLIS, PHD

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Jesse co-founded MarGrady Research to apply what he learned over 15 years as a business consultant, school district manager, and academic researcher to improving the lives of students. Prior to founding MarGrady Research, Jesse was a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, researching education policy and teaching statistics and econometrics. He worked previously at the New York City Department of Education as a policy analyst and manager in the Office of Accountability, the Office of Student Enrollment, and the Office of New Schools. Jesse also spent three years as a management consultant at The Parthenon Group and three years working with school districts in Santiago, Chile, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, a master’s in Economics from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the City University of New York.

SHANNON O’GRADY

Co-founder and Partner

Shannon co-founded MarGrady Research to help bridge the gap between central office policy decisions and the reality of classroom teaching. Prior to founding MarGrady Research, Shannon worked as an independent consultant, developing interactive curriculum units for a major education publisher. Shannon also spent seven years as an English teacher with the New York City Department of Education, working at both the middle and high school level in the Bronx and Brooklyn. In addition to teaching, Shannon has coached other teachers on planning, literacy, and Regents preparation. She has a bachelor’s in English from Yale University and a master’s in teaching from Brown University.

DANIEL DENCH

Analyst

Daniel is a part-time analyst at MarGrady Research, where he focuses on data programming, data analysis, and research. Prior to MarGrady Research, he worked at RTI International for 3 years on projects related to substance related harm and tobacco control. In addition to his work at MarGrady, he now works at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) as a research assistant on projects related to substance abuse, wage discrimination, and higher education. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Temple University and is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing on the fields of labor and health economics. He has taught courses at Queens College on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics

JILL KAHANE

Analyst

Jill is a part-time analyst at MarGrady Research, where her work focuses on data management and dashboard development. Her background includes six years at UP Education Network in Massachusetts, first as a founding school operations team member and then as the network’s data analyst, where she collaborated with teachers and school leaders to develop data tools and dashboards. Prior to UP, she spent two years working at a high school in Boston as a member of the Match Corps. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Duke University and is currently a Graduate Student-at-Large at the University of Chicago.