CIC’s Board of Directors is elected annually by the members of CIC. Board members’ strong leadership and commitment is key to the success of the organization. Click on a name to get biographical information.

We welcome suggestions for new board members — anyone interested in joining the board or nominating a colleague for the board should email us, c/o Nominating Committee, with suggestion. The next opportunity to join the board will be for 2018.

CIC Board of Directors

Managing Partner of the APM Research Lab, a division of American Public Media Group, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Craig Helmstetter, PhD, is Managing Partner of the APM Research Lab, a division of American Public Media Group in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The APM Research Lab helps inform journalists, civic and business leaders, and others who want to know what the best data and the best research has to say about the challenges and opportunities facing families, communities, and organizations throughout the nation.

Prior to APM, Craig was a Senior Research Manager at Wilder Research, where he was project director of the award-winning Minnesota Compass indicators project. He has also worked as a program evaluator for Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor, a project manager for a survey research center, an intake worker at a homeless shelter, and has taught university-level seminars on quantitative research methods and homelessness. Craig holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Oregon.

Frank Ridzi is Vice President for Community Investment at the Central New York Community Foundation, Associate Professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College and President of the Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. Frank has conducted research and written in the areas of literacy coalitions, sociology of work, and student affairs. His writings have appeared in such places as the Foundation Review, the Journal of Applied Social Sciences, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, and Review of Policy Research.

Frank oversees and monitors the grantmaking process and conducts research on issues or concerns of importance to the community.

Frank holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. He also carries a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as Director for the Center of Urban and Regional Applied Research at Le Moyne College, where he still serves as Associate Professor of Sociology.

CIW Project Manager Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. University of Waterloo, Ontario – Canada

Linda McKessock is Project Manager of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW). She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies. Her long and varied career has provided a depth of experience in the the public sector in both provincial and federal environment agencies; private sector in consulting and as a business owner; and more recently, in the not-for-profit sector at the Foundation where the CIW was incubated.

As a member of the CIW Leadership Team, Linda was instrumental in the successful transitioning of the CIW from a Foundation to a research-intensive University in 2011. Her interest is in connecting people and wellbeing initiatives for broader impact.

Data & Analytics Director, City of Charlotte

Rebecca Hefner leads the City of Charlotte’s Office of Data & Analytics, an initiative to drive excellence citywide through collaborative problem-solving based on data, information, and evidence. Her office works to increase access to relevant, high-quality data and build capacity and skills for using those data to improve services, inform decisions, and solve problems. Working with City staff, nonprofits, community partners, and neighborhood leaders, she makes data and information easier to find, easier to understand, and easier to use. Her office maintains the Quality of Life Explorer, a tool that tracks neighborhood-level indicators of community character and wellbeing.

Rebecca’s professional interests include understanding the systems and structures that shape our communities; using data to promote racial equity, social inclusion and economic justice; and engaging and empowering residents to create positive community change. She is actively involved in Charlotte’s membership with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, and the National Neighborhood Indicators Project.

Prior to joining the City of Charlotte, Rebecca worked as the Senior Researcher at the Council for Children’s Rights. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bachelor of Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Queens University Charlotte.

Executive Director Capitol Region Council of Governments. Hartford, CT – USA

Lyle Wray, PhD, serves as a Resource Consultant for the Results That Matter Team and is Executive Director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford, Connecticut. For over 25 years, his work has emphasized measuring and improving public services and engaging citizens. He was Dakota County (MN) Administrator after serving as Director of Human Services, the department responsible for public health. Dr. Wray was a court monitor for institutional reforms and deinstitutionalization for persons with developmental disabilities in Minnesota. He headed developmental disabilities services in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as outcomes measurement in the Minnesota Human Services Department.

Dr. Wray was Executive Director of the Citizens League in Minnesota when he teamed with Paul Epstein not only to co-lead Sloan Foundation-funded research that led to the Effective Community Governance (ECG) Model but also to co- author the related book, Results That Matter (Jossey-Bass, 2006). ECG and Community Balanced Scorecards, which Dr. Wray also helped to develop, bring a new strategic community focus to public health QI. He teaches graduate courses in service outcomes, e-government, and public service reform. He has a BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Manitoba.

Truckee Meadows Tomorrow Management Firm (past executive director). Reno, NV – USA

Karen L. Hruby, PhD acts as the management firm, and is the past Executive Director, of Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT), known for its nonprofit, grassroots approach to quality of life measurement and improvement in northern Nevada. TMT was recognized with the first Community Indicators Consortium Innovation Award in 2005, sponsored by the Brookings Institution Urban Markets Initiative, for its innovative engagement approach to identify indicators, measure and report trends, recognize positive outcomes through a community-wide

Accentuate the Positive celebration, and for community capacity-building through collaborative compacts. Karen also provides a range of nonprofit planning, management and research consulting services for organizations undergoing change. Prior to establishing her consulting firm in 1994, she held several executive-level positions in the utility industry and has been on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a PhD in Economic Education/Consumer Economics and sits on the board of several nonprofits, with annual operating budgets over $75 million.

Senior Research Fellow within the Healthy Liveable Cities Unit and Centre for Urban Design at RMIT University – Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)

Dr Melanie Davern interests and passion are in policy focused research with specific expertise in the development and application of population based indicators of wellbeing at the community level (community indicators) and the individual level (subjective wellbeing) within Australia and internationally.

She has extensive expertise in the development and construction of community wellbeing indicators, worked closely with a range of government and community partners and is passionate about using data as a catalyst for action.

Melanie was formally the Director of Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) at the McCaughey VicHealth Unit of Community Wellbeing, which is located within the Centre for Health Equity, School of Population & Global Health at the University of Melbourne.


Janice Hamilton Outtz is an independent policy research consultant and President of Hamilton Outtz Consultants, a demographic and survey research firm. She was employed with the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 2000, first as a full-time consultant and beginning in 2006 as a Senior Associate. Most recently, before re-establishing Hamilton Outtz Consultants, she was the Chief Administrative Officer with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Areas of expertise are in data collection, particularly using federal and state data sources, Results-Based Accountability, designing and administering questionnaires for surveys, demographic analyzes, and evaluation. She has considerable experience helping non-profit organizations with strategic planning; establishing partnerships; and collecting and using data for decision making and community capacity building.

Shell Center for Sustainability, Rice University. Houston, TX – USA

Dr. Lester King specializes in sustainable development planning and the development of context sensitive solutions for urban development. He is a certified and skilled planner with experience in community development; master planning, transportation planning, and sustainability planning.

He has had experience with developing consensus building techniques for public participation/ community involvement support for the identification and delineation of planning objectives; and facilitation of stakeholder meetings for federal, state, and municipal projects. He has conducted extensive research on developing sustainability indicators and contributed to several local, national and international efforts to develop sustainability planning systems.

Kien S. Lee, Ph.D., Principal Associate & Vice President, Community Science, provides research, evaluation, and technical assistance support to initiatives that address the needs of underserved populations.  Dr. Lee is committed to developing the capacity of community organizations and community leaders to become more informed consumers of data. She has led a national initiative funded by the Office of Minority Health to test a framework to develop community collaboration around the use and sharing of data to inform strategies to end health disparities and a guide to help community-based organizations use and compile social determinants of health data to tell the story of their needs and proposed solutions.   She is developing a handbook to teach community organizations how to be better informed consumers of evaluation and data. She also has published and presented about working in racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities. Dr. Lee is recipient of the 2013 award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology.

Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP

Rhonda’s research and outreach efforts focus on quality of life and well-being in community and economic development. At Purdue, she serves as Dean of the Honors College, and a Professor in the Agricultural Economics Department. Honors include being awarded three times as a Fulbright Scholar – as the 2006 UK Ulster Policy Fellow Fulbright Scholar in Northern Ireland, a 2012 Fulbright Senior Specialist to Panama, and most recently a 2015-2016 specialist again to Panama. Rhonda is author or editor of 21 books, including Growing Livelihoods: Local Food Systems and Community Development; Sustainable Communities, Creating a Durable Local Economy; Community Development Indicators Measuring Systems; and Introduction to Community Development. She is editor of the series Community Quality of Life and Well-Being published by Springer in partnership with the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.  Formerly a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability, Rhonda served as associate dean of Barrett, the Honors College, a professor with the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University, and founding Director of the University of Florida’s Center for Building Better Communities. She was recently inducted into the College of Fellows, American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), and degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Christa Rust is a Program Manager for Reclay StewardEdge Inc. in Manitoba, Canada. Christa holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management and an Undergraduate Degree in Recreation Studies, both from the University of Manitoba, bringing significant work experience in the field of environment and sustainability to the table, including a mix of skills and experience working with minority groups, industry and government in challenging environments and situations. She has worked on projects to assess the impact on local environments due to habitat and climate change, bringing together stakeholders with different interests and working towards showing the benefits for each group to ensure a mutually satisfactory outcome. Her strong work ethic, indicator and management skills make her well suited for the job of managing the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association program for Manitoba and guiding her team to achieve the target of recovering 75 per cent of beverage containers sold in Manitoba. Her passion for the environment comes from her love of the outdoors and her own desire to ensure that she leaves a positive legacy for her young daughter.

Project Manager, Australian National Development Index; Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria (Australia).

He is a Project Manager of the Australian National Development Index Limited (ANDI); a member of the Expert Reference Group for the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ project ‘Measures of Australia’s Progress’; and the Steering Committee for Community Indicators Victoria. He has been a long term participant and adviser in the OECD Global Project ‘Measuring the Progress of Societies’.

Formerly a community lawyer and political adviser, Mike has worked extensively over 30 years in the measurement of progress and wellbeing; democracy, social justice and human rights; community engagement and development; and strategic public policy. His work has included research, writing, broadcasting, teaching, policy and strategic development and community organisation with bodies including: the UN, the government of Vietnam, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, the Australian Parliament, the Australian Prime Minister’s Department , Australian State and local governments, Australian Trade Unions and Councils of Social Service.

Wikiprogress, OECD. Paris – France

Katherine (Kate) Scrivens has 11 years’ experience at the OECD, working in the Public Affairs and Communications directorate as a campaign manager, and since 2008 in the Statistics Directorate as a researcher working on issues of progress and well-being. She is closely involved in the OECD’s work supporting ‘beyond GDP’ statistics, first through the Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, and in the last three years as a member of the Better Life Initiative research team, where she has written papers on societal progress indicators, vulnerability and resilience, the measurement of social capital, as well as contributing chapters to the flagship ‘How’s Life?’ publication. Kate is responsible for managing the team working on Wikiprogress and the associated Web-COSI deliverables.

Sarah Treuhaft is Senior Director at PoliciyLink where she coordinates the organization’s work on demographic change and the economy, collaborating with local and national partners on research and action projects that aim to build a more equitable economy. She oversees the All-In Cities initiative, which equips city officials, community advocates, and other civic leaders with policy ideas, data, and hands-on assistance to advance racial economic inclusion and equitable growth. She also manages the research partnership between PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California, which provides community leaders with data and analysis to make the case that equity is both a moral imperative and the key to sustainable economic prosperity. The PolicyLink/PERE partnership maintains the National Equity Atlas data and policy tool. She holds master’s degrees in city planning and international and area studies from the University of California, Berkeley.