Mission & Purpose Staff Senior Scholars Advisory Board Employment Affiliates


  • Margaret Cahalan, Ph.D. — Vice President, Research

    Margaret W. Cahalan officially joined the Pell Institute staff as Senior Research Scientist. As the former Team Leader for the Secondary Postsecondary Cross Cutting Team for the Policy and Program Studies Services within the Office of Planning Evaluation and Policy Development at the United States Department of Education, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the development of the Go College data tool for the I3 initiative. Prior to working at the U.S. Department of Education, Margaret was a contractor and served as the project director for the national evaluation on Student Support Services and the national evaluation for Talent Search. Margaret received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

  • Mika Yamashita — Senior Researcher and Data Analyst

  • Khadish Franklin — Researcher and Data Analyst

  • Brittany Ross — Research and Program Assistant