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Impacting workforce DEI at Caltrans
Division of Research, Innovation and
System Information

Proud to report that the Keen Independent work for Transportation Research Board (Resource Guide for Improving Diversity and Inclusion Programs for the Public Transportation Industry, TCRP Research Report 228) was cited in Caltrans workforce diversity planning initiatives.

https://keenindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/CaltransDRISI.pdf

Monica García-Pérez, Ph.D. joins Keen Independent Research as Senior Consultant

Dr. Monica García-Pérez joins Keen Independent as an economist with experience in labor economics, immigration and health economics. Monica brings her expertise to the firm’s disparity and equity studies performing quantitative analyses.

Monica has taught economics at the School of Public Affairs St. Cloud State University and is a Research Fellow at the Roy Wilkins Center in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has published her research in economics and interdisciplinary journals such as Demography, American Economic Review, International Education Planning, Review of Black Political Economy, and Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy among others. Monica is fluent in Spanish. 

Keen Independent is a national research firm with expertise in equity research. For information about Keen Independent Research visit www.keenindependent.com or email Janine Kyritsis, Chief Listening Officer at janine.kyritsis@keenindependent.com  

Nicole Yates, Ph.D. joins Keen Independent Research as Consultant

Dr. Nicole Yates joins Keen Independent with expertise in equity, diversity and inclusion. Her experience includes quantitative and qualitative analyses supporting people of color in STEM careers. She has conducted extensive research focused on the motivation, belonging and identity of racially minoritized students taking a critical approach to established theoretical frameworks in psychology. Her employment research has expanded opportunities for historically marginalized groups.

As a former senior research analyst and applications specialist at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Nicole conducted research that informed organizational priorities. She also served as the director of membership and registration where she collected and leveraged recruitment data to increase the membership pool for NSBE.

In addition to supporting the firm’s equity research, Nicole is active in our arts and venues practice areas.
She also serves on the Executive Board of the Conundrum Theatre Company in Burbank, CA.

Keen Independent is a national research firm with expertise in equity research. For information about Keen Independent Research visit www.keenindependent.com or email Janine Kyritsis, Chief Listening Officer at janine.kyritsis@keenindependent.com

Haley Adams rejoins Keen Independent as Consultant

Haley Adams, formerly Research Assistant at Keen Independent, has rejoined the firm as a Consultant. Over the last two years, she earned her Master’s degree in GIS from Arizona State University and worked independently on GIS projects for firms in the southwest.

As a Consultant, Haley participates in disparity, DEIB, and other equity studies as well as leading GIS, mapping and survey tasks for many studies. Haley is assisting in the management of qualitative research on many of Keen Independent’s projects.

Keen Independent is a national research firm with expertise in equity research and arts and culture studies. For information about Keen Independent Research visit www.keenindependent.com or email Janine Kyritsis, Chief Listening Officer at janine.kyritsis@keenindependent.com