Census Legacies is powered by the Center for Social Innovation, UC Riverside. The effort grew out of an early demonstration project in the Inland Empire, a Southern California region of 4.6 million residents.

Team members include:

Karthick Ramakrishnan, Founder and Director
Karla Lopez del Rio, Associate Director
Paola Avendano, Government Relations
Eric Calderon, Narrative Change
Gary Rettberg, Research Manager
Beth Tamayose, Research Director
Carmen Zambrano, Researcher

Census Legacies Advisory Group

We are grateful for the strategic advice and thoughtful engagement by an incredible group of advisors, with experience in philanthropy, community development, civic engagement, and good governance.


Business associations

Daniel Frank, Ready Nation


Census & philanthropy experts

Mahvash Hassan, Philanthropy and social impact consultant

Terri Ann Lowenthal, Census expert and consultant

Chris Wagaman, California State Assembly Select Committee on the Census 


Government agencies 

California Secretary of State

Manuel Lopez del Rio, Colorado Secretary of State


Nonprofits and nonprofit coalitions 

Hillary Medina-Loveless, Leadership Conference Education Fund

Joan Naymark, Minnesotans for American Community Survey (MACS) 

Miki Noguchi, National League of Cities

Gregg Orton, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

Janeen Comenote, National Urban Indian Family Coalition

Jeri Green, National Urban League

Lycia Maddocks, NDN Collective

Lisa Hersey, Housing California

Kyra Greene, Center on Policy Initiatives

Frances Valdez, Houston in Action



Richard Thomason, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Margarita Luna, The California Endowment

Manuel J. Santamaria, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Susan Racher, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation


Philanthropy-serving organizations

Jocelyn Bissonnette, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

Ankita Patel, Philanthropy Northwest

Maggie Osborn, Maryland Philanthropy Network 

Ashley Dietz, Florida Philanthropic Network 

Katina Mortensen, Minnesota Council on Foundations

May Yang, Minnesota Council on Foundations