The Data Center’s Dr. Plyer To Step Down As Executive Director June 2017

Dr. Allison Plyer

NEW ORLEANS – The Data Center announced today Dr. Allison Plyer, BA, MBA, ScD, Executive Director and Chief Demographer, will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director of The Data Center effective June 30, 2017 in order to pursue new challenges.

         A selection committee, led by Vice Chair Keith Crawford, has been formed to oversee the search for a new Executive Director. The selection committee aims to have a new Executive Director in place by spring in order to ensure a smooth transition. Starting July 2017, Dr. Plyer will continue to serve as a key content expert and author key publications for The Data Center, while she branches out to tackle new challenges.

         “Thanks to Allison, The Data Center has an assemblage of top notch professionals,” Reginald Harley, Board Chair, said.

         “She has laid a strong foundation for our exciting tomorrows,” Keisha Smith, Production Manager, said. “We at The Data Center are grateful for Allison’s professional ethics, the academic rigor upon which she insists, and her deep understanding of data and its importance as an equalizer. She has always emphasized the importance of putting community first and focusing our efforts on impact.”

         “It has been my honor to work with a long line of amazing professionals at The Data Center—publishing reports that provide solid evidence of New Orleans’ accomplishments, remaining challenges, and possible futures,” Dr. Plyer said. “Everything we do at The Data Center is a team effort, and the current staff of professionals is ideally poised for growth and expansion.”

         Dr. Plyer joined The Data Center (then known as the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center or GNOCDC) in 2001. Before Katrina, she supplied essential audience insights that informed GNOCDC’s neighborhood indicators web site, which became renowned for its usefulness to local nonprofits and community groups. After Katrina, Dr. Plyer began co-authoring The New Orleans Index, developed in partnership with the Brookings Institution, to track the recovery of the city. Dr. Plyer assumed the role of Executive Director in 2013, recruiting and training new staff, and collaborating with scholars from universities across the city to execute important new publications, including The New Orleans Index at Ten Collection and The Coastal Index.

         “Dr. Plyer and her team have helped shed light on Louisiana’s most pressing water management issues and, through The Coastal Index, inform the economic opportunities inherent in the solutions that allow Louisiana to better ‘live with water,’” Kristin Tracz, Gulf of Mexico Program Officer of The Walton Family Foundation, said. “The data provided through the Center’s research helps inform the thinking of citizens and decision-makers across the region.”

         Data Center reps said a recent independent evaluation found that The Data Center’s reports have been essential to settling debates and creating a common understanding in an uncertain environment, have informed national and state recovery policies by enabling decision-makers to set priorities and develop strategies, and drove millions of dollars of investment, both public and private, to the region.

         “When we all come together for a strategic and purposeful mission, change happens,” Jennifer Roberts, Vice President of Education Grants at Baptist Community Ministries, said. “Under the leadership and direction of Dr. Plyer, The Data Center has proven to be a valued and neutral partner, helping drive data-driven conversations about the well-being of our community and a myriad of potential investments. We congratulate Dr. Plyer and the Center on these accomplishments and look forward to ensuring that The Data Center remains a visible, reliable partner of our community's changemakers.”

         The Selection Committee will begin a formal application process to select a successor in early January 2017.

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