Our Staff

PRINCIPALS

Karla Raines

KARLA RAINES

Principal and CEO

Karla Raines is a strategic advisor to executives of social purpose organizations. Her reputation speaks to her ability to reveal an organization’s true values and distinction through empathetic listening. Karla brings an iterative design–thinking approach to strategy and planning, allowing her to develop original insights for clients.

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Kevin Raines

KEVIN RAINES

Principal

Kevin was the guy who turned the lights on at Corona. After a five-year career as an aircraft designer understanding physics, and another six years as an economic researcher understanding dollars, he decided to pursue the hardest thing of all to understand: people. He founded Corona in 1999, and the lights have been on ever since.

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David Kennedy

DAVID KENNEDY

Principal

David is our in-house James Bond.  He’s flown jets, scaled frozen waterfalls, and likes to mix a good cocktail.  So, it’s no surprise that David wears multiple hats in his professional role as well.  In addition to providing expertise in market research and marketing insights to our clients, he also serves as Corona’s internal marketing manager.

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Beth Mulligan

BETH MULLIGAN, PhD

Principal

Beth is a cognitive psychologist by training, and brings to her work a deep knowledge of human thinking and behavior, and an intuitive understanding of how to turn that information into numbers that organizations can use. She is also passionate about helping community organizations thrive, and she is committed to helping them make the most of their resources through data-informed decision making.

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Matt Herndon

MATT HERNDON

Principal

Matt is especially skilled at uncovering insights in data that might not be obvious at first glance and helping customers to pull off complex projects quickly and efficiently. He has a passion for helping customers to make data-driven decisions and loves seeing customers tackle difficult issues with confidence based on the insights gained through research.

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DIRECTORS

Matt Bruce

MATT BRUCE

Director

Matt is passionate about using critical thinking and creative problem solving to help organizations find data-driven solutions to their problems. His experience working across government, non-profit, and education sectors allows him to understand our customers’ opportunities, constraints, and unique point-of-view.

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Kate Darwent

KATE DARWENT, PhD

Director

Kate’s background is in studying human thought and behavior. Her graduate training provided a strong foundation in research design and data analysis. In addition to her love of data, she also developed a love of teaching others about the power of using research to answer questions.

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ASSOCIATES

MOLLY HAGAN

Associate

With a background in anthropology, Molly has an innate curiosity in understanding the human experience. Building off of her academic training in qualitative research and analysis, she has a passion for sifting through data to uncover subtle links and patterns that lead to deeper insights.

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ANDREW STREIGHT

Associate

Tying together several seemingly disconnected disciplines, Andrew is naturally drawn towards understanding what drives people to make the decisions they do. Building on his professional involvement with the process of strategic planning and his unique academic perspective, he aims to support organizations in identifying problems and imagining solutions.

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JIM PRIPUSICH, PhD

Associate

Jim is passionate about explaining the causes of human attitudes and behaviors in addition to the consequences of policy and institutional change. As a political scientist by training, he has expertise in thinking creatively about answering complex research questions with quantitative and qualitative data.

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ADMINISTRATIVE

JAMIE BLAIR

Office Coordinator

Jamie’s career so far has consisted of creating order from chaos, sorting out the logistics that turn plans into action, and making sure financial wheels get greased (so to speak). Her detail-oriented nature is a good complement to that of big-picture thinkers.

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