Emily Kelly

Director of Operations and Culture Czar

As Director of Operations and Culture Czar, Emily oversees all day-to-day operations of AnLar from onboarding and employee benefits to contract start up, subcontractor management, finance, IT systems, and everything in between. Emily also focuses on aligning operations and processes with AnLar’s culture and core values, helping to ensure that every AnLarian experiences the principles on which AnLar was founded.

Emily started her career in education research and evaluation, first at the Institute for Higher Education Policy and then at AnLar, before her passion for efficient processes and organization, organizational psychology, creative problem solving, and well-being in the workplace quickly took over and led her to operations. She hasn’t strayed completely away from her research roots, though, and she is currently developing a research report using data from NCES’ High School Longitudinal Study on young adults’ expectations about educational attainment, employment, and earnings. The report also includes analyses on how important young adults rate certain job aspects like contributing to society, working on a team, and job security, among others. She earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education at the University of Maryland and holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Iowa.

In her free time, Emily can be found teaching at her favorite yoga studio, ‘mockin in Meridian Hill Park, or savoring a hot cup of green tea in the morning (it’s the little things in life). She also enjoys anything and everything Tim Ferriss, reading, and spending time in nature with her puppy, Kona.

Our Team

Aaron Petrillo
Director of Federal Initiatives
Amanda Davis
Project Manager
Amy Nicholas
Senior Project Director & Technical Assistance Specialist
Angelique Williams
Technical Assistance & Data Management Analyst
Anthony Garofano
Chief Creative Officer
Ashley Garrison
Accounting Specialist
Audrey Ward
Audrey Ward
Project Manager
Becki Stenger
Communications Designer
Casey Archer
Research Analyst
Cat Warner-Griffin
Senior Research Scientist
Corin Collier
Program Analyst
Dina Shehata
Technical Assistance Team Coordinator and Project Manager
Emily Bytheway
Quality Analyst
Emily Kelly
Director of Operations and Culture Czar
Gary Harmon
Senior Project Director, Special Education Content & Data Expert
Jessica Carroll
Help Desk Support Specialist
John Babb
Senior Developer
Juliet Namazzi
Helpdesk Support Specialist
Kate Grannemann
Project Manager & Technical Assistance Specialist
Kathi Gillaspy
Director of Technical Assistance
Kimberly Mitman
Senior Technical Lead & Senior Database Architect
Laura Holian
Director of Research
Lindsay Dusard
Program Associate
Mia Leland
Senior Program Analyst
Michelle Bloom
Program Analyst
Monica Yudron
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist & Research Scientist
Pearson Barlow
Senior Technical Lead
Rosemary Collins
Senior Program Analyst
Sarah Geldart
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Sarah Criscuolo
Project Manager
Tara Adam
Tara Adam
Research Associate
Tate Gould
Tiffanie Owens
Director of Data Systems and Support
Tikesha Cephas
Finance and Operations Specialist