Ed Doody, Executive Director

Ed Doody is committed to facilitating career exploration and college access for young people. For the past 10 years, he has initiated collaborative research among non-profit organizations, focusing on youth development, higher education, and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Prior to his experience in the non-profit sector, Mr. Doody garnered 35 years of expertise in international and growth leadership, including professional positions at the QuanStar Group, a nationally known strategic management firm, and The Expo Group, where he organized global interactive conferences while serving as Executive Vice President of Conference & Exhibition Management.  He also acted as Senior Vice President of PGI, a full-service event and communications agency, where he managed a team of employees and independent contractors to manage events worldwide. Mr. Doody was employed with Robert Bosch GmbH at their corporate headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was trained in international management.

He received his education at St. Mary’s University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and at the University of Chicago’s MBA program.

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Michael K. Conn, Ph.D, Senior Vice President, Research

Michael K. Conn, Ph.D. has dedicated his career to work that benefits youth through research. He has extensive experience in creative research and survey design, program evaluation, outcomes measurement, and leadership for non-profit organizations. Prior to joining ERCA, he was Vice President, Research, at Girl Scouts of the USA in New York City and was an independent Research Consultant. In 2000, he founded and led the Girl Scout Research Institute, which has made a significant impact on the organization’s program development, advocacy and public awareness. Dr. Conn served on the research staff at Columbia University, and also has taught at Rutgers University. He was Co-Chair of the National Collaboration for Youth Research Group (2008-2013) promoting partnerships and information sharing among more than 50 national youth development organizations serving millions of young people, and is currently co-leading the Positive Youth Development Research & Evaluation group on LinkedIn (2014 – present).  He is also on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Youth Development (2010-2013; 2014 -2016 terms), and serves on the America’s Promise Research Council.

Dr. Conn earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center; he also holds MPhil and MA degrees in Psychology from CUNY, and an MS in Applied Behavioral Science/Psychology from Virginia Tech. He earned his BA in Psychology and Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook.

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