Consultants

Somjen FrazerSomjen Frazer (they/them) is the founder, President and Principal Consultant at Strength In Numbers Consulting Group. They have over 15 years of experience in research, evaluation and program design for LGBT communities locally, nationally and internationally. They are the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and conference papers.

They received their Master’s Degree in Sociology from Oxford University, where they were a Rhodes Scholar, and their BA from Cornell University. They completed their PhD in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where they were a Gender, Sexuality and Health Fellowship recipient. Their methodological interests include community based participatory action research (CBPR), multi-method research designs, quasi-experimental design and multivariate statistics.
Erin HoweErin Howe (she/her) is a Principal Consultant at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. She has a background in health and human rights, with experience working with marginalized and underserved communities including Roma, people living with HIV, people living with TB and people who use drugs. She has over ten years of experience in research, government, nonprofit and philanthropic settings, including with the Open Society Foundations, Health Resources in Action, the Global TB Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and her BA from Smith College. Her areas of expertise include public health, human rights, accountability, participatory action research, community participation, capacity building and grant making. She is passionate about building social movements and quality public service provision.
“Abby”Abby El-Shafei (she/her) is a Research and Operations Associate at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. She has four years of research experience that include internships at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and a fellowship with Save the Children Egypt. Before joining Strength in Numbers, Abby served as a Research Officer at Forcier Consulting’s Middle East and North Africa Unit based in Cairo, Egypt. There she conducted program evaluations and labor market assessments in neighboring Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon. She received her M.A. in International Human Rights Law at the American University in Cairo, and her B.S. in Psychology at Stony Brook University. Her areas of interest include poverty reduction, community based participatory action research, equity, and inclusion. She is passionate about human rights and ensuring that policy is informed by evidence through quality research.
“Abby”Florentz-Gabrielle Pierre (she/her) is a Research Associate at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. She has a background in emergency management, epidemiology and health education. Before joining Strength in Numbers, Flo worked at New York University Langone Health (NYU) for eight years and taught global public health at NYU’s Science and Technology Entry Programs.  She received her Master’s in Public Health from NYU College of Global Public Health and her BA from Hunter College where she was a Robert McNair Scholar.  She is trilingual, including Creole and French. Her research experience includes topics related to risk communication, infectious diseases and health psychology.  Flo is dedicated to addressing social inequalities and health disparities by working with communities and organizations through applied research using intersectional approaches.
“Shoshana Goldberg”Shoshana Goldberg (she/her) is a Senior Research Associate at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. She has over 12 years of experience in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods public health research, and holds both an MPH, and PhD, in Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC). She also has training from the UNC Carolina Population Center and the Fenway Summer Institute for LGBT Population Health. Her areas of expertise include domestic and international social, structural, and policy/political determinants of LGBTQ+ health, adolescent health, health disparities and sexual and reproductive health. 

Before joining Strength in Numbers, she consulted for research institutes, think tanks and other consulting groups. She is also an author on many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public-facing reports, policy memos and fact sheets. Her work has been cited in U.S. Congressional bills and Supreme Court rulings, as well as by media outlets. In addition to her work with Strength in Numbers, she holds appointments at UNC and University of Illinois-Chicago, where she teaches a graduate level class on LGBTQ+ health.

Past Consultants

Kevin MontielKevin Montiel is a Junior Research Associate at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. He has a background in psychology and health, with an emphasis on working with marginalized groups, including people living with HIV/AIDS, substance users, people with serious and persistent mental illnesses and homeless populations. He received his BA with honors in Psychology and Statistics from Columbia University and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research Methods from Fordham University in August 2017. He has over six years of research, clinical and community experience, including working with the Laboratory of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind at Columbia University, the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support at Fordham University, The Bronx Health Link and AIDS Service Center NYC. His areas of expertise include health psychology, psychopathology, substance abuse, community based participatory research and case management.
Tracy PughTracy Pugh is a Special Project Partner with Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. She has over 10 years of experience in public health research and policy with a lens towards racial justice and equity. Her professional experience has included efforts to bring about a public health approach to drug policy in New York City and State, facilitate access to healthcare services for people returning home from incarceration, and support collaborations for reducing maternal mortality in New York. Tracy received her Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BA from Cornell University. She is currently working on her DrPH in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Tracy is dedicated to working with community stakeholders and integrating multi-method research in the advancement of structural change that ensures equity and wellness for our most disadvantaged populations.

Esther Baker is a Research Associate, Special Projects at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. She has a background in program evaluation and qualitative research in the education and non-profit sectors with experience in the areas of higher education, health services, youth development programming, and K-12 education. She received her Master’s Degree in Communication and her BA from Michigan State University and her MBA from the University of Iowa. Her areas of expertise include qualitative methods such as focus groups, key-informant interviews and communication audits.
Yeonjae Lee is a Research Associate at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. She has a background in K-12 education having taught eighth grade math in the Chicagoland area. She also has experience working with adult learners as a Diversity Intern at the Office of Student Affairs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her Ed.M. in Education Policy with a focus on quantitative and qualitative research methods at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her BS in Elementary Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of interest include adolescent development, community and youth based participatory action research, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Amina Khawja is a Research Associate at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group. She has over 12 years of professional experience working with nonprofits, research and international nongovernmental institutions, and local and federal governments. Her evaluation work has spanned several topics including minority health, stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV, knowledge and practices of pediatric nutritional assessment, and estimation of costs associated with measles outbreaks in NYC. She is committed to serving as a partner to socially-minded organizations in their quest to understand and continuously improve their operations, programmatic reach, and impact. She received her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Emory University, and her BA in International Relations and Community Health at Tufts University. Her areas of interest include community-based participatory research and evaluation, equity in all programs in policies, capacity-building among historically underrepresented groups, and continuous quality improvement. She is a native Spanish speaker with proficiency in Portuguese.