She received her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her BA from Cornell University. She is finishing her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she was a Gender, Sexuality and Health Fellowship recipient. Her methodological interests include community based participatory action research (CBPR), multi-method research designs, quasi-experimental design and multivariate statistics.
Somjen Frazer is the founder, President and Principal Consultant at Strength In Numbers Consulting Group. She has over 15 years of experience in research, evaluation and program design for LGBT communities locally, nationally and internationally. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and conference papers.
Erin Howe 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.
Kevin 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.
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.
Tracy 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.