Our Team 2018-08-02T17:28:49+00:00

C. Nicole Mason, PhD Executive Director

C. Nicole MasonC. Nicole Mason, PhD is the Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest (CR2PI) and an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.  For the last 15 years, Nicole’s work has focused on issues related economic security and poverty; women’s issues and entitlement reforms; policy formation and political participation among women, communities of color and youth; and racial equity.  Her writing and commentary has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, POLITICO, RealClear Politics, the Wall Street Journal, the Nation, the Progressive, among other media outlets.

A highly sought-after speaker, Nicole has spoken nationally on economic security and poverty; Intersectionality and racial equity; American politics and policy; voting patterns of Women, Youth and African-Americans; and immigration, leadership development. She has also appeared as guest speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus, the Center for American Progress, the Essence Musical Festival Empowerment Series in New Orleans and on college campuses across the country campuses including Vassar, Vanderbilt University, USC, NYU, Howard University, Bennett College, and at conferences focusing on topics of race, class, gender, and politics.

Nicole is the most recent Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public service, the nation’s only research and policy center focused on women of color at a nationally ranked school of public administration. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the National Council for Research on Women and a member of the Ms. Magazine Committee of Scholars.

Her forthcoming book, Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Struggle from
Nothing to Something in America is due out Summer 2016 by St. Martin’s
Press. To learn more or to pre-order the book, visit Amazon.com.


Diana Salas, MPA, Study Director

Diana Salas Coronado is currently a doctoral candidate at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research focuses on gender, immigration, poverty, and racial/ethnic inequality. Diana previously served as Associate Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University where she worked to bridge research and advocacy to create informed public policies. As a former organizer, she recognizes the disconnect between those most impacted by policy and their participation in the policy process and debates. She currently serves on the board of Cidadao Global and sits on the leadership team of the Feminist Task Force of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) as well as the Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE). Diana holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University, and Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College.

Matt Graham, Policy Associate.

Matt Graham is a policy researcher and activist working at the intersections of systemic racism and sexism. Prior to joining CR2PI,  Matt wrote reports on primary and higher education, housing, and economic supports. Matt earned an Masters of Public Administration from New York University, and Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Pomona College.

K. Bowser, Communications and Design Consultant

K. Bowser is a seasoned communications and design professional with over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector.