Welcoming two new NNIP Executive Committee members

Kinder Institute for Urban Research   (Houston)
DataWorks NC   (Durham)

January 2020

The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is pleased to announce two stellar additions to the network's elected Executive Committee - John Killeen, Executive Director of DataWorks NC in Durham, North Carolina, and Jie Wu, Director of Research Management at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University (full biographies below).  The Executive Committee is the central mechanism guiding NNIP.  Along with leadership from the Urban Institute, the six members plan partnership activities, monitor performance under the plan, and advise on ongoing activities and policies of the partnership. The four continuing members are: Caroline Bhalla (Los Angeles), John Cruz (St. Louis), Katie Pritchard (Milwaukee) and Noah Urban (Detroit). 

We also want to express our deep appreciation for the members who served through 2019 - Seema Iyer (Baltimore), Laura McKieran (San Antonio), and Bernita Smith (Atlanta).

More information on NNIP's governance is available on the NNIP website


John Killeen is an urban planner and the executive director of DataWorks NC. His work with neighborhoods and community organizations includes mapping and other data visualization related to demographics, housing, health, economic development and the intersection of these in communities. Since 2012 he has managed Durham's Neighborhood Compass, creating indicators of neighborhood change for public use. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a visiting research fellow at Duke University's Social Science Research Institute. 

Jie Wu is the director of research management at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. She leads the Houston Community Data Connections, a program aimed to facilitate the practical use of data by community leaders for decision-making and capacity building in Houston’s disadvantaged communities. Wu oversees research projects, affiliated scholars program, student engagement program and manages the Kinder Houston Area Survey, the longest-running survey of residents of a metropolitan area. She also serves on the oversight committee of the Kinder Urban Data Platform and the United Way ALICE advisory council. Recently, Wu and her team have been working on Understanding Houston, a regional indicator project that aims to highlight the needs and strengths in the greater Houston area, in partnership with the Greater Houston Community Foundation.  Wu has published a series of reports on survey findings and urban inequality issues. She is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the Community Indicators Consortium. Her research interests include public opinion, urban inequality, social mobility, workforce development and migration. She received an M.A. in Economics from Rice University.


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