Transitions on our Renowned Research Team

///Transitions on our Renowned Research Team

For nearly 15 years, Dr. Frances Deviney has been one of CPPP’s most talented data mavens and leaders. As our long-time research director and as our Chief Operating Officer for the past few years, it is with heartfelt appreciation that we share the news that Frances has recently left CPPP. She’s taking some much-deserved time to focus on herself and her family, and to plan the next stage of her career.

Since long before I joined CPPP, Frances was doing amazing work as the Kids Count Project Director. Frances oversaw and published countless, impeccable and impactful research projects during her 14 years at CPPP, including developing the Family Budgets tool. As Associate Director and COO, she helped shift our organizational culture toward data-driven advocacy, deepen our commitment to racial equity, and develop our ambitious 2021 Strategic Plan. Frances modernized our work planning process and helped us build a strong culture of learning and evaluation.

We had some fun celebrating Frances in her last week, as you can see in the pictures below!

Transitions are inevitable at a hub that has been cranking out policy analysis and solutions for nearly 35 years, and as Frances departs we are excited to welcome a fresh face to the team.

Continuing our trend of bringing in outstanding researchers, Amy Knop-Narbutis recently joined the CPPP family. A talented senior research analyst with a Masters in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, Amy brings a decade of experience as a researcher with strong skills in project management and data analysis. Learn more about Amy and the rest of our amazing staff.

Amy will be managing the Kids Count Data Center, leading our local and regional data projects for clients, and supporting our internal and external partners in accurately interpreting data sources in order to advance economic opportunity and wellness for all Texans.

Our research team also includes rock-star State Priorities Partnership Fellow Cassie Davis and intern Cindy Ji.

The credibility of our data and analysis is unmatched, and our policy experts are in high demand for their perspectives. We will continue to offer data-driven policy solutions, insights and tools to help Texas leaders and advocates make decisions about public policy.

We are an organization made up of people who know and people who care. There will always be transitions, but this much is clear: we are deeply committed to data and research, and to our faith that public policy changes lives.

Stay tuned for more updates as we prepare for a blockbuster 2020.

A renowned social justice lawyer, former philanthropy executive, and frequent public speaker and writer, Ann Beeson joined the Center in 2013. She was previously the Executive Director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, where she promoted human rights, justice, and accountability nationwide. Beeson was the national Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she worked from 1995-2007. She argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, litigated numerous cases around the country, and launched groundbreaking programs to stop the erosion of civil liberties in the name of national security and to protect free speech and privacy on the Internet. Beeson has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers by American Lawyer Magazine and the National Law Journal. A proud Texan, Beeson has embraced a wide range of innovative strategies to advance social change. Before joining the Center, she launched a new non-profit to involve the creative sector in social change. In 2012-13, she was a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas, where she co-produced a public media series to inspire more people to get engaged in their communities. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas. Beeson obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, then chief judge of the Northern District of Texas.