Valerie Dao is Portfolio Director for A Better Chicago where she manages a portfolio of grantee relationships and identifies new investment opportunities for A Better Chicago. In her role as an Associate at Mission Measurement, Valerie Dao supported primary and secondary research and model development for an array of nonprofit and philanthropic clients. Before joining Mission Measurement, Dao served as the Project Coordinator for Nobel Laureate James Heckman's Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group, a project of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
Dan A. Black is a professor at the Harris School and a Senior Fellow at the National Opinion Research Center. He currently serves as the principal investigator for the 1997 Cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, is co-project director (with Bob Michael) of the NLSY program at NORC, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, and the Journal of Urban Economics.