Abt staff were recognized for outstanding work at the company’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Cambridge, Mass., with awards for social and scientific impact and technical innovation, among others.
“We are proud to celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of our staff, who have made major contributions to the fields in which we work and exemplify our culture of knowledge sharing,” said Abt Associates President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan.
Outstanding Scientific Impact Award
Heather Forth, Jamie Holmes, Russell Jones, Michelle Krasnec, Claire R. Lay, Ian Lipton, Andrew McFadden, Jeffrey Morris, Matt Rissing, Constance L. Travers
For producing substantial, original scientific knowledge on how oil affects marine life and creating the methods and data to inform the government’s multibillion dollar settlement with BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Clark Abt Prize for Outstanding Social Impact
Mary Joel Holin, Jill Khadduri, Larry Buron, Alvaro Cortes, Meghan Henry
For enhancing the quality and capacity of local homelessness programs across the U.S. through the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) project, which, for the first time in U.S. history, collected reliable data to estimate homelessness in the U.S. This data has provided evidence to inform major policy initiatives, such as the emphasis on permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people, and is enabling local homeless providers to improve program operations. Also, at the federal level, AHAR contributed to the 47 percent decrease in homelessness among veterans from 2010 to 2016. AHAR served as the initial vehicle for cooperation between HUD and the VA, which led to coordination of policy and resources at both the federal and local levels.
Technical Innovation Award
Nimmi Damodaran, Joe Donahue, Santiago Enriquez, Benjamin Matek, Michelle Graff, Liz Mettetal, Christina Waldron, Nadia Scharen-Guivel, Alexis St. Juliana, Christine Teter, Jon Saunders, Claire Zarakas
For creating a data-driven decision support package enabling planners in more than 40 cities worldwide to justify, finance and implement better solid waste programs.