Lynn Chong

Lynn provides research and analytical support to projects ranging from equitable economic development to transit-oriented development.


Prior to joining HR&A, Lynn worked at CREC where she conducted comparative research on statewide business incentive programs and helped facilitate a regional economic development planning workshop for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She also served in the City of Philadelphia, contributing to their first nighttime economy plan as well as their complete streets projects. In addition to economic development, Lynn has worked in urban design and park/public space planning at Interface Studio.

Lynn holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Public Policy and Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Mackenna Caughron

Mackenna drives HR&A’s approach to business development by integrating operational and analytical frameworks that build, measure, and expand the company’s pipeline of new work while spearheading strategic initiatives that expand our impact, such as Growth Areas.


Prior to joining HR&A, Mackenna worked as a Sr. Project Manager for the Walt Disney Company Studios. In this role as a project manager, Mackenna combined tactical execution, process improvement, and enterprise-wide alignment to increase team throughput and quantify impact. She also worked as a strategy, management, and technology consultant for Point B and PricewaterhouseCoopers. During her consulting career, she delivered multi-faceted analysis across a breadth of industries including: non-profits, media & entertainment, retail, financial services, manufacturing, and healthcare. Mackenna sold consulting services, led account relations, and codified selling behaviors for customers in the New York metropolitan area.

In addition to her consulting work, Mackenna served on a team of resource managers, where she partnered with sales leadership to prioritize inbound opportunities with available talent. Mackenna sits as a co-chair of The Bowery Mission’s Associate Board. She is responsible for fundraising, member relations, external engagement, and contribution measurement.

Mackenna holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems and Labor Management Relations from McGill University. She is human-centered design certified from the Luma Institute. Part time, Mackenna pursues her Master of Urban Planning at New York University.

Ryan Canavan

Ryan harnesses data through analysis and visualization to help clients meet critical challenges and seize policy opportunities in housing and urban development.

Prior to joining HR&A, Ryan worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ housing policy initiative, conducting research on housing development and home financing. Whether in articles that drive coverage in leading national media outlets, presentations to state legislative committees, or comment letters to federal agencies, Ryan helps decision makers cut through the noise and get the answers they need. His interest in urban planning grew out of his years working in public health and health equity for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he facilitated multiple strategic planning initiatives and where his data management tools supported field teams and a call center.

Ryan holds a dual Master of City Planning and Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in the Biology of Global Health from Georgetown University.

David Anton

David brings experience in real estate market analysis, evaluation of policy interventions, valuation of infrastructure assets, and financial management of government programs.


He currently works with transit agencies, local governments, and developers in Transit Oriented Development plans, infrastructure funding and financing strategies, and monetization of government real estate assets. Prior to HR&A, David worked on defining the user fares and subsidy structure of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Bus Network – one of the largest transit systems in Latin America – and was an advisor for Argentina’s Department of the Treasury on matters related to multilateral cooperation and infrastructure development.

David earned his Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University, and previously obtained a BS in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. 

Sierra Scott

Sierra’s interests lie in the interdependence between institutions and the resulting impact on environmental sustainability, equity, and economic development.


While working for the Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP), Sierra conducted research to identify infrastructural gaps between environmentally sustainable policy and application. Focusing on air quality, energy, watersheds, and waste management, she created a database tracking sustainable legislation in these sectors. Additionally, she was tasked with analyzing municipal climate change initiatives in the Southeastern U.S. and identifying applicable funding sources provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. After reading over 300 city plans, she co-produced a report that was subsequently published, identifying almost 150 plans from 38 cities across 12 Southeastern states, and created an appendix identifying 71 funding sources.

In her urban design studio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she was on a team that partnered with the Georgia Conservancy and the Habersham County Government in order to create a growth management plan. For this project she created a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program for the county and redesigned the county’s zoning map in order to encourage development along industrial corridors.

Sierra has a Bachelor of Science in Music Management and an Urban Studies Minor from the Georgia State University, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Nick Alexander

Nick provides analytical and advisory services for clients in the commercial real estate development and asset management sectors, helping to facilitate the creation and implementation of equitable and purpose-driven real estate strategies.


Nick joins the firm’s growing Knowledge Economy Practice in Atlanta, GA as a Senior Analyst. He was previously an Asset Manager with Trimont where he gained extensive experience in commercial real estate loan servicing and construction administration while working on the Credit Administration and Asset Management Team. As an Asset Manager he worked in a cross-functional capacity assisting with the completion of transitional projects and community revitalization efforts in the Atlanta market and nationwide.

Before working with Trimont, Nick worked as a Senior Associate for SitusAMC providing market research and analysis, financial modeling and analytics, and reporting and compliance services for a portfolio of commercial real estate properties across all asset classes.

Nick holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Georgia State University, where he earned a degree in finance from the Robinson College of Business.

Sofia Araujo

Sofia provides research and analytical support to projects related to economic development.


Before joining HR&A, Sofia graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Master’s in City and Regional Planning. While in school, she supported economic development analyses and policy development for rural and disadvantaged communities as well as indigenous tribes in North Carolina as a research analyst for NCGrowth. Sofia is passionate about equitable economic development and policy. Her Master’s project focused on analyzing the impact of the 2021 expanded Child Tax Credits on poverty alleviation in North Carolina through proxy measures of poverty.

Sofia has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in International Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jayla Hart

Jayla provides research and analytical support for a variety of real estate projects, with an interest in advancing affordable housing and sustainable community development.


Prior to joining HR&A, Jayla interned with The Bridges Collaborative, a nationwide school and neighborhood integration project at The Century Foundation. During her internship, she reported on progressive education policy and worked with various school districts and fair housing organizations. Jayla also served as co-chair of the Resident Staff program at the University of Virginia where she led a campaign to increase food access for resident advisors and strengthen organizational equity. Additionally, Jayla has conducted social psychology research for several years, with a focus on how perceptions of racial history influence policy support. When she isn’t at work, Jayla is a poet and spoken word artist who loves to bake and read.

Jayla has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociopolitical Psychology and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Virginia.

Maile Martinez

Maile drives collaboration and coordination across diverse stakeholder groups to ensure digital inclusion for all.


As a Director in the Broadband and Digital Equity practice, Maile applies her deep familiarity with United States broadband policy and funding programs to HR&A’s work expanding broadband access and adoption among underserved communities.

Maile comes to HR&A from the Microsoft Airband team, where she managed partnerships with Internet Service Providers, nonprofits, and other digital equity stakeholders, bringing four million unserved rural Americans under broadband coverage in less than five years. She also led development and publication of the Digital Equity Dashboard, designed to empower state agencies and digital equity leaders with data to guide decision making and investments. She has 15 years of experience in the digital inclusion space, including a background in youth digital skills, computer science education, and youth media production. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching middle school language arts in Phoenix, Arizona.

Maile holds a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages from Mount Holyoke College, a Master of Education from Arizona State University, and a Master of Philosophy in European Literature from the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Olivia Simpson

Olivia Simpson contributes research and analysis to projects that expand housing opportunities with a focus on affordable housing finance and funding strategies.


Before joining HR&A’s Washington D.C. office, Olivia supported community-oriented real estate projects including a neighborhood stabilization effort and multifamily Low-Income Housing Tax Credit development at Self-Help, a national community-development credit union. She was previously the Housing Services Coordinator at the Community Empowerment Fund in Durham, North Carolina, a non-profit organization that supports those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. While in Durham, she also provided volunteer data analysis for tenant organizers and was a member of the city’s Continuum of Care Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

Olivia holds a Bachelors in Sociology from Duke University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University with a focus on housing, land, and finance. In her graduate work, she contributed to strategic planning for a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in New Jersey and collaboratively developed an acquisition strategy for the Western Queens Community Land Trust in New York City.