Michael Cwidak-Kusbach    Founder & CEO   Michael Cwidak-Kusbach founded Amplify Civic Advisors with the belief that Pay for Success projects could be done more effectively with less complexity and fewer risks for state and local government.  Having spent over 5 years building Pay for Success projects, he has overseen numerous feasibility studies and project constructions, and has served as the Intermediary project manager on a launched project.  Before working in the Pay for Success field, Michael worked on streamlining and reducing local government cost for Mayor Pete Buttigieg in South Bend, IN, as the Director of the Office of Scheduling and Advance for Mayor Adrian Fenty in DC, and has worked on presidential, senatorial, state, and local political campaigns.  Michael holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Princeton University.

Michael Cwidak-Kusbach

Founder & CEO

Michael Cwidak-Kusbach founded Amplify Civic Advisors with the belief that Pay for Success projects could be done more effectively with less complexity and fewer risks for state and local government.

Having spent over 5 years building Pay for Success projects, he has overseen numerous feasibility studies and project constructions, and has served as the Intermediary project manager on a launched project.

Before working in the Pay for Success field, Michael worked on streamlining and reducing local government cost for Mayor Pete Buttigieg in South Bend, IN, as the Director of the Office of Scheduling and Advance for Mayor Adrian Fenty in DC, and has worked on presidential, senatorial, state, and local political campaigns.

Michael holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Princeton University.

  Joshua Ogburn    Board Member   Joshua Ogburn is the Director of the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab.  Within that role, Joshua is currently the Project Director for a Pay for Success initiative led by the Richmond City Health District focused on improving outcomes for at-risk asthmatic children in the Greater Richmond Region.  From 2015-17, Joshua worked with the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Pay for Success Council to undertake a feasibility study, aimed at expanding maternal home visiting across the state.  Prior to this work, Joshua was a staff member for U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (VA).  Joshua holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech.

Joshua Ogburn

Board Member

Joshua Ogburn is the Director of the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab.

Within that role, Joshua is currently the Project Director for a Pay for Success initiative led by the Richmond City Health District focused on improving outcomes for at-risk asthmatic children in the Greater Richmond Region.

From 2015-17, Joshua worked with the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Pay for Success Council to undertake a feasibility study, aimed at expanding maternal home visiting across the state.

Prior to this work, Joshua was a staff member for U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (VA).

Joshua holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech.

  Kathryn Roos    Board Member   Kathryn Roos is the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Manager for the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation.  In addition to providing strategic management and operational oversight for the District’s first P3, a multi-million dollar contract to convert the District’s 75,000 streetlights to LED, Kathryn works on the development of additional P3 opportunities within the District.  Prior to her work in D.C., Kathryn served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Pete Buttigieg in South Bend, IN.  Kathryn holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

Kathryn Roos

Board Member

Kathryn Roos is the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Manager for the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation.

In addition to providing strategic management and operational oversight for the District’s first P3, a multi-million dollar contract to convert the District’s 75,000 streetlights to LED, Kathryn works on the development of additional P3 opportunities within the District.

Prior to her work in D.C., Kathryn served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Pete Buttigieg in South Bend, IN.

Kathryn holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

 
  Marykate Melanson    Associate   Marykate is a Fullbright Scholar, and a recent graduate from Middlebury College where she studied International and Global Studies with a regional focus in Latin America.  During her time at Middlebury, she was involved in Residential Life and served as a Research Assistant at the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs. While serving in these two roles, Marykate developed a strong interest in community-based solutions for social issues.  She joined Amplify in May 2018.

Marykate Melanson

Associate

Marykate is a Fullbright Scholar, and a recent graduate from Middlebury College where she studied International and Global Studies with a regional focus in Latin America.

During her time at Middlebury, she was involved in Residential Life and served as a Research Assistant at the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs. While serving in these two roles, Marykate developed a strong interest in community-based solutions for social issues.

She joined Amplify in May 2018.

  Emily Cochrane    Summer Associate   Emily Cochrane finished her second year at the University of Chicago where she is studying Economics.  She has been involved in the Trott Business Program and the New Venture Challenge Consulting Project, where she has managed a team of student consultants in order for them to effectively and efficiently provide their client with impeccable deliverables.  Being a varsity athlete has taught her the valuable skills of commitment, leadership, and hard work. Emily’s previous internship for a nonprofit, DuPage Homeownership Center, and her monthly volunteer work with Service for Sight have helped to develop her passion for making an impact in local communities.

Emily Cochrane

Summer Associate

Emily Cochrane finished her second year at the University of Chicago where she is studying Economics.

She has been involved in the Trott Business Program and the New Venture Challenge Consulting Project, where she has managed a team of student consultants in order for them to effectively and efficiently provide their client with impeccable deliverables.

Being a varsity athlete has taught her the valuable skills of commitment, leadership, and hard work. Emily’s previous internship for a nonprofit, DuPage Homeownership Center, and her monthly volunteer work with Service for Sight have helped to develop her passion for making an impact in local communities.

  Alex Ma    Summer Associate   Alex Ma just completed her first year at the University of Chicago and intends to major in Economics with a minor in statistics.  On campus, she is involved in CampusCATALYST, a pro-bono consulting organization for nonprofits, as well as a Research Assistant in the department of Economics.  She is a member of Smart Women Securities, Women in Public Service, and Delta Gamma Fraternity.  Her passions include community engagement, social justice, cooking, traveling, attending music festivals, and squash.

Alex Ma

Summer Associate

Alex Ma just completed her first year at the University of Chicago and intends to major in Economics with a minor in statistics.

On campus, she is involved in CampusCATALYST, a pro-bono consulting organization for nonprofits, as well as a Research Assistant in the department of Economics.

She is a member of Smart Women Securities, Women in Public Service, and Delta Gamma Fraternity.

Her passions include community engagement, social justice, cooking, traveling, attending music festivals, and squash.