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Who We Are

OUR MISSION
We are a CUNY-affiliated labor market research and consulting nonprofit. We are dedicated to connecting individuals and communities to economic opportunity. We help organizations, institutions, and programs who share in this goal harness labor market information for maximum impact.

OUR TEAM

  • Content expertise, creativity, passion, & access drive our work.
  • NYCLMIS embodies decades of combined experience in workforce policy and labor market research.
  • We maintain an exhaustive, up-to-date warehouse of labor market, demographic, and economic data.
  • We have an expansive network of subject matter experts, service providers, and employers.
  • We are situated within CUNY’s premiere doctoral granting institution. This allows us to call upon the expertise of our colleagues in academia and to staff teams of sophisticated researchers that are responsive to the needs of any given project.

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Our History

We are celebrating over a decade of service in the field. We were founded in 2008 as a joint venture between the former NYC Workforce Investment Board and the City University of New York (CUNY). We have since evolved into a free-standing entity within CUNY, broadening our reach to a wide range of workforce and education stakeholders, locally and throughout the US. 

We are the only outfit in New York City fully dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and applying labor market intelligence to strengthen the labor market.

Many influential outlets in our sphere, including the US Department of Labor, have profiled our work.  

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What We Do

Career Maps

Understanding how people actually progress in their careers - and what it takes to get ahead - can help ready people for labor market success. Our signature, data-driven approach reveals a reality-based, user-friendly road map for navigating careers.

Program Alignment

How closely do program offerings match what employers want? We help educators and trainers understand their graduates’ labor market prospects and identify ways to better align their offerings.

Industry Reports

Industries support a range of jobs, and the nature of the work can vary by occupation, employer, setting, location, and more. To help people plan for the future, we break it all down and look ahead.

Training on LMI

We work with a range of audiences to familiarize them with readily available sources of labor market information. Our trainings help them identify, navigate, and interpret data.

Jobs Reports

Each quarter, we release a snapshot of the labor market for New York City and its five boroughs. These reports draw from the most up-to-date sources on jobs, employers, workers, and more.

Strategic Consulting

Beyond this menu of products and services, we offer custom data-driven intelligence, materials, and guidance to policymakers and service-providers in philanthropy, education, and workforce.



Check out our website to learn more about our work and how to partner with us on future projects.
 

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How to Work with Us

We partner with a range of programs, organizations, and institutions, both public and private. Contact us to learn more about how we can work together.
 

 


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Staff Bios

John Mollenkopf, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Center for Urban Research Director
Jaclyn Kelly, Ed.M., Deputy Director
Anindya Kundu, Ph.D., Sr. Research Fellow 
Heather Sutton, MBA, CPCC, Assistant Director, Engagement & Partnerships
You Zheng, Ph.D, Information Science, Research Associate
Laila Alsabahi, Research Associate
 

 

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Jaclyn Kelly, Ed.M.



 
Position: Deputy Director
NYC Labor Market Information Service
Email: jkelly@gc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 817-2031
Address: Center for Urban Research
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6202
New York, NY 10016

Jaclyn Kelly was appointed Deputy Director of NYCLMIS in 2019 after previously serving the organization in a research leadership capacity. She is passionate about conducting research that promotes strong outcomes for mission-driven organizations and their clients, and has over two decades of experience working to achieve that.

Prior to joining NYCLMIS, Jaclyn directed research and evaluation at both Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and at PENCIL. She is trained in the Co-Active® model of leadership coaching and works closely with educational institutions, workforce nonprofits, and researchers to ensure NYCLMIS is accelerating analysis-driven decision-making and practices.

Jaclyn has been a Presidential Research Fellow (2013) and Quantitative Reasoning Fellow (2014, 2016) at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a Global Social Innovation Fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy (2015). She holds a BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, an Ed.M. in Measurement and Evaluation from Columbia University, and is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center in Political Science.

Jaclyn believes we should all be critical consumers of data and are all capable of understanding and analyzing (even enjoying!) it, and those beliefs inform her work as an adjunct faculty member at City College and Long Island University, Brooklyn, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in research methods, program evaluation, and statistical analysis.


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Anindya Kundu, Ph.D.




Position: Sr. Research Fellow
NYC Labor Market Information Service
Email akundu@gc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 817-2036
Address: Center for Urban Research
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6202
New York, NY 10016
 

Dr. Anindya Kundu is a sociologist who studies the contexts that allow youth and young adults to thrive. He leads the research team at NYCLMIS and guides the organization’s research agenda.

Anindya’s research involves learning how students and professionals navigate around personal, social, and institutional challenges to succeed, and collective roles we can play to improve pathways to opportunity. Anindya's book, Agency & The Social Side of Grit is forthcoming in 2020 through Teachers College Press. His dissertation, off which the book is based, was supervised by Dr. Pedro Noguera and Dr. Angela Duckworth. 

Prior to joining LMIS as the Senior Research Fellow, Anindya received his Ph.D. at NYU in Sociology of Education. He then served as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar for the HERE to HERE project, leading qualitative research around workforce development in the Bronx. 

Anindya has taught multiple courses at NYU including, "American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Public Education," and "Research in Urban and Minority Education." In 2017, he received the NYU "Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award." 

Anindya enjoys connecting research to practice for broad stakeholders and contributing to public discourse. His work has appeared in NPR Education, MSNBC and Huffington Post and he has given two official TED Talks, the first of which has more than 1.5M views and can be seen here. The second one is coming soon!


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Heather Sutton, MBA, CPCC




Position: Assistant Director, Engagement & Partnerships
NYC Labor Market Information Service
Email: hsutton@gc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 817-2039
Address: Center for Urban Research
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6202
New York, NY 10016
 

Heather Sutton joined LMIS in 2019 as Assistant Director, Engagement and Partnerships. She has over 15 years of experience in workforce development and nonprofit management. Her leadership spans several capacities in developing solutions for improving the outcomes of underserved children and youth in New York City, particularly through building public-private partnerships. She has led initiatives in early childhood and K-12 education, college success, and access to career pathways toward greater economic mobility for vulnerable populations. In recent years, Heather earned a certification in the Co-Active® model of professional coaching and launched genARISE, an initiative designed to provide career and wellness coaching to first-generation college students and recent graduates to support their transition to early career.
 
Previously, Heather directed strategic initiatives for both The Heckscher Foundation for Children and The International Longevity Center within Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
 
Heather has been selected for the 2019 CORO Workforce Systems Leadership Program, has served on the Philanthropic Advisory Committee for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, and has been a member of Early Childhood Partners-NYC, The Workforce Funders, and Philanthropy New York’s leadership, coaching, and mentorship program. In recognition of her work, City and State New York honored her with its Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Philanthropy. Heather holds an MBA from The University of Maryland, a CPCC from The Coaches Training Institute, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bucknell University.
 

 


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You Zheng, Ph.D.



 
Position: Research Associate
NYC Labor Market Information Service
Email: yzheng3@gc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 817-2034
Address: Center for Urban Research
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6202
New York, NY 10016
 

You joined NYCLMIS in September, 2018 as a Research Associate. She provides both research and administrative support for multiple projects, including conducting interviews and administering surveys, analyzing and visualizing labor market data, contributing to writing reports, and participating in other research and technical assistance projects.

You received a PhD in Information Science and Technology from Syracuse University, and a Master's degree in Information Management from The University of Maryland, College Park. She has in-depth experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She also has extensive knowledge of data analytics, and conducting statistical tests (R, Python, SPSS).


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Laila Alsabahi

 
Position: Research Associate
NYC Labor Market Information Service
Email: lalsabahi@gc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 817-2035
Address: Center for Urban Research
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6202
New York, NY 10016
 

Laila is a Research Associate at NYCLMIS. She has more than six years of research experience studying vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations in New York City toward improving disadvantaged and under-resourced communities.

Before working at NYCLMIS, Laila was a Research Analyst at John Jay College where she was part of a team evaluating Cure Violence, a public health approach in reducing gun violence, in New York City neighborhoods.

Laila earned a Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Deviance Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Urban Policy and Management at the New School. 

 


 

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