Eduventures® Research Analysts

Research Team

Our team of research analysts represents some of the brightest and most experienced research analysts in the industry. As foremost experts in domains specific to higher education, their goal is to create competitive advantage for the institutions we serve.

Cara A. Quackenbush, Vice President, Research

As the Vice President of Research for Eduventures, Cara is responsible for guiding the depth and breadth of the company’s research coverage and rigorous research methodologies and standards. Prior to joining Eduventures, Cara was an advancement professional with more than a decade of fundraising, management, marketing, and accounting experience at institutions of higher education. Cara’s experience spans annual giving, major giving, volunteer management, alumni engagement, parent fundraising, and planned giving. She has also conducted research on management practices and strategies in higher education, including higher education accounting practices, presidential leadership techniques, and legal policies affecting planned giving. Cara is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and events, including CASE, and her work has been published in CASE Currents. Cara was the Associate Director of Gift Planning at Boston College, where she helped launch the university’s $1.5 billion capital campaign as well as its first-ever legacy gift campaign. Cara also worked in both the annual fund and the office of planned giving at her alma mater, Santa Clara University, where she earned her B.A. in journalism. Cara holds an MBA and an MS in accounting from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.


Richard Garrett, Chief Research Officer

Richard Garrett is Chief Research Officer at Eduventures, spearheading the company’s new research direction. Richard has 20 years experience in higher education research, consulting and policy. He combines his work at Eduventures with leading the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a think tank focused on global developments in online learning, internationalization and commercial activity and partnerships. The Observatory is part of i-graduate, the UK higher education research and consulting firm. Prior to Eduventures, Richard was North America Director for i-graduate, working with clients of the International Student Barometer, the world’s largest survey of the international student experience. From 2005-2013, Richard led Eduventures online higher education practice. Richard has also worked as a researcher in the School of Education at the University of Surrey in the UK and as a policy analyst at the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from King’s College London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge.


Catherine Birdwell, Director, Client Services

Catherine leads the Client Research Team in ensuring that our members see tangible results from their interactions with Eduventures. Since first joining the company in 2013, Catherine has consistently worked in a client-facing capacity as an advisor, research analyst, and strategic thought partner to presidents, provosts and deans from colleges and universities nationally. Through her leadership within the Eduventures program innovation practice, Catherine has directly managed, led, and overseen more than 300 reports and deliverables assessing the market opportunity for degree and nondegree programs. Catherine’s research has focused particularly on the graduate education market and how colleges of education can innovate their program offerings to respond to market demand while still aligning to their core mission and values. Prior to joining Eduventures, Catherine was a research fellow at the Harvard Law School, where she supported faculty in developing and planning curriculum and collaborated with the director of the Immigration Law Clinic in researching, drafting and editing the latest edition of her textbook. Catherine received a BA In International Studies and French from Rhodes College and a JD cum laude from the Catholic University of America.


Bob Kraus, Director, Quantitative Research

Bob Kraus is a Principal Analyst on our Quantitative Research team. In this role he is responsible for synthesizing survey, institutional, and secondary source data to provide data-driven, actionable insight for clients across the higher education landscape.

Prior to joining Eduventures, Bob held quantitative research management and analyst positions at IDC, Gartner, and AMR Research covering the Internet of Things, enterprise software, and consumer technology. He has focused on market requirements, forecasting, segmentation, feature trade-off and pricing research. Recently he has been researching the impact of the Internet of Things on the government, retail, transportation, manufacturing and other industries. Bob has conducted research consulting engagements for SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Intel, Adobe and PTC among others. Early in his career, Bob worked at Bay Networks, Wellfleet Communications, IBM and Digital Equipment in engineering and research roles. Bob received a Master of Science degree in Experimental Statistics from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont.


Mughees Khan, Senior Quantitative Analyst

Mughees is responsible for providing quantitative and qualitative analyses that inform data-driven recommendations and tactics for higher education clients. As a member of the quantitative research team, Mughees has contributed to insights on hiring trends and the underserved specialization areas of K-12 schools to benefit our Schools of Education clients. Prior to Eduventures, Mughees worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Education Policy Research, where he prepared teacher-level data for future analyses. He holds an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and graduated summa cum laude from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in philosophy and psychology.


Tina Lagerstedt, Client Research Analyst

Tina brings almost ten years of experience in education to the Client Research Analyst role, where she acts as a thought partner for higher education leaders. Prior to joining Eduventures, she completed an Ed.M in higher education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). During her studies at HGSE, Tina also worked as an Admissions Officer in the Harvard Law School J.D. Admissions Office where she reviewed application files, conducted recruitment trips, served on the admissions committee, and planned admitted students weekend events. She also served as a Teaching Fellow at HGSE and interned as a data analyst for HGSE’s Making Caring Common Project. Tina graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Howard Lurie, Principal Analyst

Howard joins Eduventures with more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing online education technology solutions for the higher education, corporate and K-12 markets.  As part of Consulting Services for Education (CS4Ed), Howard has worked with a variety of higher education and K-12 clients in online and continuing education. Howard also served as Managing Director for Academic Partnerships at Acrobatiq, where he led efforts to secure new partnerships and revenue from a range of higher education institutions, as well as a major grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Howard also served as a Vice President for External Affairs at edX, and was the Managing Director for PBS LearningMedia. Earlier, he directed online teacher professional development programs for WGBH and for Facing History and Ourselves. Howard is also active in a variety of Boston-area online education start-ups and advisory boards, including BaleFire Labs, Harvard Medical School’s MedScience, Northeastern University’s Lowell Institute Incubator, and the STEAM Studio Academy. Howard is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Teachers’ College, Columbia University.


Michael Miller, Senior Analyst

Mike joins the Eduventures Research team from Northeastern University where he developed and administered international programs. While at Northeastern he expanded the institution’s global footprint by initiating reltionships with several of the leading universities in Japan, China, and Korea including The University of Tokyo, Peking University, and The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He has also worked for HBX: Harvard Business School Online, UC San Diego, and the education abroad provider, The School for Field Studies. Mike earned his Bachelors of Arts from Villanova University (Go Cats!) and his Master’s in Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.


Clint Raine, Client Research Analyst

Clint joins the Eduventures Client Research team having completed an Ed.M in higher education at the Harvard Graduate School for Education. While completing his studies, he supported the Eduventures research team as a graduate student. Prior to joining us and earning his master’s degree, Clint was a Professional Staff Member and Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House Committee for Education and the Workforce where he helped conduct oversight initiatives and research across a wide-range of education policy issues. He is an alumnus of Teach for America, where he taught English as a Second Language to high school students in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clint graduated with a B.A. in History from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.


Kim Reid, Principal Analyst

Kim brings a wealth of advanced analytical capability in market research, assessment, and program evaluation to her work, and combines evidence and expertise to help clients make strategic decisions that shape the future of their institution. She has over 20 years of experience in research and consulting in education. Most recently, Kim served as Vice President of Research Operations at Maguire Associates, a research based consulting firm focused on enrollment management, where she created new lines of business in brand analytics specific to higher education, pricing and value, and strategic academic program management.

She graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Duke University, holds an M.S. from the New House School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and completed Ph. D. coursework in communications at Indiana University, Bloomington.


Gena Rodriguez, Client Research Analyst

As a Client Research Analyst, Gena partners with higher education and education technology leaders to support data-driven decision making. She believes that student and institutional success are inextricably linked. Before joining the Eduventures team, Gena worked in admissions and marketing for Processional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, specializing in Higher Education Programs. Gena is also an alumna of AmeriCorps where she served in the National College Advising Corps as a College Advisor and Future Planner for high school students in rural Pennsylvania. Gena holds an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in Psychology from Ursinus College. 


Johanna Trovato, Senior Analyst

As a Senior Analyst, Johanna serves as a strategic thought partner for higher education leaders across the student lifecycle. Previously, Johanna was a Consultant at Maguire Associates where she started her career in higher education market research nearly a decade ago. Growing through various roles at the organization, Johanna not only honed her quantitative and qualitative skill set but also became well-versed in the issues her higher education clients were facing across the enrollment lifecycle. During this time, she discovered her passion for client-facing work and connecting research with her clients’ needs. Originally from Germany, she graduated from Justus Liebig University in Giessen with a Diplom degree (equivalent of a M.S.) in Social Sciences before she relocated to the United States.


James Wiley, Principal Analyst

James joins Eduventures with over 13 years of education technology experience. Prior to joining the research team, James was Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services at the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT). James lead efforts to develop a network infrastructure redesign project for a Texas school district rollout of instructional tablets and to develop a statewide information security management system for over 400 school districts for the Massachusetts Department of Education. Before CELT, James successfully designed and managed over 15 large-scale education technology engagements, including the New York State Education Portal, the Rhode Island Department of Education Statewide Longitudinal Data System, and the Hawaii Enterprise Application Integration Solution projects. James has a wealth of experience in education technology and helping all stakeholders understand the steps required to successfully implement and manage enterprise systems. At Eduventures, James focuses on helping stakeholders understand the success criteria for technology and on ensuring alignment between their technology applications and organizational goals.

James lives in Providence, Rhode Island and holds an MA and a BA in Classics from Cambridge University, a Certificat d’Enseignant in Sociology from L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and a BA in Philosophy, Greek and Latin from Lehman College, The City University of New York.