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Nonso Umunna
Research Director

As our research director, Nonso is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of programs and policies for the state’s children and youth.

Nonso has been doing research and analysis for more than 15 years, and is currently tracking , collecting, and updating Maryland’s more than 180 child well-being indicators for the KIDS COUNT Data Center.   Advocates for Children and Youth is the Maryland research affiliate for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT.

In addition, he also assisted policy directors in the identification and use of data resources in writing testimonies, issue briefs and white papers which include the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Court Review in which he combed through numerous records to understand what happens to youth who are placed in the adult corrections system.  His work was used to inform the work of juvenile justice reform proponents and an independent review committee.

Nonso is very thoughtful in his approach to research and is always searching for credible data to help tell the story of Maryland’s children and their caregivers.  He works to update Advocates for Children and Youth’s county data sheets so that each jurisdiction can get a better understanding of how their children are faring.

Before coming to Advocates for Children and Youth, Nonso worked at the Baltimore Council for Foreign Affairs. Nonso earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Policy and later his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore