We are a small and vibrant team of passionate and highly-qualified education researchers and program evaluators. MNA staff and consultants have deep expertise in policy analysis, K-12 education, curriculum and instruction, education technology, and higher education. This, combined with our expertise in research design and methods, statistical analysis, and computer and data programing, give MNA the capacity to take on complex projects with excellent results.
Kavita Mittapalli, Ph.D.
MNA is headed by Kavita Mittapalli, Ph.D., who brings over 18 years of experience in conducting research and evaluation for various programs and initiatives. She worked at various consulting firms before founding MN Associates, Inc in 2005. Kavita started her career in Agricultural Science before becoming an Applied Sociologist and a mixed methodologist with an interest in research design. She brings her multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge to all the work she does at MNA.
Krishna Nerella, M.S.
CTO, CFO, Technical Advisor
Krishna Nerella, M.S. is a senior programmer and data analyst with over 20 years of experience. He has a masters in Computer Science (2008) from George Mason University. In all matters related to data systems, longitudinal data set analysis, using SAS skills and programming in C++/Java, Krishna plays a vital role at MNA.
Nina de las Alas
Senior Research Associate
Nina de las Alas is a senior research associate. She brings over 15 years of experience in conducting research and evaluation in comprehensive school reform, leadership matters at organizations, and teacher quality and improvement issues. Previously, she was employed at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO, DC). Nina has extensive experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods on federal and state grant programs. Her main areas of interest include the collective impact among human, social, and resource capital, and community revitalization.
Dia is an associate. She brings about 10 years of education finance, policy, research and evaluation experience from all levels of K-12 systems. Dia is a trained economist and sociologist and adept in using SAS. She is a mixed methodologist. Previously, she was employed at the Maryland State Department of Education at the Department of Accountability, The Anne E Casey Foundation- KidsCount, Academy of Educational Development (AED, now FHI360) and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE).
Amlan Banerjee, Ph,D.
Amlan Banerjee, Ph.D. is a quantitative analyst at MNA. Amlan brings about 12 years of experience in statistics, multi-modeling, social networking analysis, and longitudinal analysis to MNA. He is adept in R, Machine Learning, and Python.
Michelle Peters, Ed.D.
Michelle Peters, Ed.D. is a quantitative consultant. Michelle has extensive experience in conducting large scale research and evaluation studies and Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), Regressions. Her areas of interest are Mathematics Education, Self-efficacy, and Classroom climate. She completed her Ph.D. from George Washington University in 2009 with a concentration in Research Methods.
David Keyes, Ph.D.
David Keyes, Ph.D. is a consultant. He has experience conducting evaluations on education programs as part of the research department at the Oregon Community Foundation. David holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego.
Mandy Elder, MPA
Mandy Elder, MPA specializes in qualitative, cross-cultural and international research and analysis. Her interdisciplinary interests lie in educational equity, rural opportunity and development, and organizational policy. She holds dual Masters degrees in Public Administration and Sociocultural Anthropology. She is bilingual in Spanish/English.