Naomi Podber serves as the Senior Evaluation Associate. Naomi is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing on the relationship between music, social justice, engagement, and critical consciousness. Prior to beginning graduate studies, Naomi taught classroom music and band in NYC for over a decade. She grew up in Brooklyn, holds a BMus in flute performance from the Copland School of Music at Queens College and is proud to have been educated exclusively in NYC public schools. She is a founding member of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra (a street band that exists to support social justice work) and she published a study examining critical consciousness and community in this group in 2016 in an international collection on politics and popular music.
Naomi spent three years as a Quantitative Reasoning Fellow in the CUNY system where she worked with professors to integrate quantitative literacy into coursework, and she also spent 10 years teaching music theory to students in the pre-college music program at Queens College. She currently works with statistics students in NYU’s graduate nursing program and teaches undergraduate psychology courses in the CUNY system. In her spare time she squawks on a saxophone and sits around playing folk guitar.