Gilly Cantor joined the IVMF in August 2016. In her role as Program Evaluation Manager, she focuses on strengthening the evaluation and continuous improvement of IVMF initiatives and programs, particularly AmericaServes. Her experience managing research and data-oriented processes, as well as communicating data to diverse stakeholders, help support the IVMF’s emphasis on providing evidence-based research and programs.
Cantor was previously a municipal planner at the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency. She served as primary staff to the Onondaga County Planning Board, where she coordinated the research and review of over 500 projects referred by 35 municipalities annually, in order to make recommendations on inter-municipal and countywide impacts of local land use decisions.
Before returning to Syracuse, Cantor worked for over six years at Berklee College of Music in the Office of Human Resources, where she managed the integrity of HR information system records faculty and staff members. She participated in systems projects for HR and shared college services, helped train employees on HR systems usage, and oversaw data flow within HR and between HR and academic constituencies, administrative departments, and IT.
She holds a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in the history of art & architecture and architectural studies from Brown University, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Through the MPA program, Cantor gained expertise on national economic and social policy issues, learned quantitative and qualitative methods of evaluating programs, and explored early efforts to utilize social impact financing of social programs.