Current Staff

Vanessa Boulanger, MSc

Project Director

Vanessa Boulanger’s work has primarily focused on addressing health and social inequalities from a range of health and development perspectives. She has over 10 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing research programs utilizing data-driven approaches to evaluate program delivery, writing for a variety of audiences, and strengthening capacity across settings.

Prior to joining the Center for Community-Based Research, Vanessa worked with both international and domestic organizations such as the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  She has managed qualitative and quantitative research projects documenting the impacts of maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa; as well as projects focused on the relationship between obesity and cancer. 

Vanessa holds an MSc degree in Global Health and Population from Harvard University and a BA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.


Margaret Katana, MPH

Research Assistant

Margaret has experience in statistical analysis, model forecasting, and research study management. She has conducted analyses with both claims and clinical databases using various analytical platforms.  Margaret joins the Center for Community Based Research bringing experiences from academia and private firms such as United Health Group - Optum Insight, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, and The University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB).


Margaret holds an MPH in epidemiology from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and a BS in Zoology from The University of Wisconsin - Madison.