Founded in 1915, CGR has been delivering expert support to the public, nonprofit and private sectors for a century. Originally, we were incorporated as the Rochester (NY) Bureau of Municipal Research, and were established by founder George Eastman with a mandate to “get things done for the community” we call home. Although our passion for delivering promising solutions has never changed, both the geographic area and clients we serve have broadened dramatically. Today we have a national reach and can be found working with a diverse range of agencies, organizations and communities.
In an arena served almost exclusively by for-profit consultancies, CGR stands apart. Since our founding, we have operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a status that insulates us from political bias and holds us accountable to our clients’ true shareholders – the communities they serve – positioning them as more desirable places to live and work.
Just like our clients, we’re in the business of making a difference.
Erika Rosenberg’s primary focus is helping clients and communities make meaningful use of data to drive productive discussions on performance and think strategically about how to achieve positive change. She has extensive knowledge in areas encompassing education, program evaluation, strategic planning, and state and local government. She has authored statewide policy reports on topics as diverse as workers’ compensation and pork barrel spending.
Ms. Rosenberg oversees all CGR community indicators projects (web-based community profiles) for clients; leads data analysis and interpretation for numerous types of client projects, and is well-versed in working with large datasets and using a variety of robust analytical techniques. (See case study of project for Knoxville, Tennessee’s ET Index. The outcome is an online community profile that includes 90 indicators of community well-being and features a dashboard of key data points for 11 geographies.)
She has also directed a variety of other projects, including an implementation evaluation of the first year of operation of small schools opened within an urban school district, and assessments of summer youth employment, youth recreation programs, and the feasibility of an early childhood scholarship program. With funding from a local chapter of the League of Women Voters, she has led projects examining the role of local development corporations across a state and conducted an experiment in independent redistricting for a county, based on a politically blind process to draw new districts for a county legislature.
She also played a major role in researching and managing CGR’s award-winning study on the future of public nursing homes in New York State (case study).
Prior to joining CGR in 2005, she worked for Gannett News Service in Albany, New York as a statehouse reporter, where she covered an array of public policy topics. While with Gannett, she was responsible for reporting on state politics and government for nine dailies, including news organizations covering metropolitan Rochester and Westchester, New York. During her years in journalism she also covered education, mental health, immigration and voter registration issues for newspapers in Rochester, New York and Little Rock, Arkansas.
She earned her B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.