Deon Willis

Deon Willis

Research Associate

Deon Willis is a researcher and data analyst with a passion for local government, public service, politics and how each shape our world. He has experience in varied methods of research at the collegiate level and professional level. His expertise includes data collection, analysis, visualization, GIS systems, and database design & management.

Prior to joining the CGR team, Mr. Willis served as the administrative program and grants coordinator for the Center for Youth. Mr. Willis is dedicated to increasing equity in the City of Rochester and improving services to youth and families impacted by discrimination and trauma.

Before working at the Center for Youth, Mr. Willis held positions as a career advisor at the University of Rochester’s Gwen M. Greene Center and a Congressional intern. He earned a bachelor of arts in Political Science with a focus in Public Policy from the University of Rochester. During his undergraduate study, Mr. Willis was selected as a 2020 Public Policy and International Affairs Program Fellow @ Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.