In December of 2022, Rebecca DeJoseph and Frank Robinson were promoted from Directors to Vice President and Senior Economist, and Vice President, respectively. Frank and Rebecca are both dedicated to their areas of expertise, with Frank’s history of working at the intersection of economic and community development, and Rebecca in the economic, labor, and academic spaces.
Rebecca was born in Philadelphia and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania. For her undergraduate degree, she attended Pennsylvania State University, double majoring in Economics and Political Science. She’s been at ESI for five years, having started as a Senior Analyst, and is now a Vice President. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at the Pennsylvania Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to her role at ESI, she serves as an assistant professor of Economics and Statistics for the Community College of Philadelphia.
Frank was also raised in the Mid-Atlantic, having grown up in northern New Jersey. He then attended North Carolina A&T State University, majoring in Political Science. Following that, he received his MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University and his Master’s of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to joining ESI as a Director, Frank owned and ran a consulting business for five years based in Wilmington, Delaware, focused on program development for nonprofits.
While both Frank and Rebecca are now Vice Presidents, they will have different areas of focus. Frank will be working on business development, operations, and ESI’s thought leadership initiative, the Center for the Future of Cities. “I am excited to help our organization expand and the ability to help more people accomplish the important work that they do on behalf of their communities and constituents,” says Robinson.
Rebecca will do more to expand data sources, ensuring that we can describe our clients’ needs and impact accurately and precisely. “I love finding new data sources to make our work better and easier. Within this role, I hope to keep discovering new methodologies to do our analyses and tell our clients’ stories,” says DeJoseph.
When not in the office, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her daughter, Elle. Frank also enjoys spending time with his family, as well as reading presidential histories.