Staff and Organization
Naomi Goldstein is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research, and Evaluation. She serves as ACF’s Chief Evaluation Officer. Goldstein joined ACF as Director of the OPRE Division of Child and Family Development in 2001. She became Director of OPRE in 2004 and Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2015. Previously, she directed the United States Postal Service Commission on a Safe and Secure Workplace, an independent commission that examined workplace violence affecting the postal service and the nation. She served as project manager for the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project and as Executive Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Massachusetts state government and developed infant mortality prevention programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Goldstein received a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University, a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. She was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 2012.
Emily Schmitt is the Deputy Director of OPRE. As Deputy Director, Ms. Schmitt works closely with the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation to plan and execute the mission of OPRE. Ms. Schmitt contributes to broad oversight of OPRE’s research and evaluation work, and also supervises OPRE’s administrative and budget teams and OPRE’s communications and research dissemination work. Ms. Schmitt joined OPRE in 2009 and served as a Research Fellow, Social Science Research Analyst, Senior Social Science Research Analyst, and Team Leader for Behavioral Science in OPRE prior to becoming Deputy Director in 2016. In these roles she initiated and led OPRE’s work on the application of behavioral economics to human services, and oversaw projects related to TANF, employment and training, and homeless and disconnected families. Prior to joining OPRE, Ms. Schmitt worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School.
Emanuel (Manny) Fortson
Manny’s work focuses on integrating and coordinating overall administrative functions for the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation. Prior to joining OPRE, Manny served as an Administrative Operations Supervisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration where he was responsible for providing oversight to the agency's Disaster Travel Program. Manny also served with the Marine Corps for 11 years on active duty as a Personnel and Administrative Chief. In his free time, he enjoys running, lifting weights, and is a diehard Philadelphia sports fan.
Melissa Barry joined OPRE in Feb. 2007 as a Contractor, before becoming a Federal Employee in June 2014. As the Executive Assistant, Melissa is primarily responsible for all administrative functions within OPRE to include, time and attendance, travel, purchase card, scheduling appointments for the DAS, DD, and other staff as needed, ordering supplies, and any Ad Hoc assignments. Melissa has over 30+ years’ experience in the Administration field.
Sheila Celentano is the Budget Officer for OPRE, providing budget, financial, and systems support. She is one of the system administrators and key integrators for the internal Project and Accounting tracking system. She specializes in financial process improvement, user communications and training, and strategic planning. Sheila is also trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt. Sheila became a federal employee in January of 2015. Previously she supported the OPRE budget office as a contractor for Business Strategy Consultants. Prior to joining OPRE she worked for a variety of defense contractors in financial systems support over the last 30 years; most notably at TASC, Inc. for 14 years; and is happy to be on the softer side of government now. Sheila holds a BS in applied Mathematics from Norwich University, Northfield, VT and received her Master’s in Organizational Leadership in 2014, also from Norwich University.
Justin Falcone is OPRE's Data Visualization and Media Manager. Justin manages OPRE’s data visualization and creative direction, and works to improve the way research is visualized and disseminated to stakeholders and the public via digital platforms and multimedia experiences. He is particularly interested in taking a data driven approach to strategic research dissemination. Justin holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, where he was named a Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright Research Fellow and selected as a Truman Scholar, and a MS from the University of Oxford.
Emily Ball Jabbour
Emily Ball Jabbour is the Performance Officer for ACF, ensuring agency compliance with all performance measurement requirements related to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and the GPRA Modernization Act, including Agency Priority Goals, GPRA performance measures, agency contributions to the HHS Strategic Plan, and other performance items related to the annual budget request. Ms. Jabbour is also Project Officer for the OPRE web contract and the acquisition services support contract. She holds a BA in psychology from Boston College and a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) in social policy with a law minor from Columbia University.
Molly Jones leads Paperwork Reduction Act activities for OPRE and for all of ACF. She provides training and expert advice to minimize burden on the public and maximize the utility, quality, and integrity of federal information collections in compliance with the PRA. She serves as ACF’s liaison for PRA-related matters with the public, with HHS, with other agencies or Departments, and with the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining OPRE, she was a full time Graduate Research Assistant at The George Washington University after teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics. Ms. Jones holds a BS from Cornell University, an MAT from PACE University, and an MA in Education Policy from The George Washington University.
John Sweet is the Administrative Officer and is primarily responsible for all administrative functions within OPRE to include staffing and recruitment, personnel actions, accountable property, facilities management, time and attendance, travel, and records management. John is Penn State graduate and has 10+ years of experience in the private sector as well as 20+ years of experience with the federal government, to include 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and assignments with numerous federal agencies to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Defense.