Brad Rowe - Founder
Rowe is Lecturer in Public Policy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Adjunct Professor for Master's degree candidates at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. He is formerly the Chief Executive Officer of BOTEC Analysis. He has recently overseen research, evaluation and implementation efforts around violence reduction for the Mississippi Office of the Attorney General, community supervision for the Office of the Commissioner of Probation of Massachusetts, medical cannabis market measurement for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and Health Canada, field research in lower-income neighborhoods for Uber Technologies, and organization of a Cannabis Science and Policy Summit at New York University. Rowe spent a decade as a volunteer teaching homeless job seekers courses in stress management, goal-setting and relapse prevention for Chrysalis in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Pacoima. While completing his Master of Public Policy degree, he was awarded the Ann C. Rosenfield Fellowship to conduct local educational attainment advocacy and data analysis work with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Earlier, Rowe had a multi-faceted career in Hollywood with a filmography that includes many dozen titles spanning on-camera work, producing the online talk show MIPtalk.com and producing 25 bio-docs for nonprofits such as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rowe spent two years studying, singing blues, teaching English and working as a guide at the U.S. Pavillion at the 1992 Universal Expo in Sevilla, Spain. If you really must know, there were also several months where he lived out of an RV selling orthopedic back-support chairs at state fairs across the country. He was born and raised outside of Milwaukee. This path has yielded a rich and diverse network across multiple disciplines that can help RPM evaluate, design, implement, measure and tell compelling stories about great policy work.
Isaac Bryan - Director of Research and Municipal Projects
Bryan is a founding member of the RPM team and an expert on the criminal justice system. He has worked on projects with the U.S. Department of Justice, American Civil Liberties Union, Children’s Defense Fund and National Center for Youth Law. In 2016, he co-authored the policy brief that inspired California Senate bill SB 439, which excludes those 11 years of age or younger from prosecution in juvenile court. Bryan is also a lead researcher for the Million Dollar Hoods Project at UCLA. His recent report "The Price for Freedom" received national attention for its first ever in-depth look at the quantifiable impact of the money bail system on the City of Los Angeles. In 2017, Bryan gave expert testimony before the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights regarding money bail in the United States. Recently, he has served as a Bohnett Policy Fellow in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Gacetti’s Office of Economic Opportunity, where he authored the final report for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity and helped to address the complex needs of the city’s reentry population. Bryan received bachelor degrees in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Arizona, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at UCLA. He sees criminal justice systems for what they could be—and keeps the research relevant to how it will be heard and acted upon by citizens and representatives alike.
Jacob Strunk - Lead Film and Video Producer and Board Advisor
Originally from Wisconsin, Strunk has spent a lifetime telling important stories, often with heart. His films have screened in competitions worldwide. He has short-listed distinguished awards in fiction and won filmmaking grants from Kodak and Fotokem. Strunk has guest-lectured on filmmaking at festivals and universities across the country and holds a BA in film production and an MFA in creative writing. He lives in Los Angeles. In 2016, he produced and directed The Comics Trip, a travel show exploring comic book stores and creators across the country, for Lionsgate/Comic-Con HQ. He also directed An Elder Man, and co-produced and directed The Green Standard, a documentary on cannabis has been garnering awards on the festival circuit since its 2016 premiere. Other recent clients include Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Industries, Legendary Pictures, Disney, The Jim Henson Company, Lionsgate Entertainment, Mission Control Media, The Music Center, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Escapist, Defy Media, Screen Junkies, Awkward Family Photos, the Mona Lisa Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Strunk has a nose for a great story, visuals and musical elements. He also plays in a band, which is cool, but most important to RPM is that he has marched across Mexican deserts, Colombian hills, the streets of Houston and a thousand hard-to-find places—and always finds a way to tell the stories of the people who really know what's going on and have lived the life.
Denise Villamil - Researcher, Youth Development and Community Empowerment Advisor
Villamil is currently a program manager for GRYD Prevention Services at Alma Family Services and has worked with the GRYD program for 9 years. Her passion to serve at-risk youth and mission to help minimize youth incarceration has led to her work with various gang prevention efforts. Villamil attended California State University at Northridge and earned her Bachelor's degree in Chicano Studies and Master's degree in Public Administration. She has worked for nonprofits serving the San Fernando Valley and Eastside communities of Los Angeles, and also worked for the Mayor's Office of Public Safety as a Regional Program Coordinator providing oversight and support for agencies providing GRYD prevention and intervention services throughout the city. Villamil has also traveled to Guatemala as a Mayor's Representative to provide training for primary prevention providers. Last fall, she began consulting independently and began to collaborate in El Salvador on violence-reduction strategies. She is a founding board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Perris and an executive board member for Girls Today Women Tomorrow. As a family ambassador for KIPP LA Schools Region she is a representative for families and advocates for educational opportunities in low-income communities. Villamil is both motivating and resilient, which is critical, but she is also keenly analytical and curious about evidence-based programs, when evaluative neutrality is essential.
Anya Titova - Researcher, cannabis and other drug policy
Since moving to California, Titova has worked in cannabis in several different capacities, including advocacy, research, and dispensary transactions. Titova is a Master of Public Policy student at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her policy interests include drug policy reform (concentrating on cannabis legalization), social justice issues, and transportation. Originally from Maine, she received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Gender Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2015. In 2017 she worked as an intern for the California Minority Alliance, a cannabis trade organization devoted to equitable policies for cannabis legalization and regulation. Her work included researching local regulations, drafting program models for social equity measures, and creating maps of cannabis enforcement in Los Angeles. Over the summer she also provided testimony to both the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County regarding cannabis regulation.