Who We Are


Seri Irazola, PhD

Dr. Seri Irazola is the co-founder and CEO of GSD and has 20 years of experience in social science research. She has worked as a researcher, consultant, and as a high-level Federal government employee. Prior to forging GSD, she served as Director of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) at the Department of Justice (DOJ). In this capacity, she oversaw three research divisions that accounted for all social science research funded and produced by the DOJ. She has been the Principal Investigator and Project Director for multiple projects funded by the DOJ in the areas of victim services, diversion, pre-trial, and forensics; the DoD; FEMA; and efforts for other public agencies and private organizations such as the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the Newseum Institute, the Pew Research Center, and the Deltek Corporation.

Prior to her position at the DOJ, Seri served as a Senior Manager and the Domain Lead of ICF International’s Research and Evaluation team. She has also worked as a Researcher for the Urban Institute, and she began her career as a Statistician for the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) - an agency within the DOJ. She has a PhD and MS from American University in Washington, DC, and her BS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Mary Beth Lombardo, M.A

Ms. Mary Beth Lombardo is the co-founder of GSD and is the Director of Business Development. She has over ten years of experience in business development and applied social science research. Mary Beth has worked extensively in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, working with clients ranging from the DOJ, DoD, FEMA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ChildFund International, the Smithsonian, Wayfair, TIKI, BP, McDonald's, Yahoo!,the Altria Group, and McGraw-Hill. She began her career as a researcher with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), where her work included research on the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X), the use of body armor, the health and well-being of law enforcement officers, and the curriculum in police training academies. Prior to her work at GSD, she was responsible for overseeing coordination, management, and preparation for proposals for federal agencies, in addition to identifying strategic areas and opportunities of future pursuit

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Jarred Williams, PhD (ABD)

Jarred is currently the Director of Special Projects for GSD. He joined GSD in April 2019 to devote his time on closing and repurposing correctional facilities across the US. Prior to joining GSD, Jarred was the Director of Research at the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. He has also served as a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow with Open Society Foundations. His Fellowship project pioneered the use of data to help close and repurpose correctional facilities. Jarred collected the first comprehensive list of closed correctional facilities to analyze the social and economic consequences of prison closure. Owing in large part to this fellowship opportunity, he has become a leader in the field of prison closure and repurposing.

With 10 years of experience conducting criminal justice and policy research, his passion derives from his personal relationship with the criminal justice system. At age 19, he was incarcerated for nonviolent felonies. This experience taught him the devastating consequences associated with mass incarceration. He has since dedicated his life to bringing about an equitable criminal justice system. Jarred has successfully contracted with and consulted for a wide range of diverse stakeholders, including: state, local and federal government entities, departments of correction, non-profit and private sector organizations, universities, and foundations.