Who We Are
Rob Paral is a writer, analyst and communicator with many years of experience working in community development, human services, and immigrant integration. Rob is principal of Rob Paral and Associates, a consulting firm that helps philanthropic foundations, service organizations and government agencies understand the communities they serve through applied research methods.
Prior to establishing Rob Paral and Associates in 1998, Rob was Research Director at the Latino Institute in Chicago, and was the Senior Research Associate of the Washington, DC office of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He has held research fellowships at the American Immigration Law Foundation, the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame University, and Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has also been a visiting scholar at DePaul University.
Michael Norkewicz is a data analyst and computer programmer with three decades of experience. His previous employers include municipal government, a federally-funded agency, a large university, and a minority research organization. He enjoys working with large data sets including the federal census, current population surveys and supplements, immigration data, and health data.