Principal, Metro Metrics LLC
Annette B. Mattei is a research consultant with more than 20 years of experience supporting non-profit organizations and government programs in developing and executing research projects and other mission-related activities. She is Principal of Metro Metrics LLC, a woman-owned, independent research consulting practice based in Philadelphia, PA. Annette has completed a range of research projects, from large-scale regional economic impact studies, to sector analyses, to organizational-level strategic plans and program evaluations. Her areas of research focus include arts and culture, innovation and entrepreneurship, higher education, talent attraction and retention, workforce development, early childhood education, financial empowerment, demographics, and the Philadelphia region’s economic development. Before becoming an independent consultant, Annette served as Director of Research for the Eastern Division of the Pennsylvania Economy League (PEL; now known as the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia), the Commonwealth’s leading regionally based statewide public policy organization. As Director of Research, she was actively engaged in the development, execution, and management of PEL’s project portfolio, involved in setting the organization’s research agenda, and responsible for the administrative management of PEL’s projects.
Annette is currently involved with several on-going projects. She is serving as Project Coordinator for The Paschalville Partnership, a collective impact initiative spearheaded by the Free Library of Philadelphia that is working to transform services for job seekers. In this role, she convened and facilitated the development of a common agenda aligned with the principles of “collective impact” and is now coordinating its implementation on behalf of the Free Library and 10 community-based organizations and city agencies. She also is serving as Project Manager for the Data That Moves Us initiative, a project of The Graduate! Network, a national collaboration of regionally based initiatives working to make it possible for every adult to go back and finish college. In this role, she is facilitating the work of a national advisory board, which is charged with evaluating the network’s shared measurement system and developing recommendations to leverage it in support of significant growth projected over the next five years.
Other recently completed research projects include: Choosing Philadelphia, a report on the findings of a survey of recent graduates from Philadelphia’s colleges and universities, conducted and analyzed on behalf of Campus Philly (released in December 2014); and, a two-year formative evaluation of Philadelphia’s Financial Empowerment Center, a major city initiative that provides free one-on-one financial counseling to city residents in an effort to strengthen financial security (reports completed in April 2014 and April 2015).
Among other research areas of focus, Annette has extensive experience completing research projects on the non-profit arts and culture sector. Her first major project on arts and culture was at PEL in 1998, where she served as lead researcher for Greater Philadelphia’s Competitive Edge: The Nonprofit Culture Industry and its Economic Value to the Region. Among other research tasks, she helped design, administer, and analyze the results of a survey of close to 300 arts and culture organizations, working closely with many to complete the survey. PEL’s arts and culture survey was the precursor to the Cultural Data Project (CDP), a national organization buttressing the non-profit arts and culture sector with a unique system capturing financial, programmatic, and operational data. Coming full circle, Annette provided research assistance to CDP in 2015. Specifically, she assisted CDP in compiling and analyzing the full set of CDP organizational data, helping to create a 10-year review of CDP’s activities. This first-ever report provided deeper insight into the arts and culture organizations populating CDP’s system: the rich variety of organizations pursuing arts and cultural missions; their patterns of and recent trends in spending, revenue-generation, and employment; and, the drivers of their sector. The report also took a careful look at organizational performance in the post-recession economy and cast its view to where CDP is heading in the coming years.
In recent years, Annette also has provided significant research assistance to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the region’s premiere organization championing arts and culture and supporting more than 400 member organizations. In 2014, Metro Metrics under Annette’s leadership was selected by the Cultural Alliance to provide on-going research support for Portfolio, its nationally recognized series of signature reports. The 2014 Portfolio was an exhaustive analysis of the sector’s health and performance and featured a special focus on a distinct set of organizations that managed to navigate the aftermath of the recession while increasing paid attendance, expanding spending, and balancing budgets. In 2015, Annette worked with the Cultural Alliance on 2015 Portfolio: Culture Across Communities, which examined the health and scope of the nonprofit cultural sector in 11 metro regions across the country.
Annette earned an MPA and an MSES from the School of Public and Environment Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and a BA in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls and proud to have grown up in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. She served on the Board of Directors of Greene Towne School from 2008 – 2012, an independent Montessori preschool in Center City Philadelphia. As a Greene Towne Board member, she served as Secretary, Chair of the Development Committee, and EITC contact, and participated in the creation of GTS50: Greene Towne School’s Strategic Plan.