Ranada brings to the Market Street team a love for research that stems from her integrated background of math, computer science, risk management and insurance, and urban policy. In addition to providing quantitative and qualitative data analysis to client projects, she is also a resource for other research staff. As Research Manager, Ranada has served as lead researcher on a wide array of projects as well as providing research oversight, designing staff training, and evaluating current and potential research tools and resources. Ranada has worked in a diverse array of client communities, from cities such as St. Petersburg, Florida, to counties such as Decatur-Morgan County, Alabama and Fayette County, Georgia, regions such as Des Moines, Iowa and San Marcos, Texas, to state-level projects, such as Missouri.
Ranada holds a Master of Science in Urban Policy Studies with specializations in policy analysis and economic development and planning and a Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance from Georgia State University. Ranada is also a graduate of Tougaloo College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science. She has completed the IEDC Basic Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech, and she has received certification from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).
Involved in community service, Ranada is active in several organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2016, she was inducted into the Tougaloo College Inaugural Class of 40 Under 40 for her career achievements as well as her alumni leadership. In 2015, Ranada was selected from 300 applicants to participate in the Next City Vanguard conference in Reno, Nevada, where she worked with fellow urban leaders to brainstorm ideas using tactical urbanism for Reno redevelopment projects. When she’s not working at Market Street or in her community, she is planning her next trip. Her favorite cities are her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; and Paris, France.