Who I Am

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My Consulting Principles

Participatory Approach. I engage multiple stakeholders to help design, evaluate, and make decisions about programs. I am particularly committed to seeking out the often-overlooked voices of intended beneficiaries.

Utilization Focus. I believe that data and evaluation should be useful for learning and decision-making. I am committed to providing services that fulfill these purposes.

Capacity Building. Program evaluation and research provides a terrific learning opportunity. When I work with you, I am committed to you learning from the process as well as the products. 


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My Interests

I have a particular passion for nutrition, food systems, and agriculture, which lie at the nexus of healthy people and a healthy planet. Beyond that interest, I know that there are many other ways to go about benefitting people and the planet – so reach out and tell me about your work!


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Where I Come From

My professional training is in public health, first at Emory University and then at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During this time I worked in the US, Uganda, and Bolivia, and I received the Eugene J. Gangarosa Award for excellence in global health. I studied public health because I see health and illness as key manifestations of justice and injustice.

Before that, I studied biology at Lewis & Clark College, completing three research internships. I even got to be a marine biologist for a summer! I studied biology to better understand and help conserve the wonders of the natural world. 

And before that, I grew up in a picturesque town of 100 people in central Idaho. Here is where I developed the value of stewardship towards other people and this planet we all share.