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.
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!
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.