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Deborah provides project leadership, backstopping, and staff management in her role as Associate Director at Innovation Network. With nearly a decade of experience in designing, implementing, and managing evaluations, Deborah brings skills in evaluation theory and design, advocacy evaluation, quantitative and qualitative methodology, and capacity building to Innovation Network partners and projects.

Coming from a background in organizational behavior and methodology, Deborah is deeply passionate about boosting organizational effectiveness through systematic inquiry. Her dissertation work examined the use of evidence-based decision making to shape professional practice in education, and identified organizational indicators that facilitate or impede data use. Deborah seeks to provide nonprofit organizations with methodologically rigorous and timely information to help them achieve their goals more effectively.

Her strong interest in improving organizational outcomes led Deborah to pursue her PhD in Social Research Methodology at UCLA. As a PhD student, she worked jointly with The Urban Institute to evaluate Best Start, a home visiting program for low-income LA communities, and aided in the creation of a variety of educational pathway programs at Pasadena Community College. In 2014, Deborah accepted a postdoctoral fellowship appointment at the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University, where she designed and implemented a mixed-methods developmental evaluation of Bass Connections, a university-wide initiative that brings together faculty and students to explore real-world issues through interdisciplinary project teams.

Since joining Innovation Network, Deborah has become increasingly interested in the advocacy field, focusing her efforts on organizing and social movements, health equity, economic justice, and consumer health advocacy. Most recently, she has been particularly invested in exploring new and innovative ways of presenting and communicating data to clients and fellow evaluators. Deborah leads and supports consulting projects with the JPB Foundation, the Center for Community Change, the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Kansas Health Foundation, Beespace, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Prior to completing her PhD, Deborah received her MA in Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Born in Uruguay and raised in the United States, Deborah has immersed herself in the culturally diverse DC community. She loves being outdoors, and happily spends her weekends hiking, biking, or just taking an easy stroll along the Georgetown waterfront.

Featured Work
  • Investigating the extent to which there is organizational capacity for civic engagement at the local, state, and national level for the JPB foundation.
  • Employing a developmental evaluation approach to assess Center for Community Change’s nationally-focused economic justice initiative.
  • Providing performance measurement and evaluation assistance to portfolios and units at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  • Exploring the functionality and connectivity of the consumer health advocacy field for the Missouri Foundation for Health.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of a NACCHO led health equity workshop in identifying the most critical and relevant information to include in a handbook on public narrative and health equity.