Project Management & Evaluation, Social Science, Policy | Environment, Food & Ag, Social Issues

Welcome to my professional and scholarly portfolio.

I am a social scientist with 25 years’ experience in project development, management, and evaluation, in NGO and academic contexts. I am currently an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow, hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.

In the areas of food and agriculture, social issues, and now environment, I explore the persistent question of how programs and policies can best achieve the impacts that we intend them to.

I’m driven to help organizations whose missions I support realize greater potential to effect substantive change by engaging critical partners, identifying shared goals, and collaborating to achieve results.

Food & Agriculture

I spent the first half of my professional career as a non-profit administrator, scholar, and instructor in sustainable food and agricultural systems in the Great Lakes area of the US. This experience honed a set of values and priorities: an enthusiastically collaborative approach to projects; a facilitative approach to education that engages practitioners as experts; and direct work with research participants during fieldwork.

Social Issues

These values were reinforced in my work on social issues, in particular domestic violence. Serving an interagency network of regional criminal justice and victim advocacy representatives, I conducted program and policy analysis for the internationally known Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) in Duluth, Minnesota. I managed an extensive database and produced analyses that helped improve criminal justice system policies and practices and intervention programs.

Environment: AAAS Fellowship

Having spent 20 years developing and implementing results-oriented collaborations, I turned specifically to public agency programs with an interest in helping them achieve their desired results. Since 2016, I have been pursuing that goal as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This site introduces my current work developing a practical tool to help agencies identify gaps and bottlenecks in program implementation.

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How can programs and policies best achieve the impacts that we intend them to?