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Korwin Consulting works closely with a broad and varied network of consultants bringing diverse languages, cultures, and other key skills and experience to each initiative. This collaborative model allows us to pull together the right team at the right time.

 


Lisa-imageLisa Korwin, Principal and Founder

Over the past 25 years, Lisa has provided evaluation, strategy, and capacity-building services to more than 200 nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies.

With a deep commitment to equity and social justice, Lisa works closely with organizations throughout the country to gather and interpret actionable data that informs strategic practice. She has assisted numerous organizations in building their evaluative culture. Through training, coaching, and development of systems, Lisa recognizes the importance that critical thinking and analysis—hallmarks of evaluation—play in supporting effective and sustainable interventions and advocacy campaigns.

With a master’s degree in public administration and an emphasis in organizational development, Lisa combines the wisdom gained from managing several mid-sized consulting firms with the individualized attention of a smaller company. She is an active member of the American Evaluation Association, the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, and the Progressive Consultants Network. Lisa has presented workshops and trainings on evaluation-related topics for students, staff, and organizations including UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and the Haas School of Business Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, the American Evaluation Association Conference, and the Women’s Funding Network.

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New Photo Oct2015_warmer2Robin Horner, Evaluation Manager

Robin Horner is an experienced evaluator with strong skills in analytical inquiry, project and team management, writing, communication, and the development of quantitative and qualitative evaluation tools. She has been an associate with Korwin Consulting since 2003 and works on all aspects of evaluations. Robin has expertise in building clients’ capacity to identify evaluation needs, to design flexible and personalized evaluation plans and tools, to participate in assessing the process and impact of their work, and to use evaluation findings for program improvement and sustainability. She is especially adept at developing and facilitating workshops and trainings to build skills and understanding related to evaluation. She took the lead in developing and delivering a series of trainings on deepening the evaluative culture at the California Youth Connection and, more recently, in trainings for economic justice grantee cohorts of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota on how to conduct evaluations and use a gender lens in the design of theories of change and evaluations. Her project management, organization and analysis of data, and professional team mentorship are integral to our work.

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Estrada, Ana_Korwin-Website-Photo_[091515]Ana Estrada, Evaluation Associate

Ana Estrada has over fifteen years of working with individuals, teams, organizations and communities to develop their capacity to lead and influence at all levels. Ana accomplishes this by building relationships with clients to gain an understanding of their challenges, opportunities and desired impact while looking across their evolving landscape. The drive behind her work is a desire to create equitable environments where all people have the opportunity to thrive. As a junior associate for Korwin Consulting, Ana focuses on qualitative evaluation with philanthropy, nonprofits and public sector organizations to equip them with information they can use to leverage their influence and create systemic changes. Ana has played key roles in evaluation efforts with clients such as National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Partnership for Women’s Prosperity, and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.

Throughout her career, Ana has designed and delivered educational programs and capacity building support for nonprofits, foundations and public agencies. She specializes in program evaluation, leadership and career development, building networks, community outreach, and strategic frameworks. Most recently Ana was part of the planning team for the Better Together: California Teachers Summit, which was “an unprecedented event led for teachers, by teachers, and designed to build a better future for California students while creating stronger teacher communities.” Previously, Ana worked with an organizational effectiveness consulting group and the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy to design and deliver executive leadership programs and provide support for organizational effectiveness. One of her major contributions was leading the Sierra Health Foundation’s Alumni Health Leadership Program to provide resources, leadership development and networking opportunities to build this network of over 250 nonprofit executives.

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Punkar,Sophie_Korwin-Website-Photo_010716Sophie Punkar, Administrative and Evaluation Assistant

Sophie Punkar has worn a number of different hats in organizations focused on education, youth development, and research. Sophie contributes to Korwin Consulting her skills in writing, administration, and data analysis. She is excited to be a part of a team that supports organizations to build evaluative, data-driven cultures and practices.

Sophie attended UC Irvine, where she held leadership positions in organizations associated with the LGBT Center, supported and developed research projects, and earned a bachelor of art in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Queer Studies. She provided in-depth quantitative and qualitative data analysis for the UC Irvine Department of Criminology, Law and Society for a project researching violence among youth in detention facilities to inform preventative reforms in the California Department of Juvenile Justice. Through her involvement in this project she was awarded an undergraduate research fellowship to pursue her own research focused on attitudes toward masculinity as it relates to violence in detention facilities. Sophie has also mentored youth to provide energy efficiency services and resources with Rising Sun Energy Center in Berkeley, an organization that provides career training to youth and free energy audits to the community. She recruited volunteers with the OUSD Family Engagement Unit, where she gained experience in community outreach and youth development. A proud bay area native, Sophie has travelled extensively to continually learn and broaden her worldview.

 


Associate Consultants

image002Leslie R. Brown, Evaluation Associate

Leslie Brown, based in Oakland, provides innovative leadership development, evaluation, and organizational coaching and consulting. She has over 15 years of experience working as an activist, evaluator, and trainer. Leslie also has over 13 years of experience working in the nonprofit field, including 7 years in capacity building firms; which allowed her to develop a vast knowledge of sustainable organizational development and evaluation strategies. Leslie’s consultancy specializes in organizational and leadership coaching, evaluation design and analysis, curriculum development, training, and event/program planning. She partners closely with nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sector leaders developing viable systems, practices, and evaluations that enhance the impact of individuals, teams, and organizations.

Throughout her career Leslie has played a key role in several organizations, including the United Way Bay Area, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Project Homeless Connect, New Detroit Coalition, National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, the San Francisco Unified School District and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, among others. Leslie currently works as the director of coaching at Beyond Emancipation, an organization dedicated to supporting next-generation leadership for former foster youth. She also serves as a member/trainer of the Leadership That Works Coaches Circle, a group that is dedicated to supporting leadership development within the field of coaching.

Leslie is a resident of sometimes-sunny Oakland, California, which she’s called home for the past five years. She received her master’s in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit leadership from the University of Michigan and her coaching certificate from Leadership that Works, a program that emphasizes social justice and cultural competence. In her free time, she enjoys eating great food, crafting, and spending time laughing with family and friends.

 


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Sarah Duffy, Evaluation Associate

Sarah Duffy, MPP, has almost a decade of experience in public sector program evaluation and policy analysis. Sarah’s background is grounded in the social sector, working with both qualitative and quantitative analytical methods to better understand the impact of programs for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. She is experienced in developing survey, interview, and focus group protocols; primary data collection through administrative databases; conducting focus groups and interviews with diverse stakeholders and constituents; and completing content and statistical analysis. Sarah is committed to using sound evaluation to positively inform policy and programmatic decisions that impact low-income families, health and human services, and children and families.

Most recently, Sarah has overseen the evaluations of out-of-school time programs serving San Francisco’s elementary, middle and high school aged youth for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. For the past several years, Sarah has worked with Korwin Consulting to review the annual results of Groundswell Fund’s Catalyst Fund grant making. Sarah has also served as a budget and legislative analyst for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and worked as a  human services analyst with Mathmatica Policy Research, where she analyzed locally and federally funded education initiatives. Sarah received graduate training in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley and in English at Stanford University.

 


image002Lizette I. Pérez, Esq., Evaluation Associate

Lizette’s commitment to social justice has been fortified by her work over the past 15 years in non-profits, the public sector, education, and immigration and juvenile law. Prior to joining Korwin Consulting, Lizette worked with vulnerable populations ranging from youth involved in the juvenile court system at the San Diego CHOICE program, as an intake case coordinator to undocumented immigrants and asylees at Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), and at Pangea Legal Services as a law clerk.

In her work with Korwin Consulting, Lizette combines her skills in critical thinking, data analysis, writing, and communication to provide clients with useful and succinct findings to promote their work in systems change and program improvement. Lizette has contributed to evaluation projects with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Heath, Groundswell Fund, and the Women’s Foundation of California. This work has cemented her belief in the transformative role that community-based organizations play in mobilizing communities for local change and, in turn, larger policy advancement.

Lizette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a minor in Social Work from San Diego State University. She recently earned a Juris Doctor degree with a certificate in Public Interest Law from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

In her spare time, Lizette likes to take long walks, bask in the sunshine, travel, read, and discover new cuisine.