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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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The Catalyst Fund is a prime example of Lisa’s ability to instill a culture of evaluation and commitment to data-driven strategic practice. Over the past several years, Lisa and her team have partnered with Groundswell Fund to gather and analyze one of the longest-running and largest data sets on reproductive justice in the U.S.

As evaluator and strategic partner of the Partnership for Women’s Prosperity—a philanthropic community of practice working to move the needle on women’s economic security in six high poverty communities—Lisa works closely with the partners to identify promising practices, understand the collective impact that their foundations are having, and to examine the work through a systems change framework.

Previously, Lisa was the director of a domestic violence agency, and later a housing/homeless services provider. She was manager of a philanthropic think tank on civic engagement, and served as chair of a countywide homeless coalition. As a board member of an innovative provider supporting transition-age foster youth, she served on both the governance and program evaluation committees. Together, these experiences position Lisa to understand both the practical and theoretical implications informing system change efforts.

 


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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As an evaluator, Robin starts by listening to clients and understanding the “big picture” of where they are and what they need to learn in order to bring about meaningful change at individual, community, institutional, or systemic levels. In addition to her work with Korwin Consulting, she has collaborated on projects with other evaluation teams and independently, enjoying the sharing and learning of new ideas that result from these experiences. Robin holds a master’s in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations from San Francisco State University. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association. She has worked as a teacher (K-12, including drop-out, court-referred, and otherwise marginalized and at-risk youth) and worked or volunteered with organizations addressing mental health and public health issues. She continues to mentor and provide academic support for children and youth in formal and informal settings. She has a background in and ongoing passion for the performing arts and is a lifelong learner of language, culture, and social justice.

 


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

Ana Estrada Daniels 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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Her commitment to service was sparked during her AmeriCorps national service years with the National Civilian Community Corps as a Corps member, team leader, and eventually the assistant project director for training for the Pacific Region. Through her roles, she built cross sector partnerships, supported the leadership and career development of members, and tracked the impact of national service projects and training.

Ana holds a master of public administration degree from University of Southern California and a bachelor of art in economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has studied abroad in Mexico, Spain, and Brazil. Currently, she chairs the AmeriCorps Alums National Advisory Council and is a fellow in the Annie E. Casey 2015 Social Sector Talent Pipeline Strategy and Learning Lab as a representative of AmeriCorps Alums.  She has also served on other community boards, such as: Wind Youth Services, the Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and AmeriCorps Alums Sacramento (as chapter leader). She was selected as a national 2013 Judith O’Connor Scholar through BoardSource and a 2011 Rising Star through ASPA’s Sacramento Chapter.

 


IMG_0097Sarah Carlberg, Administrative and Evaluation Assistant

Sarah Carlberg brings a wealth of operations and evaluation experience to Korwin Consulting. As an operations manager, she has designed, implemented and supported operational infrastructure with various non-profit organizations and consulting firms. A values-driven professional, she focuses her skills to support social justice work, especially in the areas of women’s health and education. With a strong commitment to building data-driven evaluation cultures, she has envisioned and initiated program evaluations with the Bay Area Book Festival and has supported evaluation efforts in various non-profit and governmental organizations.

With Resource Development Associates, Sarah managed data-collection for Santa Clara County’s 2013 LGBTQ Health Assessment. Through this experience, Sarah developed an appreciation for the importance of taking a collaborative approach to evaluation design. Working with the LGBTQ community, she was able to gather and implement effective outreach strategies. She has taken this collaborative approach through all of her other work and was instrumental in developing a steering committee of community organizations to help guide and support the Bay Area Book Festival’s community engagement efforts. She is excited to bring her operational knowledge, data analysis skills, and collaborative approach to Korwin Consulting.

Sarah attended UC Berkeley where she studied rhetoric and comparative literature.

 


Associate Consultants

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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.

 


217d98bKenya Avant, Evaluation Assistant

Kenya Avant, MPP/MSW, has a background in social policy and research with a focus on education. She provides data analysis and evaluation support for Korwin Consulting. Kenya is motivated by a desire to positively impact the lives of young people through education, access, and equity through her work. Solutions-oriented, Kenya has extensive experience providing performance management support to a variety of organizations, working with stakeholders to identify areas of focus, establish goals, and develop progress monitoring systems. No matter the work in which she is engaged, Kenya helps organizations build a culture of shared responsibility, intentional data-use, and data-informed decision-making from the ground up.

Kenya has developed expertise in a variety of areas, such as early childhood education, K-8 education, strategies for eliminating academic performance gaps, effective English language learner programs, and community development. She regularly conducts program evaluations, develops evaluation protocols and instruments, and uses them in her work. Kenya is currently the district data coordinator for Somerville Public Schools, where she is leading the development of a coordinated data system to streamline the collection, access, and use of the district’s education, financial, and human resource data. She has also revamped the district’s school improvement planning process, each year coordinating and leading eleven district teams through the planning process. Kenya obtained her undergraduate degree in sociology from Princeton University and her graduate degrees in social work and public policy from the University of Michigan.