Korwin Consulting works closely with a broad and varied network of staff and 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.
Nico Herzenstein Punkar
Evaluation and Operations Assistant
Nico Herzenstein Punkar, Evaluator/Project Lead
Nico Punkar (they/them) has nearly six years of experience as an evaluator — bringing strong writing skills, data analysis, data visualization, project management, and evaluation tool development to our work. They are passionate about supporting clients to embody their values and maximize their impact by providing them with meaningful, accessible, and actionable insights about their work. Nico has played key roles in evaluation projects with clients including Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Groundswell Fund, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, and the New York Women’s Foundation.
Nico has a background in research, public policy, and youth development and has worked with public health organizations to develop innovative solutions and implement policies that improve access and quality of care for low-income populations. They have mentored youth to provide energy efficiency services and resources with Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, a community-based organization that provides career training to youth and free energy audits. They provided in-depth 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 reforms in the California Department of Juvenile Justice. Nico holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Queer Studies from UC Irvine, and is currently earning an Executive Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at CU Denver. They enjoy exploring the great outdoors and have travelled extensively to continually learn and broaden their worldview.
Arica Berry, EvaluatorArica Berry (she/her) brings insightful attention and a commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement to all of Korwin Consulting’s projects. She has over 12 years of experience working in nonprofits and higher education. She has developed, evaluated, and analyzed programs; designed curricula and workshops; and was the project lead in various workforce development initiatives. Her work has also led her to mobilizing volunteers to assess and identify community needs that propelled them to take steps toward rebuilding neighborhoods across the country. Colleagues describe her as focused, driven, and a critical thinker with a strong work ethic that consistently delivers excellence. Arica’s passion and inspiration stem from a quote by Mary Church Terrel: “Lift as You Climb.” It is this quote that has served as the catalyst not only for her previous work, but for her projects with Korwin Consulting, including the Groundswell Reproductive Justice and Groundswell Liberation Fund evaluations, developing theories of change and conducting analyses for initiatives of the New York Women’s Foundation, and leading a focus group and presenting impact findings for Forward Together related to the Stepping Into Power initiative. She is proud to be supporting organizations working for social justice and policy change in their communities. Arica received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She enjoys reading, running, singing in her Church choir, and caring for her two boys.
Cynthia Surya, Evaluation and Operations AssistantCynthia Surya (she/her) is an open-minded individual with a strong willingness to learn that allows her to tailor her skills to meet the unique needs of Korwin Consulting and our clients. With a background in communications and research, she has developed strong writing skills, great attention to detail, and analytical skills to detect patterns, interpret, and communicate data. She is experienced in data visualization as well as project and team management. Cynthia obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University, where she focused on communication strategies, social justice movements, and environmental and gender studies. She enjoys building relationships and expanding her worldview through her love for traveling. She is passionate about helping create a better world for all through community healing and systems change. She volunteers for nonprofit organizations, such as GLIDE San Francisco and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.
Justin Nalley, Evaluator/Project LeadJustin Nalley (he/him) is an experienced researcher and evaluator, applying these analytical skills to advance social justice in the nonprofit and public sectors. Justin builds relationships at the grassroots and grasstops levels to advocate for change through coalition facilitation and project management. As an evaluator with Korwin Consulting, Justin focuses on qualitative and quantitative evaluation and program design so that our clients, including Driving Force Group, Women’s Funding Network, and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, are equipped with information to create systemic changes. Justin worked with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct an impact evaluation through the federal Investment in Innovation grant on an early childhood literacy program. He has also worked with Psychometric Solutions to evaluate a workforce development program ensuring that justice-impacted individuals in Virginia have access to education and training. In his public sector capacity, Justin evaluated budget allocations for academic programs within an urban school district for equitable distribution of funding. In addition to Korwin Consulting, Justin works at a nonprofit as a policy analyst, where he handles budgetary analysis at the local and state level, drafts legislation, and lobbies state elected officials on civil rights and civil liberties issues. This work includes advocating for issues such as: equitable funding of public schools, expanding discrimination protections in public schools for gender identity, and the requirement of attorney presence at youth interrogations. Justin studied at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Temple University and master’s public administration from West Chester University. Justin is a member of the American Evaluation Association.
Alexandra DelValle, Evaluator/Evaluation StrategistAlexandra DelValle, (she/her) brings more than a decade of experience within philanthropy and social justice movements to the Korwin Consulting team. Through her work at the Groundswell Fund and Third Wave Foundation, Alex led efforts to resource and build the capacity of reproductive and gender justice movements in the US and organized funders to increase their giving to the reproductive justice sector. Her analytical approach to interpreting and communicating data helps community and philanthropic leaders understand how to turn evaluation findings into concrete steps toward their goals. In addition to her work with Korwin Consulting, Alex supports foundations, individual donors, and nonprofits to strengthen their work and more deeply live into reproductive justice values.
Robin Horner, PrincipalRobin Horner (she/her) 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. An associate and evaluation manager with Korwin Consulting since 2003, she is the firm’s current principal and owner. 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. She has expertise in building clients’ capacity to design flexible and responsive learning strategies that center community voices and equity principles, participate in assessing the impact of their work, and use evaluation findings to help build more effective and sustainable initiatives. She designed workshops and convenings to help the California Youth Connection, Positive Women’s Network-USA, and economic justice grantees of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi to build their internal evaluative culture and has led strategic learning and theory of change development with the New York Women’s Foundation. In addition to her work with Korwin Consulting, Robin has worked on projects with other evaluation teams and independently. She holds a master’s in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations from San Francisco State University and is a member of the American Evaluation Association. She has worked as a teacher (K-12, including underserved youth) and done paid and unpaid work with organizations addressing gender justice, mental health, and public health issues. She has a background in and ongoing passion for the performing arts and is a lifelong learner of language, culture, and social justice.
Korwin Consulting was established by Lisa Korwin, as a way to put her deep commitment to equity and social justice into action. Under her leadership for over 20 years, Korwin Consulting provided evaluation, strategy, and capacity-building services to hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies. By the time of her retirement, she had developed a nationally respected firm and cultivated high standards of professionalism and a consistent commitment to justice and equity among her staff. These values are upheld by Korwin Consulting, LLC today.