Executive Committee

Min Ma, President

Min has led research and evaluation projects in the social sector for more than 15 years - from evaluating community health coalitions in the United States to designing child labor prevention programs in East Africa. Min practices culturally responsive and equitable evaluation and draws from a broad range of evaluation, social science, and human-centered design methods. She is a data and tech nerd, loves dabbling in information design, and is an aspiring polyglot. Min received her MA at Tufts University and her BA at Haverford College.

Patrick Kinner, Vice President

Patrick has been a program evaluator for more than 12 years and currently works as an external consultant. He works on evaluation and needs assessment projects in public health, community health, healthcare systems, education, and behavioral health and substance use across the country. The thread connecting all of his work is the desire to elevate community voices, building evaluation capacity through participatory engagement, and using mixed methods data to enhance the services that improve people's lives. Before joining GBEN, Patrick was one of the founders of the Vermont Evaluation Network. He also worked as a licensed mental health professional for many years before becoming an evaluator.

Noe Medina, Clerk

Noe J. Medina has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. He established Education Policy Research (www.eprconsulting.net) in 1986 as an independent consulting firm to provide evaluation services to school districts, charter schools, higher education institutions, museums, non-profit organizations, and state agencies. He has designed and facilitated collaborative, culturally-responsive evaluations of projects designed to improve student achievement, reduce at-risk behaviors among adolescents and youth, promote health and wellness among students, address skill and learning needs of school staff, increase use of computers and telecommunications in the school, and restructure the operation of schools. These projects have generally focused on the needs of communities of color and other at-risk and underserved populations.

Sylvia Pu, Treasurer

Sylvia Pu's work centers on measuring and improving school-to-career pathways through research, evaluation, and coaching. She specializes in gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing interview and survey data, and creating succinct reports to facilitate meaning-making. She has worked with underserved student populations including international students, English-as-second-language professionals in the tech industry, healthcare professionals, the Indigenous communities in New Mexico, and communities disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system, and on topics broadly related to advancing minority students through equitable school to career pathways.

Kelly Washburn, Programming Co-Chair

Kelly Washburn is Project Manager at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement (MGH CCHI). In her role, she manages research, evaluation, and needs assessment projects focused on multi-sector community coalitions. Acting as an internal evaluator, she employs a participatory, utilization-focused approach with her partners to determine the best methods needed to ensure they have the data they need to make lasting changes. Kelly received her B.S. in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida and her Master’s of Public Health from Northeastern University.

Dana Benjamin-Allen, Programming Co-Chair

Dana’s personal and professional life is rooted in service, with youth development as its hallmark. Since serving as an AmeriCorps member in 2005, she has been profoundly impacted by the power, possibility, and potential of bringing people together to solve complex challenges.  

Dana’s professional journey has included senior leadership roles at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Sarah Faude, DEI Chair

Sarah Faude joined YW Boston in July 2019 to serve as Director of Research and Evaluation, where she supports four programs (FYRE, InclusionBoston, LeadBoston, and UncoverBoston) to effectively measure and communicate their impact. She also supports YW Boston in equitable data collection, management, and dissemination practices. She came to this work with over a decade of research, writing, and teaching experience at the intersection of institutions and racial inequality, particularly in education. Her research has been published in the journals Educational Policy and Sociology of Education, and featured in Chalkbeat and the Boston Globe.

Daniel Parmer, Membership Co-Chair

Daniel is the Director, Research and Evaluation at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. In his role, Daniel helps develop clear and measurable outcomes to assess the impact of CJP’s grantmaking strategies and investments and leads in the design and implementation of several large-scale evaluations around mental health and anti-poverty initiatives. Daniel has nearly 20 years of experience in survey research and evaluation including program evaluation, needs assessment, and demographic studies. Daniel received his PhD in Social Policy and Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University

Patricia Dao-Tran, Membership Co-Chair

Trish is the founder & principal consultant of the resonance data collective (www.resonancedata.org). Through her consulting practice, she helps grassroot and grasstop collaborators address systemic and structural root causes that create the inequitable health, education, and community outcomes experienced by our neighbors, friends, and colleagues with minority or historically marginalized backgrounds. 

Trish draws from a broad range of developmental, participatory, and design-thinking approaches to ground her data strategy, evaluation, and sense-making practice in equity and justice. Over the last 15 years, she has scaffolded community coalition & systems change efforts for cradle-to-career, social emotional learning, school health, food system, and collective impact initiatives in diverse non-profit, government, and cross-sector contexts. Trish received her BA from Tufts University and MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine & The Friend School of Nutrition Science and Policy. 

Chantal Hoff, Membership Co-Chair

For the past 10 years, I have worked in academia and the non-profit sector conducting applied research and evaluation with the goal of improving the health and well-being of communities. Through these experiences, I have refined my ability to ask good questions, create processes that are efficient and replicable, and respond to ambiguity with curiosity, creativity, and a sense of humor. Examples of my past and current projects include: summative evaluation of community asthma programs, formative evaluation of a trauma-informed school training program and online resource center, qualitative evaluation of a national childhood obesity program, and user research for a tech start-up.

Recently, I’ve been exploring participatory, arts-based and UX research methodologies to better incorporate the voices of individuals and communities in the design of the products and services they use. This is an active area of learning for me, and I love connecting with people to hear what’s worked for them. If this sounds like you, please send me a message and get in touch!

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