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.

Matan BenYishay, Vice President

Matan BenYishay is the Director of Program Evaluation at Pine Street Inn. In this role, he oversees data collection, data analysis, and program evaluation activities at PSI. Previously, Matan served as the Program Evaluation Manager at AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, a division of Fenway Health. His evaluation work focuses on housing, homelessness, substance use, behavioral health, and social determinants of health; he attempts to incorporate an equity lens to these subject areas. Matan has a B.A. in Sociology and Government from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management, with a concentration in poverty alleviation.

Elizabeth Brown, Clerk

Elizabeth W. Brown is an independent evaluation consultant who has evaluated public health programs for nearly 20 years. Working primarily with the public sector, Elizabeth’s work has spanned multiple content areas, including youth development, school-based health, homelessness prevention, and, most recently, culturally and linguistically appropriate health services. Elizabeth is skilled in participatory evaluation using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and is experienced in developing program monitoring systems. She earned her B.A. in Third World Studies from William Smith College, her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Health, and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Administration from UMass Boston.

Eileen Marra, Treasurer

Eileen G. Marra is the Director of Evaluation & Strategy at Hearth, an organization dedicating to eliminating homelessness among older adults. Her work focuses on defining, operationalize, growing, and communicating the impact of Hearth's work through program evaluation and strategic planning.

Eileen holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University with a Certificate in Gerontological Social Work as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University in both Psychology and Social Work. Eileen lives with her husband and dog in Cambridge, MA. 

Bryan Hall, Communications Chair

Bryan Hall is the Director for Evaluation at BELL, a national non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that delivers evidence-based out-of-school time programming to children in grades pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade living in under-resourced communities. In his role, he directs and manages all internal and external assessment and program evaluation activities across the organization. Bryan received his B.A. in Political Science from Siena College and a M.S. in Applied Nutrition and Social Science Food Policy from Tufts University.

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.

Susan Putnins, DEI Co-Chair

Susan uses evaluation and group facilitation in service of equity, community voice, and well-being. As Evaluation Consultant for MXM Research Group, she works with community coalitions and organizations to evaluate social change efforts, particularly around social determinants of health. She has previously worked as an internal evaluator, clinical social worker, and nonprofit program manager. Susan also enjoys writing and playing music, spending time in nature, and connecting with loved ones. Susan earned her MSW at Simmons University and BA in Neurobiology at Harvard University.

Noe Medina, DEI Co-Chair

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, andstate agencies. He has designed and facilitated collaborative, culturally-responsiveevaluations 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.

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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