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As Evaluation Coordinator, I work to support all the foundation’s programs in addition to working as a consultant for other conservation nonprofits and partnerships. When consulting on a project, I may be invited to help with one aspect of evaluation, or may work with staff or clients from start to finish. Steps typically include identifying questions, designing an evaluation framework, selecting methods to measure impact, developing data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, interview guides), collecting and analyzing data, reporting findings, and helping stakeholders interpret them. I love to explore data and learn about the tools and programming that people are using to address conservation issues.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry (ecosystem management and restoration) at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2004, and a graduate degree in the human dimensions of natural resources from UW-Stevens Point in 2010. Since then, most of my time at the Leopold Foundation has focused on evaluating partnership initiatives such as My Wisconsin Woods and the Driftless Forest Network, and interventions designed to connect private landowners with resources to help them manage their land. As a trained forester and private landowner, this is a topic of personal and professional interest to me.
My early years at the foundation, first as a stewardship fellow (2005 to 2006) and then as Stewardship Coordinator (2006 to 2015), helped me better understand ecology and the practices and tools needed to manage land. With this came a deep curiosity about how individuals develop their land ethic and how it translates into caring for land… this continues to fuel my commitment to evaluating programs designed to do just that.