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  • Advisory Council

    The Measure4Change advisory council in Washington, DC, ensures that the content and programming is practical and accessible for participating nonprofits. Representatives from DC-area nonprofits meet quarterly to plan activities, foster community among participating evaluation specialists, and advise on strategic content development for the technical assistance curriculum and regional convenings. Nonprofit partner representatives on the advisory council serve two-year terms.

    Current Advisory Council Members

    Shahirah Mahmood

    Shahirah Mahmood, Director of Data Management, Measurement, and Outcomes at Easterseals DC MD VA

    Shahirah Mahmood is the Director of Data Management, Measurement, and Outcomes at Easterseals DC MD VA. She is passionate about devising creative methods to measure programmatic impact that can inform organizational learning, change, and strategy. At Easterseals, she leads and implements the organization’s evaluation and data strategy. Working across early childhood, adult, workforce development, and behavioral health programs, Shahirah leads the development of a bespoke, centralized data repository to deliver mission and operational insights and analytics. Prior to her role at Easterseals, Shahirah was an independent evaluator and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she specialized in comparative politics and research methodology.

    Scott MengebierScott Mengebier, Director of Research and Evaluation at United Way of the National Capital Area

    Scott Mengebier has led performance measurement and research for the Community Impact team at your United Way since 2021. He sets the strategic development, implementation, and alignment of data collection, analysis, and reporting for United Way’s programs and community engagement initiatives. Scott adapts principles of participatory research methodology and equitable evaluation to center the voices and lived experiences of those closest to the program’s intended impact and to promote a culturally responsive environment of transparency, authenticity, and continuous learning. Scott builds on this work from nearly ten years of experience in applied research, primarily in youth development and education. Scott holds a master’s degree in adult learning and organizational development from New York University.

    Elena Pinzon O'Quinn headshotElena Pinzon O’Quinn, Learning and Evaluation Director, LIFT

    Elena Pinzon O’Quinn is learning and evaluation director at LIFT, a national organization that partners with parents to break the cycle of poverty and build prosperity. O’Quinn manages program evaluation and learning activities across regions to grow a culture of data-driven decisionmaking. She previously led the Learning and Evaluation department at Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and has experience in mixed-methods research, evaluation capacity building, and direct program service. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and master’s degree in public health from UNC Chapel Hill.

    Andrea Scallon

    Andrea Scallon, Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning Officer, Miriam’s Kitchen

    Andrea Scallon has been a member of the performance management team at Miriam’s Kitchen since 2015 after starting as the data manager in 2013. As the data manager, she protected the integrity of all fundraising data. Now, as the measurement, evaluation, and learning officer, she sets the organization’s key outcome targets, reports data, and refines strategies to meet targets. Before joining Miriam’s Kitchen, Scallon was a senior program associate at AmericaSpeaks, where she helped conduct large-scale town meetings across the country on numerous topics. Scallon has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in urban planning, development, and design from Cleveland State University.

    Daniel Sturm headshot

    Daniel Sturm, Vice President, Maryland Food Bank

    Daniel Sturm is the Maryland Food Bank’s vice president for learning, measurement and evaluation. He passionately believes in peer-to-peer learning and resource sharing. Having worked for 10+ years as a researcher in humanitarian refugee programs (LIRS, USCCB, IOCC), employment services, housing, and hunger relief (United Way of Central Maryland, MFB), Sturm values analytical work that leads to promising practices when clear policy fixes are not always in sight. He also enjoys developing resources that make learning relevant. Sturm is a published author who has worked as a full-time reporter in the US and in Germany. He holds a master’s degree in literature and anthropology from the University of Tübingen.

    Alumni Advisory Council Members

    Katie Lu Clougherty, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, DC SCORES, 2019-2022

    Kristin Lucero-Golden, Data and Outcomes Manager, So Others Might Eat, 2019-2022

    Midas M. Hampton, National Director of Research & Evaluation, Urban Alliance, 2019-2022

    Shenandoah M. Gale, Director of Evaluation & Learning, N Street Village, 2019-2022

    Brittney Hannah, Community of Hope, 2020–21

    Danny Friel, LIFT, 2020–21

    Yuanyuan Gong, United Way of the National Capital Area, 2018–21

    Lauren Rice, Urban Alliance, 2018–21

    Dr. Holly Stevens, Director of Evaluation and Learning, Children’s Law Center, 2016–20

    BA Cockburn, Research and Quality Improvement Specialist, 2018–19

    Juan Vega, CentroNía, 2018–19

    Amy Driver, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, 2017–18

    Dan Tsin, Urban Alliance, 2016–18

    Selena Gonzalez Jones, Martha’s Table and Opportunity Nation, 2016–18

    Tony Fujs, Latin American Youth Center, 2016–17

    Kevin Jones, Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevent Services, formerly DC Promise Neighborhood, 2016–17

    Libby Watkins, DC SCORES, 2016–17

    Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Nonprofits and philanthropy
    Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center