Meet Our Team

Our leadership team has a background in, personally working closely with nonprofits, serving as a resource to organizations that needed to collect and analyze data but didn’t have the expertise required to execute the project. We were all connected through a shared solution: disrupt the social sector by empowering and training nonprofit and foundation professionals to leverage data and program evaluation skills to maximize impact.

Leadership

Director

AMANDA BABINE    

Amanda is the Director of Evaluate for Change. She has worked in the nonprofit field in both a direct practice and research capacity. She has evaluated large citywide pilot programs working at Columbia University and the City University of New York (CUNY). Before transitioning into a more quantitative role, she worked at the Center for the Study of Social Policy developing a youth well-being framework while conducting Participatory Action Research (PAR) with marginalized communities throughout New York City. Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work & Public Policy from Columbia University.

Population/Interest Area:
Organizations, Management, Leadership

Technical Expertise:
Modeling of data, including regression techniques, and advanced modeling & Participatory Action Research

Manager of Training & Assessment

HANNAH JACOBSON    

Hannah has taught special education in the DC Public & Charter School System for the last 5 years. She is also an alum of Urban Teachers where she has had the opportunity to be trained and train the next generation of teachers through an intensive residency program based in the District of Columbia. She is passionate about measuring student success through a variety of evaluation measures, along with focusing on implementing interventions that address the whole child. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan and a dual Masters in Elementary Education and Special Education from Lesley University.

Population/Interest Area:
Education, Adolescence, Teacher Preparation

Technical Expertise:
Curriculum Development

Senior Evaluation Trainer

JESSICA ZULAWSKI    

Jessica has a passion for teaching non-profit professionals about best practices in program evaluation. She currently works as an Analyst for the Newark Public School District, where she analyzes district-level data to support the organization with data-driven decisions. Prior to working at Newark Public School District, Jessica worked at Broome Street Academy Charter High School where she gained additional insight and experience evaluating educational outcomes. Jessica has also worked on projects related to the lack of women and minorities in STEM careers. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree from New York University in Education and Social Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Cornell University.

Population/Interest Area:
Education

Technical Expertise:
Education Assessments

Trainers

Evaluation Trainer

CASSANDRA TAVARAS    

Cassandra is an Evaluation Trainer with Evaluate for Change. She has experience evaluating out of school time programs and has provided research assistance to a variety of non-profit organizations in New York, Boston, and Providence. Currently, she evaluates youth development programs at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement in Boston, MA. Cassandra holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.

Evaluation Trainer

ALIANA H PIÑEIRO    

Aliana is a research manager at the Global Impact Investing Network. She plays a central role in shaping the GIIN’s research agenda, manages study design and execution, and leads dissemination activities to promote GIIN research around the world. Previously, Aliana was an impact evaluator for nonprofits, impact investors and social enterprises operating in Latin America, including three years as the director of evaluation at RUNA, a social enterprise in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Aliana began her career in asset management at ClearBridge Investments in New York. She holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University.

Data-Driven Lovers

Communications Liaison

OYINDAMOLA JOHNSON    

Oyindamola has over six years’ experience in youth empowerment, communication for development, and nonprofit management. Presently, Oyindamola serves as Chief of Staff at Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) in New York, U.S. PMP is a B-Corp that operates high-quality academic summer school programming in New York City. His role covers strategy, execution, finance, and people management.

Communications Intern

Shreya Shreeraman

Shreya is a third-year Creative Writing student at New York University Abu Dhabi with a particular passion for storytelling. Post-graduation, she plans to pursue a career in creative strategy and copywriting, with a focus on nonprofit organizations. She loves traveling — having lived, studied and worked in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Mumbai and New York City. When she is not having crises over which travel selfie is most Instagram-worthy, she is dreaming about tacos in my self-made napping pad.

Executive Assistant

ARNEL SALCEDA

Arnel has spent the last 8 years working in the areas of Customer Service, Technical, Financial and Sales. With these extensive experiences he quickly understood the importance of preparation, hard work, and respect. Applying these values to his endeavours by making a record of resources, planning my activities for efficiency, working on my goals every single day, and giving my body the necessary rest it needed to function.