Project Evident Team

We have assembled a team of leaders with expertise in social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, evaluation, data analytics, research and technology.

Ben Berres

Senior Advisor, Outcomes Technology

Ben is a systems leader focused on the intersection of technology, analytics, and the social sector. His primary focus is on enhancing the impact of health and human services systems, particularly those that support children, youth, and families. He has extensive experience advising across disciplines and sectors, working with clients to create programs and technology solutions. He has worked previously at Partners for Our Children, Accenture Consulting, and UC Berkeley. He holds an MSW and MPA from the University of Washington.


Beth Boulay

Senior Evidence Director

Beth has over 15 years of experience designing and conducting evaluations of education programs that provide actionable evidence to program staff, practitioners, and policy makers. She understands the challenges of conducting field-based evaluations and of integrating program goals and evidence building. For the last 10 years she has worked with the U.S. Department of Education and over 200 of their grantees to incorporate evaluation methods into their implementation of innovative approaches to improving education. Prior to joining Project Evident, she was a Principal Associate at Abt Associates, and holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  


Charles E. Carter, Jr.

Managing Director, Practice and Learning Solutions

Charles has more than 20 years of experience working with low-income children and families. He approaches this work with equal parts curiosity, humility, passion and humor, aiming to positively impact the systems and organizations that work on behalf of vulnerable populations. Most recently, Charles was Deputy Director and Chief Strategy Officer at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University where he led the creation of a learning strategy and built the capacity of individuals, organizations, and systems to drive and scale innovation on the ground. He earned his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in Social Work from Boston College.


SaraH Di Troia

Senior Advisor, Strategic Operations

Sarah Di Troia is an expert in crafting strategy and operations to drive high growth in nonprofit and for profit organizations. Her experience as an investor, advisor and leader fuels an approach that integrates market insights with the internal change management necessary to realize new opportunities. Sarah is known for teasing order out of the creative chaos of growth and innovation. Prior to joining Project Evident as a Senior Advisor, Sarah was Chief Operating Officer at Health Leads and a Managing Partner at New Profit, Inc.  She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.


Brad Dudding

Entrepreneur in Residence

Brad's career has been focused on public and nonprofit management and helping program inventions collect and use data to meet desired results. He is now the COO at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Prior to joining CEO, Brad worked at the NYC Office of Management and Budget and at the New York State Controller’s Office. He was educated at Macalester College, University of Missouri (BA, Economics), and Rutgers University (Masters of Urban and Regional Planning).  Brad is also currently an adjunct professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service teaching a class on performance measurement and management in the social sector.


Kelly Fitzsimmons

Founder; Managing Director, Network and Strategy

Kelly is a committed social innovator. Previously she served as Vice President/Chief Program and Strategy Officer at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) where she lead policy innovation, evaluation, grant-making and the early capital aggregation pilot. Prior to EMCF,  she co-founded Leadwell Partners and New Profit Inc., held senior leadership positions in non profit organizations and served on several foundation and social sector boards and advisory committees. 


Kelsey Gray

Senior Evidence Analyst

Kelsey brings expertise in developing and delivering innovative solutions for clients through data visualizations and analytics. She is an effective communicator, analyst, strategic thinker and project manager who has experience assessing social programs and policies. Prior to joining Project Evident, Kelsey was an analyst at Mathematica Policy Research where she specialized in analyses and simulations of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). She earned her MS in Business Analytics from NYU.


Priscilla Gutierrez

Evidence Analyst

Priscilla brings a history of direct service and education research to Project Evident. In addition to her analyst role, Priscilla also serves as a Program Associate with the Innovation Studies program at WestEd. She previously served as Academic Affairs Coordinator for the national college completion program College Track and holds a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University.


Farhana Hossain

Data, Communications and Learning Consultant

Farhana brings expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, data visualization, information design, and communications. Previously, she served as a Research Associate for MDRC, where she led implementation research for the evaluations of youth and workforce development programs and developed communications strategies and products to educate public and private stakeholders about evidence-based policies and practices. Prior to MDRC, Farhana was a visual journalist for The Washington Post and The New York Times, where she oversaw the development of graphics, maps, and other types of visual representations to inform politics and policy coverage. Farhana holds an MPA in public and nonprofit management and policy from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Joe Mienko

Senior Data Science Advisor

Joe’s areas of expertise include statistical demography, event-history analysis, machine learning, econometrics, causal inference, statistical process control, and data visualization. In addition to his work with Project Evident, Joe serves as a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Data Science at Partners for Our Children within the University of Washington School of Social Work. Before joining the University of Washington, he served in a variety of direct service roles in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He also spent time as an intelligence analyst in the US special operations community. Joe holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington and received his MSW from the University of Washington, Tacoma.


Sara Peters

Director of Policy and Evidence

Sara is passionate about lifting up impactful programs and policies for communities in need. Previously, she served as the Director of Social Innovation at the Sorenson Impact Center, where she led the Center’s Pay for Success practice and social impact finance portfolio. She has also served as a policy consultant to several nonprofits that provide educational programming and supports to underserved children. Sara holds a BA from Princeton University in Politics and an MPP from the University of Cambridge.


Naima Pittman

Evidence Analyst

Naima brings expertise in education and analytics. She has a deep interest in using quantitative and qualitative analyses to improve education policies and programs. Before coming to Project Evident, Naima worked at The Opportunity Network, a college and career success program for low-income youth of color. She understands the power that programs and policies have in helping communities thrive, and is excited to continue working alongside nonprofits to develop impactful solutions. Naima holds an MA in Education Policy from Columbia University, and a BA in English from Wellesley College.


Gabriel Rhoads

Senior Evidence Director

Gabriel brings great energy to the challenge of building evidence and improving programs. For nearly two decades he has approached this work from the various perspectives of funder, evaluator, and nonprofit service provider. Shaped by his background as an Ombudsman and a court mediator, his work relies on careful communication to facilitate understanding across audiences and drive action. Prior to joining Project Evident, Gabriel was Director of Evaluation and Learning for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. He earned his MBA from Columbia University.


Michael Sherry

Senior Director of Operations

Michael is a systems leader with extensive experience in operations.  He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the nonprofit sector where he has consistently streamlined operations to ensure that outcomes were achieved for ultimate beneficiaries.  Prior to joining Project Evident, Michael was Associate Chief Operating Officer at Uncommon Schools, a management consultant at ZS Associates, and a Teach for America corps member.  He holds a BS from Boston College, an MST from Pace University and is currently pursuing his MBA at University of Rochester.


Jason Snipes

Senior Advisor, Evidence and Evaluation

Jason is a research and evaluation expert with more than 20 years experience in education and youth development. He has designed, conducted, and written about randomized trials and has developed innovative analytic approaches to assess the effects of youth programs. Jason has collaborated with practitioners to develop, refine and implement research to addresses key questions and support knowledge building agendas. He also focuses on communicating research results in ways that are accessible to non-research audiences. In addition to advising Project Evident, Jason is a Senior Program Associate and the Director of Alliance Research for the Western Regional Educational Laboratory at WestEd.