LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

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ANDREW HOLBEIN

Chair of the Leadership Committee

Andrew loves being a part of GCEval because he is passionate about the mission of expanding the use of evaluation throughout the region. 

 

Andrew has worked for a range of nonprofits and government organizations. He is the Director of Administration and Data for VIA LINK, a social service agency that will serve more than 150,000 Louisiana residents this year. He was the Executive Director of New Orleans Community Outreach, the Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Graham Windham, and a Project Manager for the City of New Orleans' Office of Recovery Management after Hurricane Katrina.  

 

Andrew lives in New Orleans with his wife and daughter and is a professional pianist.

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WILL FAULKNER

Leadership Committee Member

William directs a small New-Orleans based, evaluation-focused consultancy, Flux R.M.E. Will works locally with non-profits to co-create their performance measurement and evaluation systems. He also operates internationally (primarily Latin America/Caribbean), focusing on the evaluation of advocacy campaigns, agriculture research and development, and social network analysis. Will loves kites and when it's windy you can catch him at Bayou St. John or at the Fly!

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MICHELLE LAWRENCE BIDWELL

Leadership Committee Member

Michelle is an Evaluation and Development professional in the Greater New Orleans Area. She is a New Orleans native and proud alumna of Xavier University at New Orleans. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and is currently a doctoral student in their Community Health Sciences program. Her personal mission is to dismantle systemic disparities, uplift communities, and lay a foundation for a culture of equity through education, data, development, and collaboration.

She has almost a decade of experience in research, evaluation, and grants, working on projects in the fields of breast and cervical cancer, pharmacology, nutrition, high-risk youth, law enforcement, veteran reintegration, education, and recidivism among the previously incarcerated. Michelle is currently the Director of Impact and Evaluation at Bastion Community of Resilience, the nation's first intentional community for veterans and families, where she leads the organization's grant and evaluation systems and has worked to secure millions of dollars in funding. In 2021, she will be transitioning into a new leadership role at a national development firm.

In addition to these roles, Michelle is on the leadership committee of GCEval and the founder of Granted Advisors, a consulting firm focused on helping new non-profit organizations reach their grant funding and program evaluation goals. Michelle resides in an historic African American neighborhood in NOLA with her husband and two rambunctious toddlers.

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Sarah Mason
Leadership Committee Member

Sarah Mason is the Director of the Center for Research Evaluation. She is an evaluator whose primary goal is to advance the practice of evaluation through: (1) innovative evaluation practice, (2) high quality training for evaluators, (3) public advocacy in support of evaluation, and (4) the development of practical tools that allow individuals to embed evaluation into everyday decisions.

Over the past 15 years, Sarah has conducted research and evaluation projects across a wide range of contexts, including in Australia, the United States, Afghanistan, East Timor, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Her research and evaluation expertise lie in the areas of contextually-responsive evaluation design, survey methodology, educational evaluation, and evaluation influence.

Sarah has a Ph.D. in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods from Claremont Graduate University, Masters Degrees in Psychology and Development Studies, and a Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Years).

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Maggie Pullen
Leadership Committee Member

Maggie Pullen is a New Orleans-based consultant that supports non-profits in strategic planning, building culture systems, and strengthening board governance. A Louisiana native, Maggie has worked at the global level with an international human rights NGO in grant-making and organizational development, where she supported groups primarily in Asia and Latin America.

Nationally, she has worked with a variety of organizations, including start-up social enterprises, environmental groups and coalitions, and community development corporations. She also co-founded and was integral to the pilot of a start-up non-profit that supports organizations in operationalizing commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

A graduate of Beloit College (BA) and the London School of Economics (MsC), Maggie also holds certificates in Non-Profit Board Governance Consulting from BoardSource, Facilitative Leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Change, and expects to receive a Specialization in Conflict Management from the University of California at Irvine in Summer 2021. She is proficient in Spanish and Japanese.