Meet our EL Practitioners

Rachel Bland, Princeton, NJ


Rachel Bland is the Learning Associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in their Research, Evaluation, and Learning unit. Previously, she worked as a community organizer at HANDS, Inc. (Housing and Neighborhood Development Services) and as the Director of the Healthy Orange Coalition: Building a Culture of Health in Orange, NJ which focused on lifelong learning.


She earned her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and BS in Biology with a concentration in public health from Spelman College. Rachel works with the Foundation’s emergent strategy efforts and supports activities that promote a learning orientation as central to the Foundation’s culture, one in which leadership and staff fully value and recognize learning as a priority, share a common language, and are able to create an atmosphere of trust, curiosity, and exploration.

Matthew Carr, Kansas City, MO


As Director of Evaluation, Matthew is responsible for assisting program staff and trustees in measuring and understanding the impact of grant investments and program activity. Prior to joining Kauffman, he was a senior research officer at the Walton Family Foundation, where his work focused on the evaluation of the foundation’s grantmaking and providing research and analysis to inform strategic decision-making. Earlier, he was a research analyst at Westat, where he conducted program evaluations of education and workforce development initiatives. Matthew earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration from Kent State University, and a PhD in public policy from the University of Arkansas.

Raj Chawla, Silver Spring, MD


Raj works with organizations and leaders to produce population-level results.  For the past 20 years the question that has driven his work is:  “How can leaders work together towards a shared result - especially if they have different values, habits, and/or beliefs?” His work approach includes developing leaders through a competency-based process as well as working with a cohort of leaders to develop and implement a shared results action plan.  Integrated in both of these approaches is a dual emphasis on helping leaders to build and hold the discipline needed for results work – by analyzing data, building role clarity, gaining self-awareness - and to tap into the passion needed for it – having difficult conversations, confronting adaptive challenges, enrolling others to join.

Jeff Clanon, Concord, MA


Jeff Clanon is a Founding Partner of Systems Perspectives LLC and also a founding consultant member of The Society for Organizational Learning.  He is the former Executive Director of MIT’s Center for Organizational Learning and has over 30 years experience in the area of individual and organizational learning. Jeff currently focuses his practice on executive coaching and leadership development consulting primarily in the area of higher education and is working with senior administrators and faculty at Tufts University, Brandeis, UC Davis, UCLA and USC.

Ellie Coplin, Austin, TX


Ellie Coplin, MPH, is an Evaluation Officer for St. David’s Foundation where she works to measure the impact of the foundation’s $70 million annual investment in the health of the Central Texas community. Ellie views her role within the team as 'decision facilitator' and she works on a variety of projects including capacity building with grant partners, the Foundation's direct service mobile dental

program, and grant partner monitoring and evaluation.

Felisa Gonzales, Denver, CO


Felisa Gonzales is the Research, Evaluation and Strategic Learning Manager at The Colorado Trust. She is trained in applied social psychology and epidemiology and has more than 10 years of experience conducting research on health disparities affecting populations of color. In her current position at The Colorado Trust, Felisa oversees a developmental evaluation of a health equity advocacy strategy that aims to establish a field of advocates who can promote health

equity through policy.

Christy Metzler, Baltimore, MD


Christy has worked in the Community Development industry for 15 years and has been an internal evaluator for 2 years. Content areas of expertise include community development and revitalization; community building and engagement; and nonprofit capacity assessment. Evaluation interests include

demonstrating collective impact in complex environments; participatory evaluation with a focus on utilization and organizational learning; mixed methods approaches; and more generally internal evaluation. She is interested in how to move organizations toward more robust evaluation systems which promote continuous organizational learning and support program improvement and impact.

Melanie Nowacki, Chicago, IL


Melanie Nowacki has been with Feeding America for over 15 years in a variety of leadership roles.  She currently serves as the Director of Network Learning and Engagement, working on the learning strategy for the network of 200 food bank organizations across the country.  In this role, Melanie leads the strategy around collaborative learning to support our organization's outcomes.  Melanie holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  Prior to Feeding America, Melanie held positions at United Way, the National Governors Association and the US Treasury Department.  In these various roles, Melanie has visited every state and has a particular passion around midsized cities that are great travel destinations.

Adrian Pedroza, Albuquerque, NM


Adrián A. Pedroza is the Social Enterprise & Development Director at the Partnership for Community Action (PCA). He has extensive experience in working with underserved and immigrant populations including: UNM High School Equivalency and College Assistance Migrant Programs, staff to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in New Mexico, advisory member Hispanic Education Advisory Council, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and National Advisor for the early childhood school readiness organization Abriendo Puertas. He holds a B.A. in political science and an M.B.A. in Policy and Planning from the University of New Mexico.

Chad Robertson, Denver, CO


Chad is Project Coordinator for a consortium of family and private operating foundations that provide funding in the areas of art and culture, mental health and criminal justice reform, and early childhood education.  He works with multiple teams on strategy, development, and evaluation of internal initiatives, as well as building capacity and stewarding relationships with external partners and grantees. A former high school teacher, Chad is devoted to social impact work and innovation.

Vicky Schubert, Reading, MA


Vicky has supported organizational change leaders for over twenty years. She held senior management positions with the Society for Organizational Learning and Pegasus Communications, two organizations influential in advancing innovative organizational learning and development practices globally. As a coach, Vicky partners with her clients to amplify their professional impact through purposeful systems awareness. Experienced in both for-profit and nonprofit operating environments, Vicky’s recent clients have included executives in multinational corporations and individual entrepreneurs and senior leaders and teams in higher education, philanthropy, and healthcare.

Carilee Witta Warner, St. Louis Park, MN


Carilee has been associated with the NeighborWorks® network for over 35 years starting in the late 70's organizing Neighborhood Housing Services organizations - local, nonprofit, state chartered community development organizations.  Throughout the years she has served in numerous positions for NeighborWorks America in several states in various capacities.  Over the last fifteen years she has focused on building the skills and capacity of network CEOs and board members as well as the staff of NeighborWorks America as the Senior Manager, Staff and Network Development, NeighborWorks Services Group. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Cynthia Way, Metro DC Area


Cynthia Way, a Master Certified Coach, founder and President of Way To Go! inc., helps leaders and teams achieve breakthrough results.  She provides executive coaching, team coaching, leadership development programs, emergent learning, facilitation, strategic planning, team retreats, keynote speaking, plenary sessions, systems thinking and customized training.  Her signature offerings are Team Survival Intensive, a unique approach to teaming and Leader as Coach Mastery Program, fostering a culture of inspiration, engagement, accountability and respect with proven results.  Her keynote topics include Living From Passion & Purpose and How Your Thinking Impacts Your Results.

Vera Wilhelm, Washington, DC


Vera Wilhelm is the program manager for operational learning in the vice presidency for Operational Policy and Country Services at the World Bank.  She has developed and manages a range of learning programs for Bank staff and helped to initiate the Bank's learning from failure and science of delivery initiatives. Prior to this assignment, she held positions as an economist and country economist in Africa, Eastern Europe, South Asia and the vice presidency for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, where she led work on poverty reduction strategies (PRSP) for developing countries. Vera has published on institution building, accountability and public finance issues in low income countries. Before joining the World Bank, she worked for HypoVereinsbank in Germany and France. She holds a PhD and a Masters degree in economics from the University of Cologne and a business administration certificate from NYU and HEC. In her spare time she likes to travel, hike, spend time with her daughters and cook.

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