Meet The Editors
Beverly Parsons, PhD
The Silwood Group
Lovely Dhillon, J.D.
A contribution to the IAP book series: Evaluation and Society
Beverly is committed to fostering health and well-being for people and planet. As a first-generation college student at the University of Wisconsin in the 60s (receiving a BS in medical technology), her eyes were opened to a world far beyond her rural Scandinavian immigrant community birthplace. Beverly has worked and lived nationally and internationally in rural, suburban, urban, and indigenous communities. She has worked closely with governors, legislators, local communities, philanthropy, and business across social sectors particularly education, health, environment, and social services. Her PhD in educational research and evaluation grounded a career of compassionately using mixed evaluation, research, and facilitation strategies to reveal ways to influence complex systems in support of learning, equity, and sustainability. She is executive director of InSites (www.insites.org) and was the 2014 president of the American Education Association. She enjoys playing her harp and using her training as a massage therapist to promote relaxation.
Matt envisions a future of well-being for all. He believes that an understanding of human values is required to realize the vision. Matt grew up on the Eastern Shore, floating west on the Nanticoke River. He has degrees from Virginia Tech and Duke University, and has surfed and worked in 50 countries. From 2006 - 2018 he served as an evaluator and social scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where his praxis focused on the nexus of sustainability, evaluation, systems thinking, and complexity. As CEO of The Silwood Group, Matt creates innovative spaces for Visionary Evaluatives from systems, natural and social sciences, arts, technology, and elsewhere to gather with a common passion: learning to navigate the wickedness of the Anthropocene and co-create a future we want. Matt laughs a lot with his family in Arlington, VA, where the gardening and woodworking are good and the waves are small.
Born in India and raised in the U.S. Deep South, Lovely learned at an early age about the beauty and challenge of difference. This inspired a legal career which included leading the California Minority Counsel Program to build equity in legal practice, prosecuting hate crimes and domestic violence at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and building networks of community based lawyers across America as the Executive Director of the Law School Consortium Project. Moving into philanthropy, Lovely served as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Measurement, and Evaluation for Advocacy and Policy, US Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Now, as CEO of Jodevi (www.jodevi.org), Lovely is able to co-create a future that calls to the very best in each of us for the well-being of all of us. Lovely holds a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School.
Lateefah Simon, President of Akonadi Foundation, is a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights. Lateefah has over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.
Charlyn Harper Browne is a Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Her work and publications focus on promoting healthy development and well-being in children, youth, and families, in general, and Black populations, in particular. Her son, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren are the center of her life.
Ryan M. Eller, Executive Director of Define American, use the power of story to shift the conversation around immigrants, identity, and citizenship. An ordained Baptist, Ryan holds degrees in Political Science, Divinity, and Public Administration. He was U.S. Campaigns Director at Change.org and Executive Director of CHANGE—the largest broad-based community organizing group in the southern US.
Bo is a husband, father and neighbor with a home base in Arlington, VA. He values living, learning, working hard and celebrating with the people he loves. He tries to explore these values at www.mrpryorsneighborhood.com
Justin Speegle retired from the Air Force as a colonel after 28 years of service. He holds advanced degrees from the Naval War College, Air University and Embry Riddle. A lifelong surfer, he currently volunteers on the board of directors for AmpSurf.org--a nonprofit organization that takes disabled people surfing.
Kent H. Redford is the principal at Archipelago Consulting in Portland, Maine, USA. He is a conservation practitioner with 10 years in academia, 20 years in NGO work and 5 years at Archipelago. His work includes protected areas, subsistence hunting, conservation practice and synthetic biology’s intersection with conservation.
Carly Cook is a conservation biologist at Monash University in Australia. She is interested in the interface between science and practice in environmental management. Her research is broadly focused on developing decision support tools to help practitioners to integrate the best available evidence into their management decisions.
Duan Biggs is a Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University. His research interests include community-based conservation, people-centred responses to illegal wildlife trade; nature-based tourism, the socio-economics of conservation decision-making, and operationalizing resilience ideas for biodiversity conservation. Duan earned a PhD from James Cook University and an MSc from the University of Cape Town.
Glenda Eoyang helps individuals, communities, and public and private organizations thrive in the face of overwhelming uncertainty. She is a pioneer in applications of complexity science to human systems and founding executive director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.
Ellen Lawton, JD, co-leads The George Washington University’s National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in the Department of Health Policy and Management. An expert in poverty law, Ms. Lawton is a lead editor of the 2011 medical-legal partnership textbook. She has led the development of the medical-legal partnership approach, and published multiple articles in both clinical and legal journals.
Joe Scantlebury is vice president for program strategy (places) at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He leads, designs and implements the foundation’s strategic programming efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families, and works to advance community engagement, leadership, racial equity and healing. Joe received a BS from Cornell University and a JD from NYU School of Law.
Eric Barela has over 15 years of experience as an internal evaluator, specializing in building organizational measurement & evaluation systems. He is currently the Director of Measurement & Evaluation at Salesforce.org where he leads efforts to determine its global social impact. Eric holds a Ph.D. from the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.
Bob Willard is a leading expert on quantifying the business value of sustainability strategies. He has given over a thousand presentations, has authored six books, and provides extensive resources for sustainability champions. He is an award-winning certified B Corp, a Certified Sustainability Professional, and has a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto.
Jeanne Ayers, State Health Officer, for the State of Wisconsin is a leader in national efforts to assure health and racial equity and improve population health. She works across policy sectors and fields of practice. Jeanne previously served as Assistant Commissioner and Chief Health Equity Strategist of the Minnesota Department of Health.
Georgette Wong is a recognized trailblazer in impact investing. From 2007-2012 she curated the Take Action! Impact Investing Summit, which convened thought-leaders and pioneering asset owners representing over $4.5 trillion dollars. Georgette has presented on impact investing before the US Senate, the US State Department, the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and others.
Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, is the Chief Environmental Engineer for the MTA New York City Transit. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University, and is a Professor at Columbia University. He is the author of Sustainable Mass Transit: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation.
Antoinette Quagliata, M.E.M. LEED AP, is driven by the values of environmental protection, sustainability, effective and equitable planning, and ‘people-oriented development’. She works across sectors to advance Environmental Management Systems, environmental and sustainability policy, and mobility innovation research. Antoinette works with the U.S. Federal Transit Administration and has degrees from Duke and Cornell.
Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Dean’s Senior Scholar for Teaching and Learning, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, researches and writes about equity and justice issues in inclusive education. She taught special education students in Virginia and Colorado before becoming a special education professor. Her work focuses on solving the struggles that minoritized families and students face within the public schools.
Cameron D. Norman PhD MDes CE, is a professional designer, psychologist, educator, and evaluator whose life work has focused on ways to organize and support innovation for human wellbeing. He is the President of Cense Ltd. and on the faculty at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada.