Meet Community Science

It takes a diverse team of people to understand the challenges faced by funders, grantees, and those they serve. We’re proud of who we are and work hard to reflect the communities we serve.

Our people help our clients meet their challenges  by applying their expertise, multi-disciplined approaches, multicultural understanding, and personal experiences. We are here to make a difference in the world in which we all live. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths because we appreciate the value that lived experience brings to our work. The right people with the right attitude make us who we are. I can come from a variety of backgrounds with advanced degrees in psychology, public health, urban and regional planning, sociomedical sciences, public policy, social work, education, business administration and economics. Joining community Science means that you joining a lifelong learning and professional development process. Community Science invests heavily in the professional development of its team members to further advance their expertise, research skills, and other competencies. We are active in presenting at national and international professional and practitioner forums.

Cross-cultural competence is a core capacity for our company and our people. In addition to their lived experience, Community Science staff are fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Malay, Italian, and French. Language proficiency, however, is not the most important element of our capacity to work across cultures. We spend a great deal of time learning about the social organization, customs, norms, and history of the groups with whom we work, enabling us to build upon the strengths of different culture. Because of our cultural competence, Community Science staff members have been able to work effectively with communities and organizations throughout Latin America, Africa, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia, in addition to different ethnic communities throughout the United States.

  • Maria Mata
    Maria MataAnalyst
    Maria Fernanda Mata is proficient in qualitative and quantitative research methods, particularly for evaluation studies of health and education initiatives.
  • Valeria Richarte
    Valeria RicharteOperations Manager
    Valeria Richarte has expertise in daily business operations, administrative systems integration, and creating and promoting a healthy, efficient office environment.
  • Ji Won Shon
    Ji Won ShonAnalyst
    Ji Won Shon conducts research and evaluation on the social determinants of health, adolescent health, and well-being as well as place-based initiatives.
  • Michelle Revels
    Michelle RevelsSenior Associate
    Michelle Revels is experienced in research and evaluation design and works on a range of policy analysis, program evaluation, and health communication projects.
  • Avelyn Heltzel
    Avelyn HeltzelResearch Assistant
    Avelyn Hetlzel brings knowledge and skills in literature review, data collection and analysis, and report writing for research and evaluations pertaining to poverty, food security, health, and the arts.
  • Marcella Gomez Hurtado
    Marcella Gomez HurtadoManaging Associate
    Dr. Marcella Hurtado Gómez enables the design and evaluation of culturally relevant programs that adequately address the psychosocial needs of racially and ethnically diverse youth and families.
  • Kate Williams
    Kate WilliamsOperations Director
    Kate has expertise in project and program management and implementation, cross-functional staff management, and coaching and technical assistance.
  • Evelyn Burwell Yang
    Evelyn Burwell YangSenior Associate
    Dr. Evelyn Yang is an expert in the research and evaluation of community-based coalitions and collaboratives, community and systems change, and implementing and evaluating programs using participatory approaches.
  • Anand Dholakia
    Anand DholakiaPrincipal Associate
    Anand Dholakia has expertise in strategy development for organizations and complex initiatives, collective action, capacity building, and developmental evaluation. His work focuses on helping organizations drive community and systems change in the pursuit of equity and justice, in both national and place-based settings.
  • Kien Lee
    Kien LeePrincipal Associate & Vice President
    Dr. Kien S. Lee has expertise in promoting equity, inclusion, and cultural competency for health, , food security, civic engagement, and leadership development.
  • Jasmine Williams-Washington
    Jasmine Williams-WashingtonSenior Analyst
    Jasmine is a Senior Analyst, specializing is in the implementation and evaluation of community organizing and organizational capacity building initiatives.
  • Rianna Grissom
    Rianna GrissomSenior Analyst
    My teams and I have successfully collaborated with government, nonprofits and community partners to address local issues. I am trained as an applied social psychologist and have used my research background to bring evidence-based practices to community initiatives.
  • Brandi Gilbert
    Brandi GilbertManaging Associate
    Dr. Brandi Gilbert has extensive research, evaluation, and technical experience in community resilience, particularly around helping children and families prepare for and respond to chronic and acute stressors.
  • Alexis Shamsi
    Alexis ShamsiResearch Assistant
    Alexis is a research assistant at Community Science. She is an advocate for programs that address health disparities, as well as engage the social determinants of health.
  • Jason Masurovsky
    Jason MasurovskyAnalyst
    Jason Masurovsky has experience applying qualitative and quantitative methods and data visualization tools in support of systems and policy change efforts.
  • Elisa Gonzalez
    Elisa GonzalezAssociate
    Dr. Elisa González has expertise in the social determinants of health with an emphasis on food and nutrition policies and community food systems.
  • Daniel Pagan
    Daniel PaganSenior Analyst
    Daniel Pagán applies data analysis and visualization to issues of inequity including racial, place-based, and health disparities.
  • Amy Minzer
    Amy MinzerSenior Associate
    Amy Minzner has expertise in the evaluation of initiatives focused on people and place, specifically efforts focused on workforce development, financial literacy, and affordable housing.
  • Amber Trout
    Amber TroutManaging Associate
    Amber Trout has deep expertise in organizational and leadership development, change management, and capacity building in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
  • Lindsay Bynum
    Lindsay BynumSenior Analyst
    Dr. Lindsay Bynum provides insight into the ecological perspective of an environment’s influence on behaviors, with an emphasis on factors that promote or hinder civic engagement.
  • David Chavis
    David ChavisPrincipal Associate & CEO
    Dr. Chavis is internationally recognized for his work in the implementation, support, and evaluation of community and systems change initiatives.
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