LOVELY A. DHILLON, JD

CEO and Founder

Lovely Dhillon is the CEO and founder of JODEVI CONSULTING. Lovely brings over two decades of experience in philanthropy, law, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurship to organizations that are at critical strategic decision making stages, requiring thought partnership, deep analytical skills, and integrity to mission and vision.  

Prior to founding JODEVI, Lovely worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Deputy Director for Strategy, Management and Evaluation for the US Program's Advocacy and Policy team. There, Lovely led portfolio management, alignment and measurement; developed grantee management procedures and protocol; and managed a multi-million dollar budget.

In addition to the Gates Foundation, Lovely served as the Vice President of ORS Impact, an evaluation firm where she conceptualized, developed and launched the firm’s Strategic Planning business line. She also developed strategy for the firm’s work with Businesses with Social Impact, including in the area of corporate social responsibility and social enterprise.

Lovely has been the lead consultant for clients including: The Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationDefine American (national media and culture campaign on immigration and identity); Casey Family Programs (national foundation focusing on foster care and child welfare issues); Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (global women rights advocacy and legal NGO); Policy Link, Convergence Partners (national collaboration of philanthropies with regional and national programs); and Ascension Health (national health nonprofit providing services in 23 states).

Her professional experience also includes being Executive Director of the several advocacy nonprofits including the Law School Consortium Project (LSCP).  LSCP developed a national network of community based lawyers and created a social entrepreneurial approach to legal services.  It was awarded with the American Bar Association's prestigious Louis Brown Award by for innovation in legal access. Lovely was also the Executive Director of the California Minority Counsel Program, a California-wide collaboration of corporations, law firms and bar associations promoting equal opportunity in the practice of law.

Lovely served as the 2014 Conference Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference, which convened 2,500 measurement and evaluation professionals. She is the founder of Seattle’s Network of Women, a network of several hundred women. Lovely is currently co-editing a book on visionary evaluation for a sustainable, equitable future. Lovely has written and spoken on a variety of topics including: equity; data and measurement; strategic learning; business innovation toward social impact; and legal access and services.

Lovely holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University. An avid sailor, hiker and football fan, Lovely describes herself as "having the heart of an idealist and the mind of a business-person."  Lovely is based in Atlanta, Georgia.


COLLABORATORS


Beverly Parsons, Ph.d.

Expertise: Evaluation, Systems Change, Social Enterprise

Beverly Parsons is President and Executive Director of InSites, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization. InSites works through inquiry-based evaluation, planning, and research to support learning, growth, and change in formal and informal social systems. InSites pays particular attention to how social systems attend to environmental sustainability, social justice, economic well-being, and community development.

Beverly served as president of the American Evaluation Association in 2014. She is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation (University of Colorado) and a B.S. in Medical Technology (University of Wisconsin). She has certificates in Sustainable Business, Human Systems Dynamics, and Appreciative Inquiry facilitation. While at InSites, Beverly has worked with initiatives in education, health, social services, and environmental fields. She has been a consultant to several foundations, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy.

She has served as a consultant to foundations in Brazil and the South African Department of Education; conducted evaluations in China and Japan; and assisted teams in 12 countries in Central and Eastern Europe in program evaluation and redesign of curriculum. She has been the principal investigator for two National Science Foundation grants. She specializes in evaluation designs for multi-site, multi-level, large-scale initiatives and using systems thinking and systems theories in research and evaluation. She has written and presented extensively on these topics. She has a strong background in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Prior to InSites, Beverly was at the Education Commission of the States, a national interstate compact that assists governors, legislators, and state education and business leaders to improve education through leadership and policy. Previously she was at Education Northwest (Portland, OR) as Director of the Assessment and Measurement Program; worked on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; held university adjunct teaching positions; and was a physiological chemistry laboratory instructor (University of Wisconsin medical school). Beverly lives with her husband in Hansville, Washington and enjoys hiking and organic gardening.


GEORGETTE WONG, MBA

Expertise: Impact Investing, Strategic Planning

 

Georgette Wong is the CEO of Correlation Consulting.  Georgette works with families, foundations, pension plans, and corporations to maximize their financial return AND positive impact in the world. She is a recognized leader in the field of impact investing, those investments that simultaneously create financial return and positive social and environmental value. Georgette provides top-level education about impact investing, participates on investment committees and creates strategies that endure.

In addition, Georgette provides strategic guidance to her clients by leveraging her knowledge of hybrid legal structures, impact investing, business planning and fundraising. She has assisted various nonprofit entities, such as the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Autodesk Foundation, the Levi Strauss Foundation and Zero Divide, as well as social entrepreneurs (including EARN and Head Start Directors).

Georgette has presented on impact investing before the US Senate, the US State Department, the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and Exponent Philanthropy (formerly the Association of Small Foundations), among others. She released Insights and Innovations: A Global Study of Impact Investing + Institutional Investors at the U.S. Secretary of State’s Global Impact Economy Forum in 2012. Her 2012 Take Action! Summit brought together 125 investors representing over $4.5 trillion in assets. Since 2007, she has helped catalyze more than $350 million in new commitments to impact investing. Georgette earned her MBA at UCLA Anderson and her BA magna cum laude at Amherst College.  Georgette is based in Orcas Island, Washington.


SARA VACA

Expertise: Global Evaluations & Data Visualizations

Sara builds her practice on her 15-years extensive experience in Results-based management in the private sector and in the Humanitarian sector. Her background is in Management, master in Non-profit management and master in Evaluation. Sara is specialized in evaluating development programs, with relevant experience with Red Cross societies and UN agencies. She has a growing interest on other areas such as gender and advocacy and she researches and writes on how to bring innovation and transparency to the evaluation practice thanks to data visualization. Sara is the creative force behind Visual Brains and EvalYear.com. She secretly wishes to contribute to achieve a change of paradigm in evaluation by 2025… Sara is based in Toulouse, France.

 

Jana Carlisle, Ed.D

Expertise: consensus building, strategy development and implementation

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Jana L. Carlisle, Ed.D., has spent more than 30 years seeking to improve public education through leadership positions in the not-for-profit, public, and philanthropic sectors. Her roles have placed her in two urban superintendents’ offices, a not-for-profit state-level advocacy organization, a not-for-profit national leadership development organization, a for-profit education reform organization, a major international foundation, and independent consultancies.

In these roles, she has brought together diverse internal and external partners and stakeholders to work for educational equity and access for all students regardless of their backgrounds; and to make educational success a right not an economic privilege. Through facilitation, collaboration, and common objectives, Jana has forged strong and lasting relationships among partners and stakeholders from businesses, colleges, universities, foundations, state and local agencies and governments, local communities, parents, and K-12 educators.  She is currently advising Whittle School and Studios on its Studios’ strategy and global faculty recruitment as it launches globally.

Recently, Jana served as Chief of Staff for Metro Nashville Public Schools and also as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief of Staff at New York City Leadership Academy.  Both of these roles drew on her experience in organizational development, strategic planning, leadership team oversight and participation, project management, fundraising, evaluation, communications, as well as community, government, board of education, and partner relationship management. She has deep experience framing and facilitating improvement processes and practices, helping others to plan and manage for change and successful implementation, and aligning organizational goals, objectives, and practices to strategic and operational results. She has written and presented numerous evaluation, communication, project, school improvement, state, annual, and strategic plans; and has written and delivered analytical, annual, and commission/committee reports.

Jana has worked closely with stakeholders to examine, design, and implement the following:  small elementary, K-8, magnet, and high schools; equity projects; school support programs (e.g., nursing and SEL); use of data; training programs; site visits; board policies; state improvement and comprehensive school reform development/CSRD plans; school choice programs; facilities’ and program plans; grant applications; school improvement plans; strategic plans; budgets; family engagement strategies; program evaluations; labor-management agreements; leadership standards; and a variety of new practices. This has allowed her to spend time touring classrooms and schools; collaborating with principals, teachers, superintendents, boards, elected and appointed officials, university presidents, non-profit leaders, family members, students, and partners; and developing an understanding of various implementation challenges and contexts.

Jana studied political science and international relations as an undergraduate major at Michigan State University’s James Madison College, public policy analysis with a focus on education as a Master’s of Science student at the University of Rochester, and educational leadership for her doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania’s Mid Career Doctoral Program in Educational and Organizational Leadership.