Jara Dean-Coffey

Jara Dean-Coffey has spent the last 25+ years working with leaders who hold one thing in common: a commitment to challenging themselves and their organizations to have a transformative impact on the individuals, communities and systems they touch. She is passionate about elevating our collective understanding of the relationship between values, context, strategy and evaluation and shifting our practices so that they are more fully in service of stated aims. Jara reminds those who work with her and her team that it is a joy and privilege to be of service and that it takes us all to do this work and make the world a better place.

Jara is the Founder of Luminare Group and the Director of the Equitable Evaluation Initiative. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a BA in Communications and Political Science from Temple University and a certificate in Organizational Development and Evaluation from Fielding Graduate University. She serves on the Advisory Body of the Center for Evaluation Innovation in Washington, D.C., is a founding member and Steering Committee Member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, and sits on the Philamplify Toolkit Advisory Committee as well as the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association.

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