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About Us

Supporting Diverse Evaluators and Funders of Evaluation

Providing value, practice, and promoting a culturally responsive and equitable evaluation ecosystem.


Power is distributed equitably amongst evaluators, community members, and funders to lead change toward justice.

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Because the evaluation field does not traditionally include the perspectives and voices of diverse communities who have been historically excluded and oppressed, ETB is strengthening, diversifying, and increasing access to evaluators.

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Expanding the Bench® (ETB) is based on the belief that three things have to happen to create a culturally responsive and equitable evaluation ecosystem. We need more evaluators who bring lived experience with marginalization and oppression. We need more evaluators practicing culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE). Finally, we need a field that is ready to dismantle racist policies, practices, and programs and intentionally seeks evaluators from diverse backgrounds who practice CREE.

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Our Staff

Alice Choi

Resource Curator

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Alina Taniuchi

Communications Manager

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Chyenne Mallinson

Content Writer and Coordinator

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Elizabeth Waetzig

ETB Co-Director

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Eve Kucharski

Communications Specialist

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Karla Mendz

Project Manager

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London Losey

ACE Evaluation Network Director

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Nancy Vang

Project Coordinator

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Rachele Espiritu

ETB Co-Director

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Sandra Silva

LEEAD Project Director

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Susan Ghanbarpour

ETB Project Director

Theory of Change

Goals for Growth in 2021

    • Expand eligibility for the LEEAD Program to include applicants with master’s degrees.
    • Refine the ACE Evaluation Network’s Database search experience based on user feedback.
    • Institute rolling applications to the ACE Evaluation Network’s Call for New Members.

We Are Grateful for Our Generous Funding Partners

Continued programming and field building efforts would not be possible without the generous contributions from our ETB Funding Partners. Thank you for your support of ETB. Additional ETB Funding Partners are always welcome!

By supporting ETB, you provide access to 100+ accomplished evaluators from diverse backgrounds throughout the country. Learn how you can financially support us, too!

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How To Get Involved with Expanding the Bench

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We welcome you to share evaluation-related opportunities with the ETB community!

Invest In Expanding the Bench

Provide opportunities for racially and ethnically diverse evaluators to build connections and engage in professional development. We offer virtual networking sessions, Communities of Practice on topics of interest, professional development, and in-person networking opportunities.

About The Network

Join the generous group of ETB Funding Partners who have supported ETB. Together, with other allies, we are contributing to a field-building movement to impact the way evaluation is practiced and commissioned and used.