Ladel Lewis is a senior research strategist. She has served in this capacity since 2012 with Meaningful Evidence LLC, a small evaluation consulting firm based out of Falls Church, Virginia. This organization aims to help clients demonstrate their value to funders through evaluation research and ASK MATT (a free strategic planning tool available to nonprofits and researchers). She is responsible for client acquisition, marketing and program evaluation. You can find more information about this thriving organization at www.meaningfulevidence.com.
Ladel received her PhD from Western Michigan University (2012) in Sociology with a concentration in Evaluation and Race & Ethnicity. She formerly served as a research associate for a SAMSHA funded initiative titled Kalamazoo Wraps. There, she evaluated the mental health system of care for families and children until the project's completion in the Fall of 2011.
Ladel joined Washington Evaluators in 2012, shortly after relocating to the District of Columbia. She serves on the Washington Evaluators Membership Committee (2012-present), and is responsible for the innovative idea of showcasing and networking members though the "Membership Spotlight." Prior to moving to D.C. she spent eight years in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she was a member of the Michigan Evaluation Association and the American Sociological Association.
She found her way to the DC area by joining her husband, an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In her spare time she volunteers with DCFYI, a group established to connect teens in foster care with families and mentors, and PowerTalk International, where she is working on her Effective Communicator certification. Ladel tells us "I found my business partner, Bernadette Wright, through the Washington Evaluators. Together we form a strong team and without WE our paths would have never crossed. I encourage everyone to network and get involved."