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2024 Board of Directors & Leadership

The Washington Evaluators is managed by a Board of Directors as well as dozens of volunteers. Five voting Board positions are elected (unless filled by appointment due to vacancy). The Presidential cycle is three years, with the elected individual serving first as President-Elect, and then assuming the role of President, and then Past President. The Treasurer and Secretary positions are held for two years. Four other voting Board positions are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Board. The 2023 Board members, as well as other Washington Evaluators leaders and volunteers, are listed below.


Natalie Donahue


Natalie Donahue is currently the Chief of Evaluation in the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) where she directs the monitoring and evaluation of educational and exchange programming.  She also serves as an adjunct at American University in the School of International Service.  Previously, Natalie served as a Senior M&E Specialist for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs' Assistance Coordination Office (NEA/AC), where she was responsible for advising staff and grantees on program design and monitoring activities, designing and managing evaluations, and leading capacity-building efforts within the Bureau. Prior to joining the Department of State, she served as DevTech Systems, Inc’s Director of Business Development, where she provided technical assistance on various Department of State M&E-related projects. A proud Columbus, Ohio native, Natalie has a Master's in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing – both from The Ohio State University.

Elizabeth Botkin


Elizabeth Botkin is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In that capacity, she manages large-scale evaluation projects, oversees performance monitoring efforts, and conducts capacity-building for the Bureau and its partners. Throughout her career, she has worked on evaluation and monitoring projects with Department of State, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the Peace Corps and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has experience managing local data collection, training field staff, developing and implementing performance targets for projects, designing data collection instruments and analyzing data to present to key stakeholders and policy makers. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in International Studies from Towson University.

Quisha Brown

Program Chair

Quisha Brown is an accomplished Independent Social Outcomes Measurement Consultant and the author of the "Racial Equity Lens Logic Model & Theory of Change" guidebook, designed for organizations aiming to improve outcomes for marginalized and impoverished communities. She also developed the Progressive Outcomes Scale Logic Model (POSLM), a pioneering methodology that integrates authentic community voices into evaluation designs from the outset. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sectors of education, housing, workforce development, and mental health, Quisha is renowned for her innovative and creative approaches. As a thought leader, she champions inclusive evaluation practices and groundbreaking strategies. In her role as Program Chair, Quisha aspires to bring a fresh perspective to the evaluation community, emphasizing the importance of including marginalized voices in evidence-based policy-making. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.

Nicole Germano

Communications Chair

Nicole Germano is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In her current role, she manages program evaluations, implements the bureau’s performance monitoring framework, and has helped expand the team’s learning line of effort. An emerging evaluator, Nicole previously worked in digital marketing. She holds bachelors’ degrees in journalism and Spanish as well as a master’s degree in international development from Ohio University.


Valerie Caracelli, PhD

New Professional and Student Coordinator

Dr. Valerie Caracelli is a Senior Social Science Analyst in the Center for Evaluation Methods and Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Valerie assists in conducting congressionally requested studies and consults with GAO Teams on evaluation design issues. She has published in leading evaluation journals and has served on a variety of editorial review boards. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1979 and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University in 1988.

Valerie has been active in the Washington Evaluators, one of AEA's first local affiliates, serving as board member and in other positions for over 20 years. She has been a member of the American Evaluation Association since its founding. On the AEA Board of Directors from 2007-2009, she served as liaison to the Ethics Committee and helped develop additional case study training materials on the Guiding Principles for Evaluators. She received the 2016 AEA Robert Ingle Service Award.

Joanna Prout

Social Media Coordinator

Joanna is a Psychologist and Program Evaluator at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She combines her clinical experience and research background to build systems for communicating data that make school- and community-based mental health supports usable and effective. Joanna's work emphasizes the importance of partnering with service providers and the people intended to benefit from services in defining impact.

Kelly Feltault, PhD

Evaluation Without Borders (EWB) Coordinator

Kelly holds a PhD in Applied Anthropology and International Development from American University and has over twenty years of experience as a Program Evaluator and Program Officer. Her professional experience includes work with the Peace Corps, Institute of International Education, and Director of University of Virginia’s NSF ADVANCE IT grant, and Director of Institutional Research and Analytics at the University of Lynchburg.

Kelly ran her own consulting business many years and returned to consulting in 2019. She has evaluated cultural exchange programs, Bystander Intervention programs, anti-bias programs, English language learning programs, economic development programs, knowledge networks, and STEM education programs. She specializes in formative evaluation, gender and equity-focused evaluation, multi-sited evaluations, evaluation capacity building, data visualization, data management, qualitative research methods, survey design, self-efficacy metrics, and STEM equity. She is CITI certified in social science, was an NSEP and FLAS Fellow, and has worked in over twelve countries. Kelly is passionate about building the evaluation capacity of program professionals and transitioning organizations to be data-driven learning organizations.

Jackie Singh

Evaluation Without Borders (EWB) Coordinator

Jessica Kali

Career Connections Coordinator

Evan Seidner

Scholarships Coordinator

Evan is a recent graduate from American University with a Masters of Arts in International Relations. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Global Studies with minors in Political Science and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Before pursuing the MA, Evan spent time working in Tokyo, Japan in the grain industry as a Purchasing Analyst. Evan looks forward to entering the Evaluation field while serving as Program Co-Chair and Scholarships Co-Coordinator at WE.

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