Evan Schmidt

Director of Strategy and Evaluation

Evan has been working at Valley Vision since 2014 – starting as a Program Manager working on clean transportation and energy initiatives. Since that time Evan has managed a variety of projects within the Clean Economy and Workforce Development strategy areas; and is currently managing projects in addition to directing efforts in strategic planning and evaluation. Evan comes to Valley Vision with wide-ranging community development and program evaluation experience. She earned dual Master’s degrees in Community Development and Geography from UC Davis and has worked as a consultant on diverse projects related to youth engagement, healthy eating, active living, environmental sustainability, and food access. Most recently, Evan has worked as a program evaluator, leading qualitative data collection and analysis for nonprofit and state agencies across the U.S.  As an evaluator, Evan specializes in participatory evaluation methods that lend to improving processes, measuring outcomes, and empowering program participants.

Evan’s work philosophy developed during formative years working in the mountains of Colorado as a camp counselor, outdoor educator, and backpacking trip leader. She learned the power of two important philosophies: first, “See Do”, or if you see something that needs to be done, do it without wondering if it is in your job description; second, “Operate in Chaos, Finish in Style” – or, accept a messy process but pull together your best creativity and innovation for the end. 

In her free time Evan is hiking with the family, out running to train for a race, or practicing community building through supervising feral packs of neighborhood kids, planning weekly potlucks, or playing in neighborhood ping pong tournaments.