Evan Schmidt joined Valley Vision in 2014. As Senior Director, Evan works with the CEO and board of directors to determine organizational strategy and direction. This work is directly informed by performance measures and data, which Evan manages through organizational evaluation practices. She has also managed projects in the Clean Economy, 21st Century Workforce, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Leadership and Civic Engagement strategy areas.
Evan holds dual master’s degrees in community development and geography. Before coming to Valley Vision, she was an independent consultant and program evaluator, working on evaluation projects for nonprofits and the government across the U.S. Evan specializes in qualitative evaluation methods, process management, research, and community engagement. Evan’s broad professional background includes environmental sustainability, public health, youth engagement, education, community development, women’s advocacy, and workforce development.
Evan’s contributions to local organizations and causes supports her personal and professional values. Some current contributions include:
- Nehemiah Emerging Leadership Senior Fellow
- LibreText Industrial Advisory Board
- Board Secretary, Empower Yolo
- UC Davis Center for Regional Change Regional Advisory Committee
- Natural Resources Commission, City of Davis, Vice Chair
- California Stewardship Network, leadership fellow alum
Evan’s passions revolve around process. While there are many types of programs that can improve lives, systems or environments, the common thread is a robust, well-informed, inclusive process to plan and carry out the work. Evan believes that this is made possible by effective process management that includes collaboration, inclusivity, engagement, and research; followed by reflection, learning and adjustment.
Evan transplanted from the Midwest to Davis in 2001 and has enthusiastically embraced California as home. She lives in Davis with her husband and two kids (plus a dog and guinea pig) and spends free time hiking, camping, or hosting neighborhood potlucks.