I joined Apex as an Evaluator in November 2020. My evaluation practices take a collaborative approach that is mindful of context and history and seek to clarify the world around us. For me, evaluation is all about turning data into understanding how things work and guiding practical change that betters people, organizations, and communities.

Background and Education

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a Sociocultural concentration from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Wanting to expand my knowledge and skills, I moved to Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico, where I completed a Master’s in Anthropology with an Ethnology concentration. While completing my MA, I became interested in public health and health equity and completed a Master’s in Public Health (concentrating in Community Health Intervention) at UNM to complement my anthropological background. My time in graduate school introduced me to the importance of community engagement in addressing the big questions about equity, and my approach to research puts community and individuals at the center. Health research and evaluation are most impactful and meaningful when they include those directly affected by the issues. 

My spare time mainly consists of spending time with my partner and our New Mexican brown dog, June Bug, in pursuit of the perfect doughnut.