Manager of Impact Assessment and Learning
Kevin Rafter was appointed manager, research and evaluation in December 2010, having previously served the Foundation as special assistant to the vice president for Programs upon joining the foundation in 2007. Kevin works with program teams to develop evaluation and research projects that enable us to learn from our work, refine our strategies and demonstrate the impact of promising approaches. He also works with our Communications team to communicate findings and leads our annual foundation-wide assessments. Prior to joining Irvine, Kevin conducted research on the nonprofit sector as research associate at the Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management at the University of San Francisco. Kevin is a native Californian and earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from University of California at Davis. Kevin has a doctoral degree from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His dissertation analyzed the location of nonprofit social service organizations relative to social needs and financial resources across two regions of Northern California. He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
Working in a state as large and diverse as California is, it’s valuable for the Irvine Foundation Board of Directors to hold some of its board meetings outside of our offices. Each year, the board visits a different region, to see the work that the Foundation is supporting and to meet with leaders in the community.Read the Story