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Director of Impact Assessment and Learning
Kim Ammann Howard was appointed Director of Impact Assessment and Learning in November 2015. She brings more than 20 years of social impact experience with diverse individuals and groups in a variety of settings including community-based organizations, foundations, and intermediaries as well as government and academic institutions at the local, state, national, and international levels. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kim spent ten years at Informing Change, a Berkeley-based consulting firm, designing, conducting, and overseeing evaluation, strategy, and applied research efforts. This included facilitating collaborative work within and across client organizations and key stakeholder groups to identify their priority needs and ensure efficient and effective processes to collect, synthesize, and share information that stimulates ongoing learning, application, and change.
Kim’s previous positions include directing evaluations and applied research projects at the Stanford University School of Medicine's Prevention Research Center and at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Earlier, at the Contra Costa County’s Health Services Department, she facilitated the implementation of a variety of prevention programs and staffed cross-sector networks focused on policy and systems change. As a volunteer, she enjoys providing pro-bono assessment and evaluation services, both locally and internationally. Kim serves on the board of 1951 Coffee Company, a nonprofit that seeks to promote the well-being of the refugee community through job training and employment. Kim holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
With support from Irvine, Engage R+D hosted a series of listening sessions with California-based evaluators of color who work with philanthropic clients. The brief lifts up the voices and experiences of evaluators of color, lays out the challenges they face in their careers, and offers suggestions for how to address these barriers.Read the Story
A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) provide us a unique snapshot of California’s workforce and how the views of those working but struggling with poverty compares to workers who are economically secure.Read the Story
To really influence the field, we need to build our knowledge sharing muscle beyond our four walls and usual circles. A new report from the Foundation Center, Open for Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking, aims to help funders do just that.Read the Story
Last fall, The James Irvine Foundation partnered with community organizations to hold 14 Community Listening Sessions in six regions across California. We spoke to more than 400 Californians (in 10 languages) to better understand their hopes, fears, challenges, and dreams.Read the Story