PURPOSE: The New York Consortium of Evaluators aims to provide a forum for professional evaluators in the New York area to network, exchange ideas and knowledge, and participate in professional development activities that promote excellence in the field of evaluation.

Long-term goal (vision) – Strengthen the field of evaluation
     − Help the NGO, government and foundation communities of NYC and the world at large 
        to better understand the value of strong evaluations and what is needed to achieve them

Interim goal (vision) – Become the widely-acknowledged point of entry into the world of evaluation for NYC practitioners and the NGO, government and foundation communities; To serve as a
     − Resource for practitioners, a place to...
        o  Feel connected to others in the field
            o  Discuss with peers barriers to effective evaluations and how to overcome them – 
           difficulties with evaluations, difficulties within the workplace – 
           or simply fill in gaps in our knowledge and skills, e.g., logistics, statistics, design...
            o  Learn new skills
        o  Expand our knowledge of the field
        o  Find mentors
        o  Find employment

     – Resource for NGOs and foundations, where to find...
        o  Knowledge of sound evaluation methods
        o  Skilled evaluators

Joseph Luesse

Diamond St. Thomas
Diamond is the Associate Director of Research and Evaluation for Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation. With a M.S. in Nonprofit Management, she has been committed to strengthening nonprofits through strategic planning and evaluation. For the past 5 years she has been consulting on different strategic initiatives. She has been a guest panelist for organizations such Evaluate for Change and Arts for All. She continues her evaluation work in supporting education and youth development organizations. 

Elizabeth DiLuzio 
Elizabeth works as a project manager in the Program Evaluation and Planning Department of Good Shepherd Services.  She lives in Brooklyn, loves biking and yoga, and owns an adorable shih tzu.  Elizabeth graduated from NYU with masters’ degrees in Public Health and Social Work in 2014.  While in graduate school, she served for two years as a Secretary with the Global Public Health Action Network, a student collective that connected interested students with professionals in the field for the purposes of information sharing, networking, and internships. Prior to graduate school, Elizabeth was an 8th grade special education teacher in New Jersey for six years.  While teaching, she served for four years as a Secretary for the local teachers’ union, as well as for two years for the county chapter of our teachers’ union

Co-Program Officer

Liya Aklilu

Liya Aklilu is an independent monitoring, evaluation and organizational learning consultant with over 10 years of evaluation experience supporting international health projects implemented by various international NGOs, donors and UN agencies. Her work has focused on providing monitoring and evaluation leadership for projects focused on health systems strengthening, human resources for health, sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. Liya’s work in evaluation has centered on mixed-methods, culturally responsive and contextually relevant approaches and on strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems by working with local partners to enhance data use for decision making, planning, and program design. Liya has a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology from the University of North Texas. She is a graduate of the American Evaluation Association’s GEDI program.

Co-Program Officer
SunJeong Lee

In her role as Management Analyst at Cultural Vistas, SunJeong helps to expand the impact of international exchange through data and bridges connections through transparency and information sharing. She helps cultivate institutional and private partnerships that make it possible for international visitors to have enriching opportunities that garner a transfer of knowledge through cultural and educational programs. In recent years, she has spearheaded the impact assessment taskforce to develop a 5-year longitudinal monitoring and evaluation plan to aid in the organization’s 2020 Strategic Goals. She strongly believes in continuous development and the importance of creating room for the stakeholders’ voice in the decision making process. Prior to this role, she has provided logistical support for several pilot rounds of the Korea WEST government grant program.As a New York City resident, she enjoys experimenting with new cuisines, riding the Citibike, watching the U.S. Open, and star gazing in Battery Park.

Communications Officer
Kathleen Wetzel Apltauer
Kathleen is an independent research and evaluation consultant, concentrating on international and domestic programs that target marginalized groups and those living in poverty.  Her years of research experience are layered upon more than twenty years in various domains within operations at an international NGO. She currently also serves in adjunct capacities at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Center for Global affairs where she teaches Monitoring & Evaluation, and College of Dentistry.  Kathleen holds a Master in Public Administration from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where her focus was on international health policy and economic development.