Who we are
PIE builds the capacity of mission-driven organizations to evaluate impact, promote learning, and facilitate equitable change.
PIE envisions a future where all organizations have the capacity to fulfill their missions, live their values, and serve their communities.
We provide leadership that stewards projects through all planning, implementation, and evaluation phases in a way that is proactive, consensus-driven, solutions oriented, and assets based, such that all deadlines and deliverables are met.
We are dedicated to lifting up diverse voices, leading an inclusive process, and utilizing data to inform issues of equitable program implementation and outcomes, such that our processes and products promote equity across community members.
We are always responsive to the unique needs of each project and seek to act like an internal partner, just down the hall, such that all questions and concerns are efficiently and effectively addressed.
We are versatile in our approach to each project and will be flexible with project plans, timelines, and goals as new priorities arise. We will work with our clients to provide targeted support, as needed, to ensure the highest quality deliverables.
We prioritize the implementation of our work products and will engage stakeholders to streamline processes and build capacity to implement and sustain changes in practice.
We lead a collaborative, transparent process that engages all stakeholders to achieve consensus understanding of process and goals. We believe that inclusive collaboration between program, community, and the evaluation team is critical to success.
We strive for excellence in all we do. We provide rigorous, high quality planning, implementation, and evaluation services to all projects, regardless of scope or size.
Nancy is an executive management leader with diverse experience within the non-profit, education, and corporate sectors. She is committed to disrupting systems of oppression, advancing equity, and facilitating transformative
change. She brings a range of experiences to PIE, including team management and development; evaluation and research; project management; consulting; program and partner relations; and, building operational efficiencies. During her free time, she loves to read, cook, travel, and visit new restaurants.
Director of Evaluation
Keirstin has over a decade of experience in education, nonprofit management, program evaluation and social impact consulting. Possessing a master’s degree in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University, Keirstin is dedicated to enhancing organizational capacities, establishing continual learning systems, and centering the strengths of communities. In her free time, you can find Keirstin lost in her latest haul from the Chicago Public Library, taking walks around her neighborhood, or refining her dance moves.
Director of Strategic Planning
Jennifer is a creative problem-solver and measured risk-taker, focused on driving innovative and sustainable organizational improvements. She has worked as an evaluation and strategy consultant to nonprofit and government agencies since 1999 and has a deep passion for engaging staff and stakeholders to lead organizational change.
She holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and enjoys hiking and travel and has the dirt from more than 30 countries caking her boots.
Senior Evaluation Coach
Francisca earned her M.Ed. in Educational Research Methodology at Boston College and is currently a doctoral student at Loyola University Chicago. As a Senior Research Associate at PIE Org, she applies her research knowledge by conducting data analysis and statistical testing for clients. Francisca is passionate about international affairs and global peace and enjoys working on mixed-methods research and evaluation in her daily work.
Karen is an educator with over twenty years of experience in curriculum development, program evaluation, and capacity building primarily in Chicago’s under-resourced communities. At the beginning of her career, she served as a classroom teacher and school leader, later transitioning to the nonprofit sector, using a person-centered mindset to guide program evaluation and professional learning in arts education. In addition to her work, Karen finds joy in music, dancing, gardening, and dogs.
Audrey has over 10 years of experience conducting research and evaluation in health and social service settings within the non-profit, local government, and corporate sectors. She is dedicated to tailoring person-centered approaches to understanding data, analytics, and context to inform impactful decision-making. Audrey holds two master’s degrees in Public Health Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work, you can find her covered in dirt from the garden, paint from the latest art project, or off exploring with her adventure pup.
Senior Research Associate
Eleanor’s early career was spent in secondary/higher education, where she worked on college campuses and high school college access programs. She first joined PIE Org as a graduate intern, utilizing her experiences in academia and secondary/higher education to assist in serving organizations focused on education. A current doctoral candidate in Research Methodology, she brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and skills in academia, evaluation, and research. Over the years, Eleanor has become PIE Org’s ‘go-to’ person for literature reviews; she also supports design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
As a Research Associate at PIE, Elisa supports project
management, data collection, and qualitative and quantitative analysis for multiple PIE projects that focus on education and community development. She is a licensed math teacher, has advanced Spanish proficiency, and holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Director of Operations & Administration
Laura has worked at PIE since its inception, bringing with her the knowledge and background she developed early in her career in corporate finance and credit. She supports PIE’s work and growth behind the scenes by managing day-to-day operations and human resources/management responsibilities.
Laura coordinates the back-end functions of PIE, while aiming for effective communication with staff, clients, and vendors so that our team in the field is seamlessly supported.
Director BAM Research and Evaluation
Kimberlee Guenther, Ph.D.
Chief Impact Officer
United Way of Metro Chicago
Leanne Kallemeyn, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Research Methodology
Center for Health and the Social Sciences -University of Chicago
Vice President -Project Management
Assistant Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago