Veronica Olazabal, who had been part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s agriculture and global health initiative teams between 2007-2010, rejoined the Foundation in 2015. As Director of Measurement, Evaluation, and Organizational Performance, Ms. Olazabal oversees the Foundation-wide measurement and evaluation function at the strategy, initiative, and grants portfolio levels, including the assessment of the impact of the Foundation’s work. She is also part of the Foundation’s senior leadership team.
Ms. Olazabal comes to the Foundation with more than 15 years of program and research leadership and management experience. Her professional portfolio spans four continents and includes working with the MasterCard and Rockefeller Foundation’s international programs on topics ranging from youth learning and financial inclusion to climate change and market solutions. She has also led the monitoring, evaluation, and research efforts of social venture Nuru International, UMCOR (The United Methodists Committee on Relief), and the Food Bank for New York City.
A strong believer in the systematic role evaluation can play in addressing global challenges, Ms. Olazabal has co-chaired InterAction’s (the largest U.S. network of international NGOs) Working Group for Evaluation and Program Effectiveness and represented civil society for the United Nation’s discussions on development effectiveness. In addition to currently serving on the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Board of Directors, Ms. Olazabal is founder of AEA’s Social Impact Measurement (SIM) Topical Interest Group (TIG) and co-chair of AEA’s International and Cross-Cultural Evaluation (ICCE) TIG. She is the recipient of the 2014 AEA Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Evaluation Practice Award, presented to an evaluator who exemplifies outstanding evaluation practice and who has made substantial cumulative contributions to the field of evaluation.
Ms. Olazabal holds a B.A. in Communications focused on international agricultural and environmental studies, a master’s degree in Urban Policy and Planning (with an applied agriculture economics focus) from Rutgers University, and is acquiring her M.A. in SocioCultural Anthropology from Columbia University. She is a frequent contributor to ICT Works and AEA365 with recent publications including “The role of new information and communication technologies in equity-focused evaluation: Opportunities and challenges” published in Evaluation and Situating the Next Generation of Impact Investing Measurement and Evaluation for Impact Investing published by the Foundation.