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Shawna Hoffman

Managing DirectorStrategic Learning & Impact, The Rockefeller Foundation

Shawna Hoffman is a Managing Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Strategy at The Rockefeller Foundation, where she’s worked since early 2016. As a member of the Foundation’s Organizational Performance office, she strengthens the Foundation’s performance and impact through innovative measurement and evaluation practices. In her role, Shawna collaborates with staff, grantees, and partners to assess the Foundation’s programmatic work, captures lessons, and contribute to the global evidence base. 


An international development evaluation practitioner by training, Shawna has experience supporting large-scale M&E efforts within various government, bi/multilateral and non-governmental organizations, including the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada), World Food Programme, and MasterCard Foundation. Her work experience spans dozens of countries across North America, Asia, and Africa.  


Shawna holds a Masters of International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University. 

Authored Content

  • Jun 29 2023
    Perspective Deepening Impact Through Strategic Learning We are committed to measuring our impact, learning from our and our partners’ successes and challenges, and transparently sharing impact and insights to promote dialogue and inform action. Sarah Hanck, Shawna Hoffman
  • Dec 18 2019
    Perspective Power for the Planet, Power for Pathways Out of Poverty As world leaders gathered last week at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid to debate greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and discuss climate action plans, The Rockefeller Foundation and Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, were building the first of 10,000 renewable-powered mini-grids. Through their new enterprise, TP Renewable Microgrid (TPRMG), 25 […] Shawna Hoffman
  • Apr 30 2018
    Perspective Is Improved Evidence the Next Big Priority for Impact Investing? The term impact investing was coined just over ten years ago at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy. At the time, the Foundation recognized a staggering gap between global development funding needs and the resources that were available. In fact, global philanthropic funds, even when combined with the development or aid budgets of governments, […] Shawna Hoffman
  • Jan 11 2018
    Perspective Impact of Renewable Energy Mini-Grids on Rural Economies and Livelihoods About 300 million people in India, most of them in rural areas, live without reliable electricity. Without electricity, people’s livelihood options are limited, access to basic services is restricted, and quality of life is adversely affected.  There is a consensus that rural electrification has the potential to transform rural communities. At the same time, however, […] Shawna Hoffman
  • Sep 01 2017
    Perspective Spotlight on Tech-Enabled M&E There is no longer any doubt that the explosion of available data and the speed with which it can be provisioned will revolutionize the way global challenges are solved. This trend has generated questions and speculation about how technology can support the generation of timely, high-quality data and evidence of social impact and how this, […] Shawna Hoffman