Andrea Anderson, PhD

“I firmly believe that Detroit’s well-being is a bellwether for our country. Leveraging the Foundation’s financial capital to advance the equitable resurgence of Detroit is not only the right thing to do, it has the potential to inform other cities across the country, and that is what I wake up thinking about every day.”

Andrea Anderson joined the Foundation as the Director of Evaluation, Learning, and Impact in 2018. In this role, Andrea works collaboratively with Foundation staff to design and implement a coordinated and comprehensive evaluation, performance monitoring, learning and communications plan that advances the Foundation’s Opportunity Agenda for Detroit Children. Andrea facilitates learning and thinking within the Foundation and among community partners, and encourages a culture of candor, accountability and innovation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Andrea spent 25 years conducting program evaluation, policy analysis, and applied research for nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and civic leadership groups. Additionally, Andrea is an expert practitioner of the Theory of Change Approach to planning and evaluation in the US and abroad. In her previous experience, she developed curricula and training materials that have built the capacity of civic and non-profit leaders to apply a structural racism lens to work designed to reduce racial disparities in health, education, employment and asset development.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance as well as a Master’s Degree in Family and Community Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Doctorate degree in Evaluation and Planning from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Foundation, Andrea was the president of North Star Planning and Evaluation Consultants. She has also held research positions at Abt Associates, The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change, and The Pratt Center for Community Development.

A native of Baltimore Andrea is an avid football fan. During the off-season she loves spending her time at farmers markets, art exhibits, bookstores, or in relentless pursuit of the perfect beach sunset photo.

Areas of expertise:
using data and evaluation to inform education, social service, and economic empowerment initiatives supported by philanthropy.

Areas of expertise:
Few things bring me greater joy than “kicking the tires” on a logic model or evaluation plan to make it as strong as possible.

Some of my favorite things:
Novels by African women, cooking, Baltimore Ravens football, the ocean, and dancing.

How I reenergize:
Long walks along the Detroit River.