Evaluation Staff

Marc Holley, Ph.D.
As Evaluation Unit director, Marc is responsible for ensuring that the foundation staff and board of directors are provided with accurate, timely research and analysis to support strategic decision-making. He was previously a researcher at the University of Arkansas in the Office for Education Policy. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed research, conducting program evaluations, and authoring a book on teacher quality, he has worked with the What Works Clearinghouse. He was also a teacher, school administrator, and Peace Corps volunteer. Marc holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Arkansas, a M.Ed. from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. from Harvard University.

 

Matthew Carr, Ph.D.
As a senior research officer, Matthew focuses on evaluation of the foundation’s grant-making and providing research and analysis to inform strategic decision-making. Dr. Carr has worked as an analyst at Westat, where he conducted program evaluations of education and workforce development initiatives, and as the director of education policy at the Buckeye Institute, where his research focused on charter schools, vouchers, school finance, and performance-based compensation. He holds a B.A. and master's in public administration from Kent State University and a doctorate in public policy from the University of Arkansas.

 

Karen Minkel
As a research officer, Karen provides analysis and evaluation of the Home Region Focus Area’s grants and strategies. Karen previously worked for the City of Fayetteville as director of strategic planning and internal consulting, evaluating myriad programs, policies and processes. She has also worked in public sector consulting and served as a Teach For America corps member in Harlem. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.

 

Cheri Recchia, Ph.D.
Cheri Recchia is deputy director of the Evaluation Unit. Cheri focuses on evaluation of the Environment Focus Area and the environmental programs of the Home Region Focus Area. Cheri has worked in marine conservation in developed and developing countries around the world, especially the science, policy, and management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and conservation of threatened species. Recently, she led the development of an innovative, cost-effective approach to evaluating the performance of MPAs in California. Cheri holds a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.