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Dr. Gabriela Garcia (she/her) is unwavering and dedicated to promoting and nurturing communities affected by poverty and injustice and has committed over a decade to doing what she does best. Her extensive experience in evaluation and research design, qualitative methods, project management, theory of change and logic model development, and culturally responsive evaluation has proven to be a valuable asset to her and the communities she serves.

She has led or co-led mixed-method evaluations for numerous STEM and health initiatives funded by various federal and foundation organizations. Her areas of evaluation, research, and technical assistance work have included curriculum development, after-school programs, diversity, equity-focused initiatives, and broadening participation in STEM projects.

Aside from her extensive experience, Gabriela also actively presents her research and evaluation work at professional conferences like the American Evaluation Association, the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, and the National Latino Psychological Association. Her latest work, “Situational Awareness and Interpersonal Competence as Evaluator Competencies,” has been co-published in the prestigious American Journal of Evaluation.

She is proud to hold a PhD in educational psychology with a program evaluation specialization from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. Gabriela is undeniably a force to be reckoned with in the world of education and research and one that stands out among the rest.

BECOME has been uplifted by Gabriela’s commitment to integrity and accountability along with her profound passion for community voice, engagement, and collective power.

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