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Victoria Perera, MSW

Research Consultant

Contact: vperera@engagerd.com

Victoria is passionate about meaningfully engaging community members and other stakeholders in evaluation and learning. As a consultant, she draws on her past experiences in the nonprofit and public sectors working directly with those most impacted by social justice issues. She works closely with her clients to produce strong frameworks for articulating key strategies and expected outcomes and then implementing rigorous evaluation approaches that generate actionable insights.

Victoria began her career working at a women’s shelter with survivors of intimate partner violence. During that time, she observed the countless barriers that vulnerable populations face in accessing services and navigating complex systems as well as the challenges experienced by organizations committed to serving those most in need. Her interest in addressing social injustices led her to social work. However, while studying to be a clinician, she discovered an affinity for data and shifted her focus to research. She honed her skills in applied research by working in the research and evaluation division of a large Los Angeles nonprofit serving diverse community members. She has since worked as a consultant with an array of clients, including the Council on American Islamic Relations, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, The California Endowment, and Southern California Grantmakers.

Victoria offers special expertise in community-based participatory research and empowerment evaluation. She is currently working with Southern California Grantmakers to evaluate the Los Angeles Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Initiative. As part of this work, she collaborated with stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of key strategies and impacts and articulate core principles to guide collaborative efforts.

 

Education

Master of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Virginia