Tanisha Tate Woodson is a Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation Senior Advisor at Education Northwest. In this role, she aspires to incorporate a racial equity lens across ongoing and future evaluation studies. Tanisha currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the House Bill 2016 Grantee evaluation. In collaboration with the Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, she is leading an evaluation team to assess the implementation of grantees’ programs to identify best strategies for supporting students and their families as they navigate the educational system and strive for positive outcomes.
Tanisha has extensive experience designing, implementing, and managing collaborative projects on a variety of topics including early childhood education, child welfare, and youth development. Across her evaluation portfolio, Tanisha uses culturally responsive and equitable evaluation approaches and methods to address structural inequities that systematically marginalize groups across identities of race, class, and gender. She is committed to a collaborative and participatory evaluation process that elevates the voices of stakeholders and ensures they play a meaningful role. She aspires to bridge the gap between science and social service by making evaluation meaningful and accessible to nonprofits, philanthropic entities, social service systems, and organizations to drive policy and program improvements. Tanisha earned her doctorate in social welfare at Case Western Reserve University and her master’s in public health policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.