Emi Fujita-Conrads

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Senior Researcher, Culturally Responsive & Equitable Evaluation

Emi sees evaluation as a collaborative process of learning alongside partners about their programs and discussing practices to meet the needs of all students. In her work, Emi seeks to infuse culturally responsive approaches that prioritize the values and experiences of the program community into studies that promote educational equity and community-led change. Overall, Emi is motivated by the opportunity to help programs across various educational and social contexts learn something new about their work and make positive changes.

Before joining Education Northwest, Emi worked in the nonprofit sector. During this time, she saw how evaluation promoted equitable education by guiding programs to improve their practice. Evaluation also applied similar research methods she had learned studying sociology/anthropology to on-the-ground programs. As a graduate student, Emi worked on various evaluation projects, primarily with community colleges. She enjoyed working with like-minded researchers and educators who were motivated to improve the experiences and outcomes of students and seeing how evaluation improved programs over time.


  • Ph.D., Social Research Methodology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Social Research Methodology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, Lewis & Clark College

The most beautiful place I've seen is...

Perito Moreno glacier.

My dog thinks I...

Don't notice when she sleeps on the couch.

My kryptonite is...

Good deals.

Emi Fujita-Conrads

Areas of Expertise

  • Culturally responsive and equitable evaluation
  • Mixed-methods research designs
  • Collaborative and participatory approaches
  • Evaluation policy

Case Briefs & Publications