Thought Partners for
Social Innovators

The ORS Impact team has earned a global reputation for leadership, insight and innovation. We work collaboratively with our clients, bringing our distinctive expertise in planning, measurement and evaluation to their most vexing challenges.

Melissa Howlett , MPA


Mel’s work in evaluation is driven by a strong sense of social justice and a belief in the power of evaluation to promote learning and facilitate social change. She excels in analyzing complex quantitative and qualitative data and presenting findings in ways that are understandable and actionable.

Mel earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy with a focus on Policy Analysis and Evaluation. During her graduate studies, she conducted research with Evans Policy Analysis and Research (EPAR) to inform the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Agriculture, Financial Services for the Poor, and Gender Equality strategies. She also worked as a contractor for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Evaluation and Learning team to support ongoing MLE work with various strategies.

In her free time, Mel enjoys practicing yoga, hiking and backpacking across Washington state, and reading.

Sample Projects:

  • MLE partner to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity strategy
  • Evaluation of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Approach
  • Evaluation Partner for the Public Square Team at the Democracy Fund