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.

Paula Rowland , PhD

Vice President of People and Culture

Paula finds joy in using her knowledge of evaluation to support small and large organizations whose work makes the world a better place for all of us. Professionally, she is happiest when leveraging the collective wisdom of a team. Paula brings her experiences with nonprofit management, evaluation consulting with nonprofits and foundations, and cultural competence from living and working cross-culturally. She is known as a careful listener who finds ways to translate data and findings to all stakeholders, from the board of directors to beneficiaries in a wide range of projects focused on improving education, health and social wellbeing at individual, community, state, national and international levels.  

Paula joined ORS in 2011 after working as an independent consultant supporting nonprofits in strategic planning and evaluation and collaborating on several international projects with the United Nations and family foundations in sub-Saharan Africa. Paula has a PhD in Comparative International Education and a Master’s in Public Health from UCLA. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived and volunteered in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

When not working or traveling, Paula is often cooking or baking for family and friends.

Sample Projects:

  • Evaluation partner for the William K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network 
  • Evaluation partner for the William K. Kellogg Foundation’s Strong and Effective Sector
  • Evaluation partner for the Parent Child Home Program in King County and National Pilot Program 
  • Facilitator and coach for ORS’ Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) Consulting Lab