Joanna manages external evaluation activities, leads internal evaluation activities, provides ongoing technical assistance to program staff on their areas of work, and trains program staff on monitoring and evaluation practices at the Foundation.
Most recently, Joanna served as Associate Director of Monitoring & Evaluation at Heartland Alliance International (HAI), where she led the development and implementation of an organization-wide monitoring and evaluation system. Prior to that role, she worked as a Program Officer at HAI’s headquarters office in Chicago, where she managed and provided evaluation support to human rights-based programs in the Middle East, East Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. Before moving to Chicago, she worked as an independent evaluation consultant for several grassroots and international non-profit organizations based in Cambodia.
Joanna received a Master of Social Work in International Development & Research from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.
Joanna Cohen works on the following MacArthur programs and projects: