Holly Lewandowski is the founder and President of EFC. She holds a Masters of Arts in Sociology from DePaul University and has taken professional development courses on evaluation and grant writing through the Evaluatorsâ€™ Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago and Claremont Graduate University. With almost twenty years of experience designing, managing and implementing evaluation plans, database systems and small research projects for non-profits and state and federal grants, Holly brings a practical, honest and informed approach to addressing the needs of her clients.
Prior to creating EFC, Holly was the Statewide Evaluation Coordinator for the Illinois Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Network, an Illinois State Board of Education initiative that supports positive learning environments for all children. As the Statewide Evaluation Coordinator, Holly led several small research projects including participating in a three-state random control trial study, acted as a liaison between field-based staff, directors, Loyola University Chicago faculty, Illinois State Board of Education staff and national directors for the Center for PBIS at the University of Oregon to develop an evaluation system, trained staff and school personnel on the evaluation system and tools, and analyzed and summarized evaluation data for newsletters, annual reports and presentations.
Before joining PBIS, Hollyâ€™s thirst for knowledge and curiosity lead her to several research positions in the areas of childrenâ€™s mental health, linguistics, knowledge acquisition, and public health interventions. She cultivated her sense for social justice and love of travel while studying at Antioch College. Read Hollyâ€™s full curriculum vitae here.