Isaac D. Castillo is the Director of Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning. Isaac manages, refines, and evolves VPP’s approaches and processes related to data collection, data reporting, and outcome measurement. He also is responsible for assessing the performance and effectiveness of VPP’s portfolio of investments, as well as VPP’s performance.
Prior to coming to VPP, Isaac served as the Deputy Director for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI). At DCPNI, Isaac led efforts to improve outcomes in the Kenilworth-Parkside community in Ward 7 of the District of Columbia through the strategic coordination of programmatic solutions and research-based strategies. Prior to his time at DCPNI, Isaac served as a Senior Research Scientist at Child Trends where he worked with nonprofits throughout the United States on the development and modification of performance management systems and evaluation designs. In addition, Isaac was also the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) where he led the organization’s evaluation and performance management work.
Isaac is recognized as a thought leader in the field of nonprofit performance management and evaluation, and brings over 15 years of research and evaluation experience to VPP. Isaac’s work has been highlighted in publications such as the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Youth Today, and the Wall Street Journal. He also authored the essay “First Do No Harm…Then Do More Good” in Mario Morino’s book Leap of Reason. In 2011, Isaac was honored by the Superstar Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his overall contributions to the field of nonprofit performance management.
Isaac received his Bachelors of Science in Human Resource Management from Syracuse University, and completed his Masters of Science in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Rochester. Isaac is a distinguished presenter and public speaker and was named an All-American Debater by the Cross Examination Debate Association during his time at Syracuse University. He has taught public speaking and debate at the college and high school levels, and he continues to provide public speaking instruction to youth throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland.