Meridith Polin directs the Pew Fund’s evaluation capacity building initiative based in Philadelphia, which aims to accelerate the use of data for learning, strategy, and evaluation purposes among a cohort of Pew Fund grantees. Meridith has a deep background in evaluation, strategic planning, and program development- working previously as a consultant in New York City. She also worked at Public/Private Ventures on a variety of projects that addressed the needs of vulnerable youth and their families.
Meridith was also the director of research and evaluation at Citizen Schools, a nonprofit that expands learning opportunities for middle school students in high-poverty areas, where she supported internal continuous improvement projects and external fundraising and public policy efforts. Meridith has lectured widely and written several publications on the use of data for continuous organizational improvement. Meridith holds a master’s degree in community resources and development from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University. She also holds an executive certificate in social impact strategies from the University of Pennsylvania.