As an intentionally small and agile organization, Rainbow Research maintains an established cadre of evaluation and content experts to complement the skills of the core staff or to conduct larger studies.
These long-term, close working relationships mean that scalable expert resources are available for your project whenever needed.
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Amaris is also employed as the Cultural Dynamics Manager at the Greater Twin Cities United Way. She studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, and has expanded her education in the areas of cross-cultural communication, inclusiveness, organizational planning, and has served as a consultant in these areas.
Emarita joins Rainbow Research project teams as a senior member, contributing to the evaluation design, development of instruments, and data collection and analysis. She has her master’s degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, and bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Gutierrez holds a degree in History from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City and a master’s in demography from El Colegio de Mexico. He has served as an adjunct professor at several institutions such as the Metropolitan Autonomous University, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, and the Autonomous University of Baja California and most recently Rodolfo has taught history at the University of Minnesota.
Over the past ten years, Nielsen has also held appointments as a professor at the John A. Powell at the Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. Her primary focus in evaluation has been to view and apply it as a tool for achieving racial/ethnic and indigenous justice through self-determined and transformative change.
She works with organizations serving marginalized communities to help them to achieve their missions and to serve their communities with strategies that make sense and are valued in the context of their cultures, and that hold promise for achieving transformative results. Data that are systematically collected to answer community- or organization-defined evaluation and research questions are analyzed within this larger context so that organizations can speak to the potential origins of disparities while working across institutions and structures to find solutions.
Nielsen earned her Master of Arts (2006) and doctorate (2009) in evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota. She was fortunate to receive a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2007-08 to help her complete her PhD Her dissertation focused on exploring indigenous approaches to evaluation in urban American Indian settings.
Economics and Statistic Experts
In addition to pursuing several ongoing research projects, Cohen serves as Biostatistician for Einstein’s Clinical Research Center and teaches biostatistics in Einstein’s Clinical Research Training Program. Before becoming a Co-executive Editor, Cohen served as Statistical Editor for the American Journal of Hypertension. He consults with Rainbow Research staff on advanced methodological and statistical issues.
Social Science Experts
An avid researcher on complexity and organizations, Holley has co-authored over 30 papers, articles, and books on various aspects of economic and community networking. She recently summarized research on key elements of dynamic regional economies in Strategies for Sustainable Entrepreneurship published by Ohio University’s Voinovich Center. She has been featured in <em>The Wall Street Journal, Ohio Magazine, Entrepreneur, In Business,</em> and many other publications.
Ms. Zoffer joins Rainbow Research teams to collect and analyze qualitative data. She holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, focused on educational policy and the management of public and non-profit organizations, and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. She is currently pursing a master’s degree in English as a Second Language at Hamline University.
Family and Children Services Experts
Allen is an adjunct professor in the Family Social Science Department of the University of Minnesota. He has served on the boards of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists, the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Youth and Families. Allen assists Rainbow Research in designing evaluation studies focused on family mental health and well-being and interpreting results.
Kreager earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict. She holds a certificate from Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
Scott served as a board member for The Childbirth Collective, a local non-profit that serves birthing families and promotes evidence-based maternity care, for six years. She earned a BA in Social Work and Women’s Studies from Saint Olaf College and dual Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Minnesota.