Making and Measuring Impact
In Episode 4, hosts Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette are joined by Tiffany Cooper Gueye, chief operating officer at Blue Meridian Partners and former CEO of the national nonprofit, BellXcel. Tiffany draws on her experiences as both a nonprofit leader and a funder, as well as her expertise in measurement and evaluation, to talk with Grace and Phil about how donors can better understand what works — and how they can go beyond their traditional networks to identify and support organizations that are doing vital work effectively.
Tiffany is Chief Operating Officer at Blue Meridian Partners, Inc., and previously served as the CEO of BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) from 2008 to 2017. Tiffany started her career at BELL in 1998 and has served in a variety of roles, including Program Manager, Director of Evaluation, and Chief Operating Officer. During her tenure at BELL, Tiffany was a driving force in creating a data-driven culture of continual improvement at BELL, leading the organization’s growth to annually serve more than 15,000 students in schools across 28 states. BELL’s expanded learning programs, partnership model, and evaluation methods have become nationally recognized as best practices in expanded learning programs. BELL’s rigorous evidence has informed local and federal policy efforts aimed at increasing the role of expanded learning programs for at-risk students.
Tiffany is a recipient of Boston College’s Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award and served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She was recognized by The Network Journal and by The Boston Business Journal as a “Top 40 Under 40” achiever, and won the “Be the Change Award” from the Massachusetts Conference for Women.
She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Evaluation and Measurement, both from Boston College.
Producer: Sarah Martin
Music: “FasterFasterBrighter” by Blue Dot Sessions
Artwork: Jay Kustka