Thana-Ashley Charles

Thana-Ashley Charles


Thana brings to TCC prior experience in the nonprofit field having worked in youth development for the New York Foundling as well as in fostering cross-sector collaborations for social good while at the Intersector Project. She also has specific experience in health sector evaluations having contributed to research on the success of an intervention to address the nutritional outcome disparities of immigrant cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. While at TCC, thus far she has worked on creating theory of change frameworks, identifying relevant evaluation metrics, and creating and analyzing survey data for clients that include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Washtenaw Coordinated Funders. Thana joins TCC from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Given the political landscape and increased media coverage around issues of discrimination, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have become all the more prevalent in the social sector. This isn’t to say that DEI hasn’t been important in years past—it has. The main difference now is that more organizations in the social sector are holding themselves and being held accountable to exhibiting their practice of DEI principles.

As an evaluator, I have seen varying levels of commitment to using principles of DEI and acknowledge that it is not always an easy or straightforward endeavor. Here are a few clarifying points on how I frame thinking about DEI and some guiding questions to discuss when thinking about incorporating DEI in your work: Continue reading

4 Tips for Culturally Responsive Programming

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

I’ve always had an inherent appreciation for diversity – yet my training and work in the evaluation space has fostered even greater realization that diversity is a critical component to both program design and evaluation. Continue reading