Melanie Gonzalez, MA, joined the Weitzman Institute as an Evaluation Specialist in December 2019. Melanie has a range of work experiences focused on increasing access to resources, improving quality of life outcomes, and building power and influence of marginalized and oppressed communities. She has worked to address community needs for over 6 years through direct service and support, partnership and coalition building, anti-racist community education and organizing, program evaluation, and organization development.
Prior to joining CHC she worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist at New Reach, Inc. where she drove efforts to improve the quality of the agency’s homelessness programs, the accuracy of its data, and the efficiency of its processes. She has also consulted and volunteered in program and organization development projects for organizations such as the Connecticut State office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the New York National Guard’s Counter Drug Task Force, Citywide Youth Coalition, Students for Educational Justice (SEJ), and the New Haven LGBTQ+ Youth Task Force.
Melanie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College with a double major in Psychology and English and a Master of Arts in Community Psychology with a Concentration in Program Development. She has also received training in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), Results Based Accountability (RBA), Undoing Racism, health equity, social determinants of health, and youth-led community organizing.