Position: Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Partnerships

Location: Portland, Oregon

Organization: Northwest Evaluation Association

Dr. Aaliyah Samuel is a bilingual executive leader with expertise at the local, state and national levels. She has led large and small teams within nonprofit organizations and state government. Dr. Samuel’s experiences include program evaluation and evidence-based programs, data collection and disaggregation, policy development and implementation. She has informed state policy agendas, assisted with developing cross-systems approaches to develop policy solutions to support leading systems-level change.

In her current role as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Partnerships at the Northwest Evaluation Association, she oversees the state and federal policy and advocacy agenda for the organization. Prior to her role at NWEA, she was the Director of Education at the National Governors Association. While at NGA, Dr. Samuel oversaw the Education Division, which included business development, strategic planning, cross-divisional projects and supporting high-ranking state officials in the development of policies that impacted education, health and the workforce.

Dr. Samuel has expertise in policy development, project management, fundraising, long-range strategic planning, continuous quality improvement models and research. She has worked with diverse constituents, speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of topics and serves on numerous committees and boards. Dr. Samuel also serves as an appointed Senior Fellow to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child.