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Joelle Cook

Managing Director

Joelle brings an extensive background in evaluation and research to FSG, with a particular focus on evaluating complex advocacy and systems change efforts. Her experience has spanned many issue areas, including U.S. health, community development, and education. As a managing director, Joelle leads FSG’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation practice.

During her tenure at FSG, Joelle has led a number of strategic learning and evaluation projects for dozens of U.S.-based philanthropies and nonprofits. These projects have included developmental, formative, and summative evaluations, strategic reviews, and creations of strategic learning and evaluation systems. Clients have included the Headwaters Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Palix Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, Joelle was a consultant at ORS Impact, where she honed her evaluation skills working on complex advocacy and systems change evaluations. While there, Joelle also provided coaching and technical assistance to a number of clients, including a network of child advocacy groups. Prior to consulting, Joelle conducted research on international agricultural policy, including co-authoring a series on the gender implications of improved cropping technologies. Joelle also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, where she advised a Togolese NGO that supported people living with HIV/AIDS.


  • The University of Washington, MPA, Evans School of Public Affairs
  • The University of Iowa, BS, Political Science and Statistics


  • American Evaluation Association, Member


  • English
  • French

On working at FSG

“I’m inspired by the work we do each day helping clients and the philanthropic field more generally think about how best to address emergent and complex social problems, and how to use the tools of evaluation in those endeavors.”