The American Evaluation Association recently honored Katherine Dawes ’90 MPA/’93 MA for outstanding work at its annual awards luncheon in conjunction with its Evaluation 2012 conference in Minneapolis, MN. AEA is an international professional association that comprises more than 7,600 members worldwide.
Dawes is currently the director of the Evaluation Support Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and received the 2012 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Award. A federal employee credited with placing an unprecedented emphasis on the importance of environmental evaluation, Dawes has had a presence at EPA for the past 20 years. She started as an analyst in 1990, has worked in the brownfields and underground storage tanks programs on government innovation and environmental justice issues, and in 2000 was selected to spearhead its new Evaluation Support Division.
A 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire who earned a dual master’s of public administration and geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Dawes is credited with building capacity and support for environmental evaluation at EPA, outreach to other government agencies and around the world, and is well known for her adeptness at cross-agency connections and her collaborative approach.
Dawes served a critical role in the founding of the Environmental Evaluators Network, which holds an annual forum in Washington, DC. Similar groups have since spawned in Canada, Europe and Mexico. She is an active member of the Federal Evaluators, the Environmental Evaluators Network (environmentalevaluators net/), as well as the American Evaluation Association. She is also a founding and former Trustee of the Environmental Leadership Program, a non-profit, non-partisan organization designed to train and support the next generation of environmental leaders. For the full story, click here.