Thank you


Sign up to receive updates from the Gates Foundation

Privacy Policy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Authors / Biography

Jodi Nelson

Title Director of Strategy, Measurement & Evaluation
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jodi Nelson, director of Strategy, Measurement & Evaluation (SME), leads a central team to strengthen and harmonize the foundation’s use of measurement and evaluation.  SME works across the foundation’s three program areas (Global Health, Global Development and US programs) to manage the annual strategy process, define policy and standards for evaluation, and ensure that investments are results-focused.

Prior to joining the foundation, Jodi spent eight years at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where she led an initiative to bridge the gap between academics and aid workers to strengthen the quality of data used to effect and measure change in post-conflict countries. She founded the IRC’s department of Research, Evaluation and Learning.  She has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, and has taught at Princeton and New York University.

Posts By Jodi Nelson


Can Ultimate Frisbee Inspire Peace in the Middle East?

Learn about Ultimate Peace - an organization that brings young people from opposite sides of the playing field together around a common purpose.

Full Blog Post


Evaluation Policy and Practice: Why it Matters

Evaluation is defined as the systematic and objective assessment of an intervention, project, policy, program or partnership.

Full Blog Post


How Do We Make Measurement Core to Our Business?

Firms maximize their profits by developing strategy with targets, tracking progress, and using incentives to drive achievement. Without the natural feedback of the market, how can we use this approach to drive toward results for the poor?

Full Blog Post