Beeta Tahmassebi

Beeta Tahmassebi Steps into the Role of President for Washington Evaluators

Please join us in congratulating our Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Beeta Tahmassebi, who is beginning her term as President of Washington Evaluators. Ms. Tahmassebi previously served on the Washington Evaluators board as Treasurer in 2019 and President-Elect in 2020. She will continue to support the board as Past President in 2022.

Mrs. Tahmassebi noted, “2021 promises to be a big year for Washington Evaluators, and we have an incredible Board assembled that is already getting to work to turn our vision into reality!” In her letter to the Washington Evaluators’ community, Ms. Tahmassebi outlines her priorities for the year, including the development of a new strategic plan that reflects WE’s values and commitments to anti-racism and inclusivity, a commitment to providing more opportunities for online engagements, and hopes for building even stronger ties within the community in the months ahead.

Washington Evaluators, a professional society in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is one of the largest affiliates of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). In addition to its membership and programming efforts, Washington Evaluators offers mentorship and scholarship opportunities as well an Evaluation without Borders program to support community engagement.

Ms. Tahmassebi has been with EnCompass since 1999 and has worked with diverse clients, including USAID, the World Food Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was Director of Operations for The Evaluators’ Institute for 4 years before launching the EnCompass Learning Center, which provides online evaluation and organization development training to participants from around the world. In her current role as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Ms. Tahmassebi also oversees operations functions including outreach and communications, knowledge management, and risk mitigation efforts. She is a member of the AEA’s Professionalization and Competencies Working Group and a frequent presenter at evaluation conferences and other events around the world.

Ms. Tahmassebi is honored to serve the evaluation community in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

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Beeta Tahmassebi

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Beeta Shadman Tahmassebi, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, oversees EnCompass' knowledge management and communications teams, manages enterprise risk management, and is Executive Director for the EnCompass Learning Center (ELC). From 2017 to 2020, Ms. Tahmassebi was also Director of Operations for The Evaluators' Institute. She has managed evaluation and development programs for a range of clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health, USAID, Save the Children, Lutheran World Relief, IREX, American Library Association, Institute for Museum and Library Services, U.S. Department of Labor, World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Marriot International, and Daimler AG. With many years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating capacity strengthening and learning programs, Ms. Tahmassebi is excited to provide high-quality professional development in evaluation, management, and international development to a global audience of learners through the ELC. She is a champion for young and emerging evaluators, bringing a strong commitment to lifelong learning to EnCompass' clients. Ms. Tahmassebi serves on the Board of Directors (2020 President-Elect and 2021 President) for Washington Evaluators, the largest local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is a frequent presenter at special events and conferences, serves on the AEA Working Group for Evaluation Professionalization, and is an active member of the AEA local affiliates collaborative. She has an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDounough School of Business and is proficient in Farsi.

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