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.