Keoki Hansen is a Research Associate at the IVMF supporting the team in the areas of evaluation, communication, and research. Keoki comes to IVMF with extensive experience in youth development, community health initiatives, and sustainable agriculture. Storytelling through data is at the core of Keoki’s work—and drives her commitment and passion about effectively using data to both communicate program outcomes and impacts to improve program practices.
Keoki is not new to the nonprofit space, serving as the Director of Research and Evaluation at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for nearly 15 years. There, she managed a myriad of research and evaluation projects, including a multi-year, multi-million dollar, research project enhancing school-based mentoring programs, resulting in a 50% improvement in program retention. In addition, Keoki developed a nation-wide youth outcomes system, integrating data from several sources in order to assess program impact and ultimately, program improvements.
Along with her work at IVMF, Keoki also serves as a Planning and Research Associate at Cornell University, at the Cornell College of Business, focused on student assessments and assurance of learning. Additionally, she has taught courses in research methods and statistics.
Keoki has her BA in Psychology from Castleton State College and her MA in Cognitive Psychology from Boston College. Keoki is also a proud military-connected family member as she is the granddaughter of Colonel Skeele, US Air Force and daughter of Chief Air Controlman Hansen, US Navy. Keoki lives in Manlius, NY with her two daughters. She enjoys running, hiking and skiing.