Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program Directors

GEDI Program Director and AEA Past President (2015) Dr. Stewart Donaldson and Co-Director Dr. Ashaki M. Jackson oversee the curriculum and site placements.Throughout the internship the leadership are available to guide, advise, and support the interns in achieving their professional goals and the goals of the program.

Dr. Stewart Donaldson, Program Director, Claremont Graduate University

2.jpgAt Claremont Graduate University, Stewart Donaldson develops and leads one of the most extensive and rigorous graduate programs specializing in evaluation, teaching numerous university courses and professional development workshops. He has mentored and coached more than 100 graduate students and working professionals during the past two decades. In addition, he directs the Claremont EvaluationCenter and has provided evaluation services to more than 100 different organizations and has been principal investigator for more than 30 extramural research and evaluation grants and contracts. 

Donaldson is no stranger to AEA. An active member since 1987, he has lent his voice to no shortage of boards and task forces for the advancement and betterment of evaluation theory and practice. Donaldson is  currently the proud director of the AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program and recently served a three-year term on the AEA Board. He leads the Certificate for the Advanced Study of Evaluation Program at Claremont. He is a fellow of the Western Psychological Association, on the boards of EvalPartners and the International Positive Psychology Association, and is on the editorial boards of   the American Journal of EvaluationNew Directions for EvaluationEvaluation and Program Planning; and theJournal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation. He is the recipient of AEA's 2013 Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award for his written contributions to the advancement of evaluation theory and was recently elected president of AEA.  

Dr. Ashaki Jackson, Program Co-Director

Ashaki cropped.jpgAshaki M. Jackson is a social psychologist, program evaluator, and writer in Greater Los Angeles. Her career experience spans state agencies and local non-profit organizations in the criminal justice, healthcare, education, and public policy sectors. Her expertise is evaluating re-entry programs for incarcerated teens but includes evaluations of families and expectant mothers at risk of negative health and social outcomes. Her work cache, which includes efforts to develop best practices to serve at-risk populations, fosters the values with which she conducts research – cultural competence, mixed methods, non-hierarchical researcher-client relationships, collaboration, and evaluation findings use. She is also a Cave Canem poetry fellow with work featured in publications by Eleven Eleven, Rkvry Quarterly Review, Read Women: An Anthology (Locked Horn Press), among other literary collections. She earned a doctorate in psychology from Claremont Graduate University and a MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles.