AEA Volunteer Opportunities

AEA values member input and engagement, relying on your guidance and knowledge about the field in the development of programs for our membership. We also value diversity when building a volunteer base to better serve and represent our unique, global community of evaluators.

AEA volunteer roles must:

  1. Contribute to the fulfillment of AEA’s governance and operations while concurrently building member capacity and leadership;
  2. Democratically draw on—and contribute to—valuing diverse experiences, talents, and ways of knowing, as well as diverse racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural backgrounds;
  3. Contribute to trust, respect, ownership, responsibility, and timeliness of interaction within AEA; and
  4. Draw on both individual and collective voices.

Complete the volunteer opportunities form to become a contributing member to the AEA community. While you may submit an application for most Working Groups, those with a membership status that indicate 'Open' are actively seeking members on a rolling basis and will receive top priority in placement

Volunteer Form


Abstract Reviewers

Charge: To assist TIG leaders in reviewing abstracts submitted for consideration for the Evaluation 2019 conference.


Awards Task Force

Charge: The AEA Awards Task Force is charged with reviewing the current processes and providing the AEA Board and Staff with recommendations for revising the AEA’s Awards Program.  The Task Force recognizes the importance of having an Awards Program that supports AEA’s mission, vision, values, and Ends Goals.

Members: Eric Barela, Sharon Rallis


Conference Advisory Working Group

Charge: To assist AEA in reviewing possible changes to conference structure and evaluating potential innovations. 

Members: David Bernstein, Nnenia Campbell, Leah Moses, Jan Noga, Nicole Vicinanza, Dana Wanzer


AEA Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation Dissemination Working Group

Charge: To assist management in planning for dissemination and use of the Cultural Competency Statement. 

Members: Cindy Crusto, Derrick Gervin, Rupu Gupta, Jori Hall, Jenny Jones, Tamara Bertrand Jones, Dominica McBride, Leah Neubauer, Osman Ozturgut, Katherine Tibbetts, Cynthia Wright, Kari Greene, Rupu Gupta


Nominations & Elections Working Group

Charge: To recruit qualified member applicants in order to create a slate of potential candidates for the AEA annual elections.

Members: Anne T. Vo (Chair), Leslie Goodyear, Mark Parman


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group

Charge: To recommend for adoption by the AEA Board, a contemporary statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that will frame the operational and governance work of the association; to review existing indicators and measures of diversity, equity and inclusion, and to identify gaps which shall form the basis of the Executive Director’s annual “State of the Association” monitoring report on diversity, equity and inclusion provided to the Board of Directors. The report findings will serve as a basis for action plans by the board and staff, to recommend indicators and measures of diversity, equity and inclusion relevant to the governance of the Association to be used in future evaluation of board performance and to systematically examine association policies and procedures through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Members: Vidhya Shanker (Co-Chair) Elizabeth Shiro-Taylor (Co-Chair), Nisaa Kirtman, Donna Mertens, Kanthahyanee Murray, James Groh, Esther Nolton, Stephen Maack, Camille Lemieux, Asma Ali, Ayesha Boyce, David Sul, Jen Heeg, Diana Lemos (LatinX Responsive Discourse TIG Liaison), Leah People (Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation TIG Liaison), Dylan Felt (LBGTQ+ TIG Liaison), Mark Parmon (Indigenous Peoples TIG Liaison), Caitlyn Buckaty (Disability TIG Liaison)


Evaluation Policy Task Force

Members: Nick Hart (Chair), Anisha Lewis (AEA Executive Director), Lisa Aponte-Soto (AEA Board Liaison), Maurice Samuels (AEA Board Liaison), Nicole Bowman, Tom Chapel, Katherine Dawes, Diana Epstein, George Julnes, Mel Mark, Kathryn Newcomer, Demetra Nightingale, Stephanie Shipman


GEDI Evaluation Working Group

Members: Stuart Donaldson


Guiding Principles Working Group

Charge: To assist in the dissemination and promotion of the Guiding Principles among the evaluation community.

Members: Leslie Goodyear (Chair), Monica Ruiz Casares, Leanne Kallemeyn, Melanie Hwalkek, Herb Baum, Sarah Heath, Jeffrey Hillman, Xiaoxia Newton


International Working Group

Charge: To assist management with the development of international outreach and AEA’s international presence/programs.

Members: Cindy Clapp Wincek (Chair), Nicky Bowman, Heather Britt, Hanife Cakici, Scott Chaplowe, Rita Fierro, Amy Jersild, Donna Mertens, Svetlana Negroustoueva, Mishkah Jakoet, Hubert Palmer, Donna Podems, Jim Rugh, Mary Sue Smiaroski, Michele Tarsilla, Zachary Tilton, Irina Kravchuk


Local Arrangement Working Group (Conference)

Charge: To assist management with the coordination of conference outreach and logistics in the conference host city.


Membership Working Group

Charge: To assist management in the development of the Membership Development Plan.


Membership Survey Working Group

Charge: To create a membership feedback survey instrument, collect and analyze the data, and create a final report for management.

Members: Sandra Ayoo, Traci Dixon, Abhik Roy, Esther Nolton


Professional Development Working Group

Charge: To provide suggestions and input to management on the professional development offerings through AEA including eStudies, Coffee Breaks, and PD Workshops at the annual conference.

Members: Thomas Chapel (Chair), Sheila Robinson, Thomas Archibald, Leah Neubauer, Anne T. Vo, Linda Vo, Sondra Lore, Beverly Peters


Professionalization & Competencies Working Group

Charge: To develop an AEA statement t defining professionalization in evaluation, to incorporate AEA Evaluator Competencies into AEA programs and initiatives and to discuss uses of evaluation competencies & professionalization with stakeholders.

Members: Susan Tucker (Chair), Sandra Ayoo, Dugan Ian Fraser, Celeste Ghiano, Rhoda Goremucheche, Keiko Kuji-Shikatani, Alexey Kuzmin, Virginia Lamprecht, Veronica Olazabal, Donna Podems, Laurie Stefahn, Beeta Tahmassebi, Lauren Wildschut, Anisha Lewis (AEA Executive Director)


Research Mailing List Request Working Group

Charge: To assist management in considering the requests for AEA member lists for research purposes.

Members: Anne Vo, Tarek Azzam, Leslie Fierro


Summer Institute Working Group

Charge: To assist management with the creation of the content/speakers for the annual Summer Institute program.

Members: Veronica Olazabal, Susan Wolfe, Kristianna Pettibone, Thomas Chapel, Mindelyn Anderson, Maureen Wilce, Daniel Kidder



Volunteering on a Working Group requires a commitment to AEA and the assigned program/project. The work product of each Working Group is outlined in individual Charge Documents that also address deadline expectations. Meeting scheduling and frequency for each Working Group are established through consultation between the Working Group members and AEA.

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