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JT Taylor, MPH, MPP

Director of Research and Evaluation, Senior Consultant
JT.Taylor@learningforaction.com

JT joined LFA in 2006 with a background in public health, behavioral health, HIV prevention, and LGBTQ health and civil rights. JT’s evaluation, research, and capacity building work at LFA focuses on clients in these fields, whose work inspires JT every day. Strong technical skills in both quantitative and qualitative research, extensive experience with community-based and public organizations, and deep commitment to social justice benefit every aspect of JT’s consulting work. JT enjoys using the consultant role to build organizations’ capacity to measure their impact and tell their stories and to support organizations in creating sustainable change and equity for all communities.

As LFA’s Director of Research and Evaluation, JT supports the development and enhancement of staff research and evaluation knowledge and skills and ensures that LFA’s practice integrates the latest thinking in the field of evaluation. JT also co-founded and serves on the Cultural Humility Committee, our internal working group dedicated to facilitating ongoing personal and organizational reflection and to developing skills and tools for keeping LFA’s work responsive to our clients’ diverse perspectives, values, and cultural contexts.

JT has a passion for behavioral health and wellness—particularly in queer and transgender communities—and for supporting those affected by trauma that long precedes JT’s time at LFA. JT spent over ten years volunteering on various crisis helplines—including co-founding one in college—such as the LGBT Hotline of San Francisco. In addition, JT’s previous work as an HIV prevention outreach worker and test counselor in community clinics intersected with issues of behavioral health and trauma in significant ways. Before coming to LFA, JT also held program planning, policy analysis, research, and evaluation jobs with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the National Housing Law Project, Alameda County Social Services Agency, and the Health Professions Partnership Initiative.   

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Public Health, Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Selected Project Experience

  • Evaluation of Trauma Transformed (T2), a regional effort to create a coordinated and trauma-informed system of care for youth across seven Bay Area counties
  • Evaluation of Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs’ Youth Trauma Informed Care Grant Program
  • LGBTQI Violence Prevention Needs Assessment, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Evaluation and Capacity Building for San Francisco Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services’ Mental Health Services Act programs and contractors  
  • Evaluation of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services’ Wellness Management and Recovery Program Pilot
  • Evaluation of the Transgender Law Center’s Transgender Healthcare Access Project, Project HEALTH
  • Evaluation of the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative, a collaboration of the Transgender Law Center, Jewish Vocational Services, and the San Francisco LGBT Center
  • Development of Monitoring & Evaluation System and Evaluation Capacity Building for Rural Education and Development (READ) Global