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Laila Bell

Director, Evaluation
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Laila Bell is a director of evaluation, learning, and impact stories in Evaluation for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she works to evaluate the data story of the Foundation and its grantee partners to enable responsive, data-informed decision making.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Bell was associate director of learning and evaluation for The Duke Endowment, where she worked to promote a culture of learning, knowledge-sharing, reflection, and equity-centered approaches to grantmaking. Earlier, Bell was a director of research and data for NC Child, where she led the organization’s research and data strategy to promote the use of data to improve the well-being of children and youth.

Bell is a project team member with Building Movement Project, a national organization that develops research, tools, training materials, and networks to support nonprofits in advancing social change. She previously served as board member of Youth Empowered Solutions and a co-chair of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services NC CoIN Social Determinants of Health Workgroup. She was also appointed to North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission Juvenile Justice Planning Committee. Bell has been invited to speak at national, state, and local conferences where she has addressed topics related to evaluation and learning in philanthropy, data analysis and visualization, and public policy.

Bell earned her Master of Public Affairs degree with a specialization in social and economic policy from the University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and political science from Winthrop University.