Leslie Fierro

Leslie FierroLeslie Fierro is the Sydney Duder Professor in Program Evaluation at the Max Bell School.

Dr. Fierro is both an evaluation practitioner and scholar. She has worked in a variety of settings including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Deloitte Consulting LLP, Claremont Graduate University, and the International Development Research Centre. Through her practice, Dr. Fierro has contributed to building the evaluation capacity of CDC’s National Asthma Control Program – most recently by co-authoring an open-access e-textbook entitled Planting the Seeds for High-Quality Evaluation in Public Health. In addition, she has played leadership roles in several high-profile evaluations including a formative evaluation of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Credentialed Evaluator Designation. Her research interests relate to creating robust ecosystems for effective evaluation within nations, building organizational evaluation capacity, and developing and implementing evaluation policies that promote high-quality, equitable evaluation practice. She is the Co Editor-in-Chief of New Directions for Evaluation, one of two flagship journals sponsored by the American Evaluation Association.

Curriculum vitae

Courses offered:

Core Policy Course – Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation


PhD, Claremont Graduate University (Psychology – Evaluation & Applied Research Methods)

MPH, Loma Linda University (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

BA, Pitzer College (Biology)


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