Jessica Dalesandro Mindnich, Ph.D. has a track record for using data to drive systems change. With experience in supporting local and state-based advocacy efforts through the use of accessible, timely and robust data, Dr. Mindnich brings her focus on results, drive for excellence, and longstanding commitment to advancing equity to the San Francisco Foundation. As the Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation, Dr. Mindnich utilizes data, stakeholder engagement, and the Results Counts framework, to build staff capacity and create systems of accountability.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Mindnich led Children Now’s research department where she delivered the data-driven insights behind the organization’s strategies, led the development of their signature publications including the California Report Card: The State of the State’s Children and the California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being, and regularly shared data-based insights on the well-being of children with policymakers, the media and community members. During her tenure at Children Now, Dr. Mindnich also served on the National KIDS COUNT Steering Committee for the Annie E. Casey Foundation and was a fellow in the Foundation’s Leadership in State Based Advocacy Program.
With nearly twenty years of experience, she has completed formal research studies in such areas as academic achievement among minority youth, transitions in schooling, and parent participation in children’s education. These include two international projects—one which tracked families in the United States and Japan as their children transitioned from preschool to elementary school and another which examined academic achievement among low-income youth in the United States, Russia, and England. Dr. Mindnich holds a PhD in Education, a MA in Education, and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.