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Dina Wilderson

Director, Learning & Evidence

Director of Learning & Evidence Dina Wilderson, PhD, develops and leads REDF’s evidence strategy and deepens the organization’s culture of learning and continuous improvement. By supporting the generation and use of evidence by internal and external stakeholders, Dina bolsters the evidence base for employment social enterprises to improve outcomes for REDF’s partners and increase investments in the field. Through analysis and thought partnership, Dina elevates actionable insights from data and supports REDF programs in making evidence-informed decisions. This work includes assessing equity in access and outcomes within REDF, its programs, and at partner enterprises.

Dina has devoted her career to increasing access to opportunities for those who have been systemically excluded and is passionate about the ability of employment social enterprises to drive economic justice and racial equity. REDF’s commitment to advance equity, both internally and across its programs, drew her to the organization.

For over 20 years, Dina has been helping mission-driven organizations measure and understand their impact. Previously, she served as Learning and Impact Officer at YouthCare Seattle, where she developed the organization’s first-ever Learning and Impact Department to enhance program evaluation and performance management activities. Dina also served as Chief of Research and Evaluation at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. For over a decade, she led the youth-serving organization’s program evaluation, performance management, thought leadership dissemination, and advocacy activities. Most recently, Dina served as a Consultant for Youth Collaboratory, working to expand their Youth Housing Justice Initiative.

Dina received her BA in Psychology from Macalester College and her PhD in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University. When not at REDF, you can find her traveling, exploring the great outdoors, practicing yoga, or listening to live music.