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Marcia Coné, PhD

Lead Consultant, EEF Practice


Marcia Coné, Director of Practice Engagement and Evolution at the Equitable Evaluation Initiative,  leads our Equipping for Transformation cadré of support to Practice Partners. Her focus is on building a field of evaluation, learning, and research practitioners who advance the Equitable Evaluation Framework by expanding definitions of rigor, validity, and embracing 21st century complexity. 


In the summer of 2020 Marcia launched the Equipping for Transformation Practice Partner Platform, a robust ecosystem of organizations and individuals in multiple spaces and modalities design to help partners interrogate and evolve their evaluation practices, promote shared inquiry and learning, reflect and innovate, catalyze cross-sector thought leadership, and contribute to field-building.


For nearly three decades, Marcia has worked in partnership with NGOs, Philanthropy, PSOs, and Grassroots and Grasstops leaders to shift the paradigm and create cultures where intersectional equity is at the center. She brings a depth and breadth of experience that fuels her passion for moving the philanthropic sector away from a traditional framework towards bold philanthropy that is a catalyst for change.


Marcia served as the Chief Strategist for the Women’s Funding Network and the Change Strategist for Advancing Workplace Excellence. The founding CEO of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, her leadership galvanized action to advance women and girls representation, rights, and economic equity through cross sector partnerships, community and constituent engagement, and strategic investments.


Marcia holds a PhD and MSW from Boston College’s School of Social Work. Her past academic leadership includes serving as full-time, interim, and adjunct faculty at several colleges and universities across the country. A published writer, and frequent keynote speaker engaging audiences to think differently and commit to taking action.

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