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Michael P. Arnold


We all deserve to thrive. I believe that each of us has a right to achieve our full potential, and to access the opportunities and conditions that make this possible. My vision of justice as thriving is not rhetoric. It is informed by personal experiences with exclusion, belonging, discrimination, and privilege. These have shaped the work I do, the ways I engage communities, clients, and colleagues, and my commitment to build a better world for all.

At Informing Change, I help organizations, communities, and coalitions improve social opportunities and positive change in the Bay Area and beyond. I bring our values of intelligence and integrity to every project through methodological rigor, expertise, and critical thinking. As a thought partner to our teams and clients I build on our value of compassion to strengthen efforts that promote fairness, equity, inclusion, and voice. Having lived, worked, and studied in vastly different settings and sectors, I nimbly tailor approaches to the social, cultural, and personal contexts of each engagement.

I am a member of the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network, a Fellow of the Racial Equity Action Institute of Northern California Grantmakers, a member of the Funder and Evaluator Affinity Network, and a member of the Leadership for Equity and Opportunity (LEO) 2019 cohort.

As an out-loud and proud Gemini, I balance my scientific mind with my artistic heart. I have a passion for creativity—whether composing, writing, or dancing. I am inspired and rejuvenated by time in the woods, and am blessed to have access to the natural beauty that fills Northern California.

  • Social determinants of health, particularly those of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, economically marginalized neighborhoods, and youth of all backgrounds
Technical Specialties
  • Advanced quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods analysis
  • Advanced quantitative data analyses using a suite of software, including R, SPSS, SAS, Stata, Dedoose, Atlas.ti, and SurveyGizmo
  • Survey, interview, and focus group protocol design and data collection
  • Group facilitation and planning for process, outcome, and impact evaluations
  • Participatory research methods and training
Prior Experience
  • Senior Research Associate, Harder+Company
  • Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Faculty Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Fellow, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco
  • PhD, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
  • MSW, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS, Biology, Truman State University

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