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Michael P. Arnold

Partner & Co-Executive Director

What is your role in our equitable future? Whether it’s stepping back and ceding power, strengthening opportunities for others, or seizing your own power to realize your authentic self, I work to help us navigate these decisions, implement solutions for change, and challenge barriers to racial and intersectional equity.

I relish the diversity of human experience; having lived, worked, and studied in vastly different settings and sectors, I take a context-specific and person-first approach to each engagement. My goal, always, is to make compassionate connections with my clients and their communities.

As a scientist, I bring my background in the medical and social sciences to ask and critically explore the questions that advance social opportunities and positive change. Whether through numbers or words, I illuminate stories and insights that help improve strategies for organizational and community impact.

As a practitioner committed to equitable evaluation, I tap a range of culturally responsive methods that promote transparency and reflect the complexity of our lives and communities. I believe validity and rigor are found within, rather than outside of, the lived experiences of those most impacted by systems that constrain our capacity to thrive.

And as an artist, I facilitate dialogue, connections, and perspective-sharing to elevate the joy, beauty, and stories of our authentic selves.

I am a member of Expanding the Bench’s Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network and advisory group, a member of the CTCP-funded LOOP advisory collective at UCSF, and an alumnus of the Racial Equity Action Institute of Northern California Grantmakers fellowship program, the Bay Area Radical Transformational Leadership (formerly LEO) fellowship program, and the Funder and Evaluator Affinity Network (FEAN).

I find comfort and joy in music, art, theater, nature, and a world filled with small and grand acts of kindness.

  • 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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