Lila Gutuskey brings 13 years of experience in research design, evaluation-focused training, and technical assistance. She has a passion for translating findings into meaningful actions for funders, implementers, and communities. In addition to leading research projects, Lila enjoys developing capacity-building opportunities for grantees and implementers related to data collection, program evaluation, and dissemination of findings. Her work has focused on nutrition education programs, social marketing campaigns, empowerment approaches to programs and evaluation, and the use of equitable evaluation in public health.
Lila currently supports several projects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. She has also supported the U.S. Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods program; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation; and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ project Research to Enhance Targeting Information for Medicare Audiences.
Earlier, Lila was an evaluation specialist and director of the Public Health Fellow Program at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. She was also a research assistant with the Wayne State University Center for Community Health and Impact where she contributed to community and school-based health interventions and evaluations and served as adjunct professor. She holds a B.A. from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies Division within the College of Education at Wayne State University.