John Gargani is the 2016 Past-President of the American Evaluation Association, the largest professional association for program evaluators in the world. He is also President of Gargani + Company, Inc., a consulting company in Berkeley, California that has helped organizations measure their social impacts for over 20 years. John and his staff work with organizations of every type—nonprofit, foundations, corporations, social enterprises, and government agencies—to design innovative solutions to social and environmental problems, and to evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency in rigorous ways.
His work has taken him to diverse settings, including public housing projects, museums, countries adopting free market economies, and 19th century sailing ships. He teaches courses on social entrepreneurship, program design, and evaluation at Claremont Graduate University, where he also directs a research group developing new evaluation methods for impact investing, social enterprises, and pay-for-success funding mechanisms. John holds three graduate degrees - a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied measurement and evaluation, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. in Statistics from New York University’s Stern School of Business.