Chikako Yamauchi came to Community Partners through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, which places PhDs from the humanities in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. As the Program Evaluator and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at Community Partners, Chikako led a deep inquiry into project leaders’ experiences with Community Partners’ fiscal sponsorship program. She also served as a resource to Community Partners’ fiscally sponsored projects in the areas of program design and evaluation strategy. Currently, as Community Partners’ first-ever Senior Manager of Evaluation, Research, and Strategic Learning, Chikako seeks to identify and create opportunities with external learning, evaluation, and research partners. Chikako’s 15+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector began as a performing artist and arts administrator and later continued in research, evaluation, and lifelong learning. Chikako received a BA from University of Massachusetts/Amherst, an MA from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a PhD from University of Canterbury (New Zealand).