Chikako Yamauchi comes to Community Partners through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program, which places recent PhDs from the humanities in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. As the Program Evaluator at Community Partners, Chikako is creating an evaluation framework for our fiscal sponsorship program as well as serving as a resource to our fiscally sponsored projects to help them assess and address their individual evaluation needs. Prior to joining Community Partners, Chikako was the Research and Evaluation Manager at EmcArts where she oversaw evaluation activities for the Community Innovation Labs program in five US cities. Chikako entered the nonprofit sector more than 20 years ago as a professional modern/contemporary dancer and arts administrator. After stepping away from dance, she taught English in Japan, and then decided to continue her own journey of learning. Chikako received a BA in Japanese Language and Literature from University of Massachusetts/Amherst, an MA in Pacific Islands Studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a PhD in Art History from University of Canterbury (New Zealand).