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Managing Consultant
Moira is a connector who brings empathy, emotional intelligence, and spirituality to her work. She has 25 years of research, financial analysis, and evaluation experience and a rich background in banking, government, and nonprofits. Outside work, Moira enjoys helping women’s savings clubs and advancing the Pan African Women’s Philanthropy she established.


Moira has led projects evaluating public policy efforts around affordable housing, supportive housing, and disparities for children of color. Her skills include facilitation, interviewing, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, program design, social impact investment portfolio management, and development of staff cultural competency. She brings an equity lens to each evaluation and is particularly adept at responding to the needs of marginalized communities.
Moira enjoys collaborating with clients and building authentic relationships to ensure the projects she leads uncover meaningful insights. She approaches her work with cultural competency and is particularly concerned about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Impact investing
Moira brings to our team expertise in personal, community, and social impact through mission investing. She is particularly adept at answering questions about the efficacy of mission investments in delivering financial and community benefits.
Global financial market access and savings clubs for women
Moira has a rich background in global financial market access and microlending for low-income women. This includes working in her spare time to help and found women’s savings clubs.
Practice areas
Market Strategies for Social Impact; International Community Development; Evaluation Capacity Building and Empowerment Evaluation

Professional Experience

The Improve Group | St. Paul, MN | Managing Consultant | 2018-present | Lead evaluation projects and phases to make the most of information, navigate complexity, and ensure clients’ investments of time and money lead to meaningful, sustained impact. 

Minnesota Department of Revenue | St. Paul, MN | Temporary Assistant Revenue Director | 2017 | Coordinated work to make sure all activities resulted in collection of debts in a fair, efficient, reliable, and cost-effective manner.

Family Housing Fund | St. Paul, MN | Portfolio Data Director | 2016-2017 | Managed active multi-family and single-family loan data management through comprehensive understanding of all loans made by Family Housing Fund and measured outcomes and performance of Family Housing Fund’s social lending activities against organization’s goals and objectives.

Family Housing Fund | St. Paul, MN | Director of Evaluation and Special Projects | 2003-2016 | Managed a portfolio of social impact investments and collaborated with directors, investors, and major stakeholders to achieve desired program results.

Hearth Connection | St. Paul, MN | Director of Programs | 2002-2003 | Led development of operational and reporting systems for implementation of Supportive Housing and Managed Care Pilot project, a key supportive housing innovation that incorporates housing and health.

The Urban Coalition | St. Paul, MN | Vice President & Research Director | 2000-2001 | Led production of a series of groundbreaking reports on disparities in health, education, and the impact of welfare reform on communities of color in the Twin Cities. This resulted in increased access to healthcare in minority communities; changes in school suspension policies; dietary changes and expansion by food shelves; and increased outreach to minority hires by employers.


University of St. Thomas | Master of Business Administration in Finance

University of St. Thomas | Mini-MBA in Nonprofit Management and Health Care Management

College of St. Catherine | Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration

St. Paul Technical College | Certificate in Database Administration

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