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Elisha Smith Arrillaga

Program Fellow, Effective Philanthropy Group

Elisha Smith Arrillaga is a Fellow in the Effective Philanthropy Group, responsible for a portfolio of grants designed to help Hewlett grantees incorporate elements of the Foundation’s outcomes-focused approach into strategic planning and other activities. Additionally, she serves as a resource to staff on evaluation, supports Foundation-wide learning activities, and conducts research that informs the Effective Philanthropy Group’s strategic planning.

Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Elisha worked at Mathematica Policy Research where she led data collection efforts on several program evaluations for government and private sector clients. In addition to her experience with Mathematica, Elisha has worked in the United States Office of Management and Budget, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Princeton University Community Based Learning Initiative, and Trenton High School.

Elisha earned her B.A. in mathematics from Smith College and a M.S. in survey methodology from the University of Maryland at College Park. She received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.