Team Lead and Director of the Summer Institute
Sonia Bettez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, speaks Spanish and English and blends Latino and U.S. cultures. Sonia graduated from the University of New Mexico with a PhD in Sociology. Her research interests span health equity/justice and Latino immigration policies. Sonia is committed to bridging academic knowledge and policy to improve the lives of underrepresented populations. At the UNM Evaluation Lab for the past five years, Sonia has worked with several nonprofit organizations, mentored students and contributed to the creation of the Summer Institute, where nonprofit organizations learn the fundamentals of program evaluation.
Melissa Binder is Associate Director of the UNM Evaluation Lab, which she helped create in 2015. She also directs the UNM Master of Public Policy and is an Associate Professor of Economics. Melissa is team lead for the PB&J evaluation, which has focused on developing data systems to track client progress. Her research and policy interests include labor market and educational equity, and among her publications are analyses of the motherhood wage gap, gender equity in faculty pay, and the socio-economic achievement gap in higher education.