Jamie DeLeeuw joined Austin Pets Alive! and American Pets Alive! in late 2021 as Director of Evaluation and Impact. She engages in strategic planning and outcome measurement to evaluate programs, initiatives, and processes; suggest improvements; and communicate impact to stakeholders. Jamie’s training as a social scientist and passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, inform her advocacy of social justice and the empowerment of community members.
Previously, Jamie was a research manager at Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She designed, implemented, and managed community-based research and evaluation projects, including collective impact initiatives that aimed to reduce racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic disparities. From 2012-2017, Jamie led an office of institutional research at Monroe County Community College. Prior to this role, she collaborated with nonprofits and the government on applied research projects involving animal welfare, and taught undergraduate courses in psychology, including research methods.
Jamie earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from GVSU, and a doctorate in community psychology from Wichita State University. Her dissertation was Animal Shelter Dogs: Factors Predicting Adoption versus Euthanasia. She has a long-standing interest in attitude and belief change, particularly towards uplifting animal welfare. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to marry her interests and help strengthen the human-animal bond through data-driven decision-making.