Staff

Derek V. Price, Ph.D

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Derek is Principal and Founder of DVP-PRAXIS LTD, a boutique consulting firm with clients spanning private foundations, national non-profit intermediary organizations, colleges and universities. Derek is a national leader in strategic thinking for institutional transformation and systems change. He has a strong policy, research, and evaluation background and works on a broad range of policy and practice issues around postsecondary education and workforce development. Before starting DVP-PRAXIS, Derek was the director of higher education research at Lumina Foundation for Education. In that role, he helped launch the Foundation’s premier national initiative, Achieving the Dream.

Jessa Lewis Valentine, Ph.D

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Jessa is managing director with DVP-PRAXIS LTD, and brings more than 15 years of research and evaluation experience in K-12, higher education, and workforce development systems to better meet the needs of under-served individuals and families. She also has expertise on issues related to international migration and English Language Learners in the United States. Jessa has strong quantitative and qualitative research and analysis skills, which she developed in part through her participation as a fellow with the U.S. Department of Education’s Pre-Doctoral Training Program in the Education Sciences. She is passionate about the targeted use of rigorous social science research and evaluation to improve outcomes for marginalized populations in the United States and internationally.

Janelle Clay, M.S.

Janelle Clay is managing consultant with DVP-PRAXIS LTD, and brings over 10 years of research and evaluation experience in financial empowerment, K-12, higher education, and workforce development systems. Prior to joining DVP-PRAXIS, Janelle served in a research and evaluation capacity at Atlanta Public Schools where she oversaw district-wide project evaluations, including evaluation of the district’s turnaround strategy. Additionally, she managed the district’s role in a research-practice partnership with Georgia State University. Janelle is committed to designing and implementing comprehensive evaluation plans to inform practitioners’ decisions on program design.

Sarah A. Deal, M.Ed

Sarah A. Deal is lead consultant with DVP-PRAXIS LTD, and brings 10 years of professional experience working with a diverse cross-section of postsecondary institutions, including selective four-year universities, community colleges, postsecondary consortia, and a state agency. Her work has centered around program design, program execution, and program evaluation in areas of student access and success in college. She previously worked at Central Carolina Community College as the Project Manager for the Carolina Works-First in the World validation grant, awarded through the US Department of Education, and served as the Associate Director for Special Projects at the North Carolina Community College System Office.

Drew Curtis, M.P.A.

Drew is a consultant with DVP-PRAXIS LTD, leveraging experience in both K-12 and postsecondary education program implementation, evaluation, and scaling. Past projects include leading coordination of a nationwide Department of Education research grant piloting linguistically-inclusive digital assessments, producing reports and policy recommendations for two newly collaborating state agencies to improve educational outcomes for students in foster care, and developing an evaluation system for a startup’s non-profit critical-thinking program. He is driven by designing rigorous, clear, and actionable strategies to address program challenges and achieve client goals.