Thought Partners for
Social Innovators

The ORS Impact team has earned a global reputation for leadership, insight and innovation. We work collaboratively with our clients, bringing our distinctive expertise in planning, measurement and evaluation to their most vexing challenges.

Joel Gutierrez , MBA (he/him)


What Joel enjoys most about being part of the ORS Impact team, is the opportunity to help clients learn from and use measurement and evaluation to improve their work. He listens to clients and beneficiaries and bases his work style in maintaining a calm and unbiased dual perspective. This is to ensure that the team arrives at an end-product that meets the client’s information-needs and tells a compelling story.

His utilization-focused mentality relies on not only the quality of findings but also in the design and presentation of those findings. He has evolved with the firm to develop skills in design and data visualization, and enjoys experimenting with new ways to present quantitative and qualitative data and findings.

Joel joined ORS Impact in 2012 and has worked in multiple capacities, providing him with a rich experience of the organization, its tools and methods, its culture and its lines of business in Theory of Change, Evaluation, and Strategy Development. Joel is currently an MBA candidate at Presidio Graduate School to learn how to leverage the intersection between business, innovation, and justice. His prior experience includes sustainable agricultural work in Colombia and economic development at the City of Seattle.

Sample projects:

  • Evaluation of the Sustainable Seafood Movement, supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation
  • Race, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan for the University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Collective Impact Research Study (FSG, Aspen Institute)
  • Evaluation and MLE for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Catalyzing Community Giving Initiative