Alexandra Bass is an associate director at Arabella. She works with Arabella’s institutional and corporate clients to provide strategic guidance on program implementation and evaluation. With extensive methodological training and a background in social and political theory, she designs and implements research tailored to address each client’s distinct challenges and identify opportunities to enhance their impact.
Her current work includes conducting research to monitor and evaluate client-funded fellowship programs through which fellows become leaders and policy champions on global development issues. She is also guiding work to develop strategies funders can use to address systemic socio-political problems, such as mass incarceration in the United States. Alexandra is particularly interested in developing evaluative methods that both produce objective data and enrich the capacity of communities and organizations to continue developing self-knowledge through evaluation.
Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Alexandra was a social scientific researcher, advisor, and educator in diverse settings. She instructed graduate courses in social theory and methods at the University of Chicago. As a development consultant for the nonprofit Forest Preserve Foundation, she supported initiatives to make nature more accessible to all communities, and particularly youth, in the Chicagoland area. As a market researcher, she managed and executed a wide range of consumer insights research projects.
Alexandra has a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago, where she concentrated on environmental politics and public opinion. She received her MA in political science from the University of Chicago and has a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.