Meet The Arabella Team

Hilary Cherner

Managing Director

Hilary Cherner oversees Arabella’s client services. In this role, she works with the Consulting, Philanthropy Management, Managed Organizations, Impact Investing, and Editorial and Content Development teams to build upon their expertise, efficiently collaborate across teams and projects, and enhance their operational models, leading to continual improvement of the firm’s client service delivery.

Hilary joined Arabella in 2007 as a project manager and most recently oversaw the firm’s strategy and evaluation consulting practice. During her tenure, Hilary has steered these teams through a growth in the number and diversity of projects, as well as through the acquisition of Blueprint Research + Design, Inc. She played a critical role in building staff skills and firm efficiencies, and in ensuring Arabella’s work is rigorous and impactful.

Hilary has a passion for effective philanthropy and, in particular, how advocacy and cross-sector partnerships can lead to greater good. She spent the decade prior to Arabella working in the nonprofit and public sectors. Most recently, she served as an Emerging Leader Fellow for the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she developed evaluation measures for the Community Food and Nutrition Program, managed grant reviews for the Administration of Children and Families, and conducted monitoring and evaluation for Head Start grantees. Hilary holds a BA in sociology from the University of Colorado and an MA in public affairs with a concentration in nonprofit and public management from Indiana University.


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