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Christa Valles

Research and Evaluation Manager

Christa is an experienced public policy analyst who has worked on a broad range of policy issues in areas related to criminal justice, social services, transportation, equity, education, and good governance.

While working as a strategic advisor at the City of Seattle, she conducted research and analysis to help elected officials make informed policy decisions. Over time, as Christa observed that additional financial resources did not always translate into improved outcomes for people, she became a passionate promoter for using evidenced-based research and evaluation to help design sound programs that are well implemented. Christa also believes it’s important to prioritize the lived experiences and perspectives of individuals and families so that programs and policies capitalize on their strengths and are responsive to their own unique needs and goals.

Outside the office, Christa can be found attending Seattle Town Hall events, browsing the aisles of Elliot Bay Bookstore, and stomping around the North Cascade’s backcountry in the summer. Most recently, Christa took a break from work and life in Seattle to volunteer in Uganda with the U.S. Peace Corps. She’s always happy to chat about Ugandan culture, along with the African mutt she brought back with her, who seems to be adjusting to indoor urban living-- and her couch-- just fine.