Sofia Kennedy is Research Project Manager at the Stanford VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab. She works on identifying and describing how gender bias operates in the performance evaluation process at several large companies and then implementing efforts to change this behavior. She also works on the evaluation of the Circles program.
Her focus has been on the juncture of research, evaluation and practice for underserved and understudied groups with the goal of developing interventions that are practical and relevant. For eight years at Abt Associates, in Cambridge, Mass., Sofia evaluated programs for local, state and federal health departments and agencies, as well as diverse community-based organizations. She has broad experience in program evaluation and in utilizing survey research methods to investigate how to reach, serve, retain and track people in multiple health care and social service systems. Her focus has been on people with HIV/AIDS, mental health conditions, substance abuse problems and on people who are homeless or incarcerated.
She holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy from Yale University and a Bachelor of the Arts in English literature from New York University.