Jodi Peterson — Research Associate

Jodi Petersen is a community psychologist, specializing in nonprofit program evaluation, mixed methods research, and data driven decision making for social change.  She holds a master’s and doctorate in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University and focuses on helping organizations define, gather, and use data to increase their impact. She is passionate about social justice and equity. She has expertise in systems change, facilitation, qualitative and quantitative data, and participatory research/evaluation methods.

Jodi’s background includes working in the philanthropic sector, helping grantmakers understand the impact of the organizations they fund, and community research.  Jodi has led a community-based research institute and worked with stakeholders from a diverse set of organizations and backgrounds to utilize data for community change.  She has worked as a data partner for local government, collective impact initiatives, and nonprofit institutions.  Jodi has also worked with juvenile court systems, helping them implement risk assessment measures to improve their functioning and reduce bias in decision making.  Jodi holds a certification in college teaching and has taught a variety of courses in psychology, social work, and criminal justice with a focus on community-based learning and applied research.

Jodi enjoys spending her free time with her two daughters, husband, and a house full of rescued animals.  She loves living in Michigan and enjoying all that the Great Lakes state has to offer.  Jodi also enjoys yoga, traveling, and music.


  • MA and PhD in Ecological-Community Psychology, Cognate (minor) in Youth Development, Policy, and Programs
  • Certification in College Teaching

Other Professional Activities and Volunteer Leadership

  • Board Member, Danish Festival (2018 – present)
  • Board Member, Michigan Association for Evaluation (2018 – present)
  • Board Member, Montcalm Area Reading Council (2015-present)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Juvenile Justice (2015 – present)