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Mira Best

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Mira Best

Evaluation Associate

Mira received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018 and her Master’s of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 2019. Throughout her undergraduate education, she worked as an intern at three nonprofits, and realized a strong commonality among all three—the impactful role data had on their service provision and on the clients they served. This realization led her to the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, where she gained further experience working with data to inform practice. Before coming to MAEC, she evaluated an array of social services delivered by a large Chicago-based nonprofit, with an emphasis on early childhood programs. She believes strongly in using a data-driven, evidence-based approach to address social issues, gaps in service delivery, and systemic inequities. She is also very fond of hazelnut coffee, her dog, and the Oxford comma.

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