Gizelle Gopez has always had a passion for serving her community and a deep interest in the role of politics, interdisciplinary approaches, and monitoring and evaluation for enacting social change. As a second-generation Filipino American, Gizelle has focused her career and her community involvement on building networks as a means to bring diverse individuals together to engage in cross-sector dialogues, turning individual expertise into a collective strength for advancing diversity and inclusion, the preservation of our environment, and the advancement of women in the workplace.
Gizelle is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Government and Public Services sector, where she collaborates with domestic and international organizations to design meaningful health interventions and conduct evaluations to inform strategic action. Prior to Deloitte, Gizelle served as an Evaluation Fellow with CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and also served as an Evaluation Associate with the non-profit capacity building organization, Third Sector New England. In addition to those roles, she spent two years in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working on child health and nutrition programs for the global health organization PATH and implemented community health projects for Phnom Penh’s non-profit hospital, the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE. Her work also includes having analyzed the effectiveness of policy recommendations by Susan G. Komen for the Cure NYC and George Soros’ Open Society Institute, conducted research for Harvard Kennedy School’s Innovations in American Government Program on public-private partnerships, and delivered in-kind medical donations for the humanitarian aid organization, AmeriCares, in the Asia-Pacific region and rural Appalachia in the U.S.
Gizelle is a founding member of CDC’s Evaluation Fellows Alumni Network, and from 2017 to 2018 served as Co-Chair of CDC’s Fellows Professional Development Collective, where she instituted CDC’s first agency-wide Fellows Awards Ceremony. She is the President-Elect of the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association, the Class President for her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), and serves on the Penn Board’s Alumni Programming Committee. As an inter-disciplinarian, Gizelle holds a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Urban Studies from Penn. She lives in Decatur with her husband, Ajay David, with their two rescue pups, Thomas and Tisha, and loves our nation’s National Parks.