Rakesh Mohan has been the director of OPE since 2002. He is committed to promoting confidence and accountability in state government through evaluation. Under his direction, the office has received many awards, including the American Evaluation Association’s 2016 Outstanding Evaluation Award and 2011 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Award. He is also the recipient of 2016 Donald and Alice Stone Outstanding Practitioner Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
Rakesh contributes to the field of evaluation through service on (1) the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Evaluation, (2) the board of the ASPA Center for Accountability and Performance, and (3) the evaluation advisory committee for VOICES for Health Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association.
In the past, he served on the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, the American Evaluation Association’s board of directors, and the editorial advisory board of New Directions for Evaluation. He coedited two volumes of New Directions for Evaluation: Promoting the Use of Government Evaluations in Policymaking (2006) and Responding to Sponsors and Stakeholders in Complex Evaluation Environments (2002).
Locally he serves on the board of directors of Jannus, an Idaho nonprofit providing health and human services. He has a master of public administration from the University of Kansas and is a recipient of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship.