Tessie Catsambas

Tessie Catsambas

Incoming AEA President

Anastasia (Tessie) Tzavaras Catsambas is the founder and CEO/CFO of EnCompass LLC, an 19-year-old organization that provides services in evaluation, learning, leadership and organizational development. In 2018, EnCompass was named one of the Top Workplaces in the Washington D.C. area by the Washington Post. Ms. Catsambas brings 30 years’ experience in planning, evaluation and organizational development. She has managed large-scale, international evaluations, delivered training in different aspects of evaluation, and advocated for evaluation at global level. Ms. Catsambas is an innovator and practioner in appreciative evaluation, a methodology that incorporates the systematic study of successful experiences in evaluation, and has co-authored a book entitled, Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry (Sage Publications 2006). She has taught evaluation and management courses at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), The Evaluators’ Institute of Claremont Graduate University, and around the world for associations and communities interested in using evaluation for productive and inclusive social and organizational change.

Ms. Catsambas will be President of AEA in 2019, and has received an International EvalPartners Award in recognition for her contributions to building the global coalition of evaluation organizations. Ms. Catsambas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. She has trained with the late Dr. W. Edwards Deming in Quality Management. She is fluent in French, bilingual in Greek, and speaks Spanish.

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