Pieta is a researcher and evaluator of programs and policy, specializing in local economic development and workforce development. She has over ten years’ experience in program evaluation and, prior to that, many years’ experience working and teaching in social services, adult education and workforce development training. She has experience working in agencies of various sizes, including Commonwealth Corporation and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, where she was the Director of Research and Evaluation. She specializes in using data to improve program performance and on designing data systems that support quality programming. Pieta received her BA from Brown University in Organizational Behavior and Management and Anthropology, her MS in Administrative Science from Boston University, and her MEd from Harvard University. Currently, she is working toward a PhD in Social Policy at Brandeis University.