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Geri Lynn Peak  Curriculum Vitae and Bio

geri@twogemsconsulting.com | 410-709-TGCS (8427)

1016 Lenton Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21212-3211

twogemsconsulting.com

PURPOSE To promote the oneness of humanity, equity and positive, peaceful and purposeful social progress by centering and supporting Black, Indigenous and Brown people marginalized by the dominant system, which uses racism and othering as fuel for unequal progress, through customized technical supports in evaluation and organizational development: planning, design, assessment, monitoring, analysis, technical assistance and training.  To use group-oriented facilitation, coaching and consultative processes to mine and uplift group wisdom, providing data-driven findings, reporting them to stakeholders in ways that are useful and usable.  To transfer my learning and experience as my legacy to benefit social transformation. To integrate the arts and promote beauty that augments learning.


TRANSFORMING ‘SELVES & SYSTEMS:

I foster virtues-driven, equitable/ liberatory and participatory strategies to meet a standard of excellence and cultural resonance essential to the highest quality of collective action through data-centered learning, knowing understanding and improvement attuned to the critical need for individual and collective social transformation required for the betterment of the world.

By emphasizing the importance of collaboration and use of findings, communities glean practical, action-oriented insights to apply within community, institutional and programmatic settings, drive policy and guide further exploration aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of youth, women, families and communities worldwide. Relying on information from diverse sources promotes learning and understanding and wisely guides evaluation and research. The same skills are cultivated in individual coaching, wisdom generation and capacity-building.

I am a committed spiritual warrior for love and justice.  The core principles or virtues I strive to bring to my work as an evaluator include: humility, service, diligence, wisdom and discernment. I subscribe to an evolving set of liberatory research principles and the American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles.

ENTREPRENEURIAL, SOCIAL INNOVATION & COLLECTIVE POWER BUILDING        

Two Gems Consulting Services, Baltimore, MD;  Chief Insight Facilitator

 – providing coaching, facilitation, evaluation, training, technical assistance.  1997 to Present.  

                

Old Money New System (a national network of donor system change agents), Network member, planning team member 2017 - present

                

Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation (CREE) Community of Practice  Collaborative of Expanding the Bench; members seeking to elevate our collective discourse around and practice of CREE.  2018-2021

                

Center for Transformational Learning in Action

Founder. A fledgeling learning and thinking space inspired by the work of BYI High School and a continually evolving liberatory perspective on a twofold moral purpose--radically transforming ‘selves and systems--for the betterment of the thriving of all of humanity and the biosphere. 2015 to Present

                

Equity Matters, Baltimore, MD; Senior Equity Fellow

(Volunteer;  collaborator on qualitative approaches in Racial Equity Assessments, community engagement, organizational management and application of the Virtues Project) January 2012 to present

                

Liberatory Evaluation Learning Circle, founder.  Working with evaluators and thought leaders to explore, describe, practice and promote  liberatory evaluation, begun as a LEEAD Practicum

Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, Baltimore, MD; Co-Founder 1999,

Awareness to Action, Baltimore, MD; Independent Consulting team supporting healing racism;   January 1992 to 2015

jamila designs, Baltimore, MD;  handcrafted wearable arts. 1982-present

PRIOR POSITIONS        Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, Incorporated, Baltimore, MD; Co-Founder; Managing Director April 2000 to December 2002

                Baltimore City Healthy Start, MIS, Baltimore, MD

Research Associate, October 1994 to December 1997

Advocates for Youth (formerly, Center for Population Options),                                 Washington, DC

1988 – 1994; Director of Evaluation and Research 1992-1994

Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC

Graduate Student Intern, summer 1988

The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health,

        Baltimore, MD; Research Assistant, 1987 to 1988

                Peak Associates Planning,

                        Los Angeles, CA, Manager, 1982 to 1987

Feminist Women's Health Center, Los Angeles, CA

Contraceptive Counselor, 1985 to 1986

Los Angeles Bahá’í Center, Los Angeles, CA

Committee Coordinator, 1983 to 1984

CONSULTING        The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

EXPERIENCE        Evaluator, Center for Adolescent Health, 2004 -2011 & Maryland         Assembly on School

Based HealthCare, 2005 – 2007 (subcontractor); Technical Assistance, research team for Dr. Patricia O'Campo, 1998 to 2004; Program Evaluation instructor for MCH Summer Institute, 2001- 2006; Strategy to Improve Birth Outcomes measures development team, 2009-2010; Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute Self-Study External Assessment, 2010; Technical Assistance 2019; Departmental Associate, 2001 to 2012

        DewMore Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Evaluator and Virtues Project Professional Development, 2019-2020

        Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Evaluation of the Urban Arts Leadership, Field School and Diversity Initiatives 2020-2021

        Boundless Connections & Strength Solutions, Ithaca, NY

Virtues Project Trainer & Evaluator, Rochester, NY program site expansion and retrospective evaluation of Ithaca program impact. 2019-2020 (postponed)

        Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Baltimore MD

Evaluator, Substance Use Prevention Services block grant (2018-2021), Maryland Strategic Planning Framework 2 (2017-2021) and Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (2018-2021); Technical Assistance towards developing institutional cohesion in their organization-wide Racial Justice and Equity stance, 2019 via Equity Matters, Inc.

        ECIN—Early Childhood Innovation Network, Washington, DC

Technical Assistance: supporting cohesion in their network-wide Racial Equity Community of Practice; responsible for project administration, Virtues Project™  application, and CREE coaching, 2019-2020 via Equity Matters, Inc.

        The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland

Assistance with Adolescent Reproductive Health Initiatives, 1998; Survey of Reproductive Health Professionals, 1999; Family-Centered Youth Development Programs database design, 1999; Technical Reviewer, 2003; CAT Systems Learning Evaluation & TA, 2015-18. Baltimore Children & Youth Fund community engagement, 2018

        Creative City Public Charter School, Baltimore, Maryland

        Branching Out Evaluation 2015-2018

        American Friends Service Committee, South Region

Friend of a Friend Program Evaluation, 2014-2015

Saint Francis Neighborhood Center, Baltimore, MD

        The Power Project Evaluation, 2012-2015; 2015-2019

        Community Health Initiative, Baltimore, MD

        Asset Mapping Project Trainer, Respectful Listening and Motivational Interviewing, 2012

        Y in Central Maryland, Baltimore, MD

        New Horizons II Evaluation, 2012-2014

        Y Achievers Evaluation, 2012-2013

        21st Century Community Learning Centers Evaluation, 2013-2020

        Maryland State Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, MD

        Abstinence Education Program Evaluation and Technical Assistance, 2012 -2013, 2015

EBLO (Education Based Latino Outreach), Baltimore, MD 

After-School Program Evaluation, 2010 to 2015.

        First Candle, Baltimore, MD

        African American Faith-Based Bereavement Initiative Evaluation , 2011-2012

        Family League of Baltimore City, Baltimore, MD

        Consolidated Youth Strategies Evaluation, 2006-2007; Baltimore Youth Apprenticeship Program Evaluation, 2007; Virtues Project Professional Development Training, 2011-2012, 2013-204

        Jamestown Community College, Olean, NY

        Virtues Project Introduction 2-day  Workshop, 2009

        Kids on the Hill/New Lens, Baltimore, MD 

Policing Project Evaluator, 2009-2010; Listening Project Evaluation and Training 2015-2016

        Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

        Guest Lecturer, Masters in Community Arts, 2009, Community Arts Collaborative measures retreat, 2010, Community Arts Collaborative Evaluator 2015-2020

        Department of Parks and Recreation, Baltimore, MD

Senior Staff Retreat, 2009        

        The After School Institute, Baltimore, MD

Diversity Training, 2008        

        East Baltimore Development, Inc., Baltimore, MD

         Resident Arts Program Instructor, 2008 - 2009

        WombWork Productions, Inc., Baltimore, MD

        Virtues Evaluation and Technical Assistance Support and Planning for the Gang Violence Initiative and other WombWork programs, 2008 - 2009

        OSI: Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

        Evaluation of the Community Fellowship Program, 2008 - 2009

        COSMOS, Corporation, Bethesda, MD

Technical Reviewer, 2008

        Village Learning Place, Baltimore, MD

        LINK Program Evaluation, 2008 – 2010, Summer Evaluation from 2012

        Virtues Project Professional Development Training, 2009 - 2016

        The Waldorf School of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

        Sexuality Education Main Lesson, 2003, 2004, 2008-2018; Health Behaviors and Society course, 2011-2012; Community Retreat, 2008

        Diversity Training (Awareness to Action), 2008; Virtues Training, 2011

        American Evaluation Association, Fairhaven, MA

        Building Diversity Initiative Evaluation, 2007-2008

        Baltimore City Healthy Start, Baltimore, MD

                                Coordination of Local Evaluation Activities, 1998 to 2006;

                                Knitting Course for Belly Buddies, 2008; Evaluation TA 2010-11

National Healthy Start Association, Baltimore, MD

        Technical Writer, Evaluation Toolkit, 2003; Evaluator, Regional Training Conferences, 2004 & 2006

The Friends School, Baltimore Maryland

Cultural Competency Training for Youth Leaders, 1998

Diversity Training/Organizational Consulting, 2001-2002

Strategic Planning for Diversity Committee, 2003

The Futures Group International, Washington, DC

        Evaluator, In-country evaluation of WestHELP peer education and leadership program, in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2003

                FOCUS on Young Adults, Washington, DC

Rapporteur for the Young Adult Reproductive Health Training Course held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1999-2000

Communications Sciences Group, San Francisco, CA

Focus Group Moderator, "Know Your Status" Project, testing messages designed to promote HIV testing for the CDC, 1999-2000

        The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC

                Focus Group Research Review and Support, 1998

Coppin State College, Baltimore, Maryland

Evaluation Trainer and Research Support, Coppin HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Project, 1998

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Baltimore, Maryland

Trainer, 1997

Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC

Technical Assistant and Expert Researcher, 1996 to 1998

Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, Baltimore, MD

Trainer, Cultural Competency, 1995

Catholic Youth Ministries, Baltimore, MD

Trainer, Cultural Competency, 1994 to 1995

City of Springfield, Massachusetts

Trainer, Cultural Competency, 1994

Automated Research Systems, Limited, Alexandria, VA

Technical Reviewer, 1994

Tucson Institute for Healing Racism, Tucson, AZ

Trainer, Eliminating Prejudice, 1994

Garrison Forest School, Reisterstown, MD

Trainer/Crisis intervention, Cultural Competency, 1992 to 1994

Delaware Health and Social Services, Dover, DE

Evaluator (through Advocates for Youth), School-Based Health Center Site-Monitoring Team Leader, 1993

Set for Success, Baltimore, MD

Evaluator (through Advocates for Youth), 1991 to 1993

The Abell Foundation, Baltimore, MD

Evaluator, 1987 to 1988

PROFESSIONAL         ACE Evaluation Network, Expanding the Bench

MEMBERSHIPS                 Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable Evaluation. Inaugural member of this CREE expertise focused, seasoned BIPOC evaluator database. (founded by Annie E. Casey Foundation/hosted by Change Matrix)

        American Evaluation Association

        Independent Consulting TIG Web-list Co-Moderator 2007 – 2011;

                American Public Health Association

                        Population Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section --

                        Section Counselor 1997-1999, Nominations Committee                                 Chairperson 1993-1994;  Adolescent Task Force Co-chairperson                         1992 to 2003

        American  Craft Council

ORGANIZING,         Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Baltimore City, Inc.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES,        Member, 1988 to Present; Chairperson 1990-91, 1999-2001, 2005-

COMMUNITY                2006, 2009-2010; Vice-chairperson 1989-1990, 1991-1992,

SERVICE AND                2006-2007, 2008-2009; Corresponding Secretary 1993-1994; HONORS                2020-2021; Recording Secretary 2001 to 2003: Systems                                 Administrator 2012-2021; Assistant Secretary 2021-2022.

                Black Futures 360 Giving Circle/Cllctivly, Baltimore, MD,

                        Member, 2020 to present

                Expanding the Bench hosted by Change Matrix/founded by Annie E.                         Casey Foundation LEEAD Mentor 2015-2020; ACE Network                                 Member 2015-present; LEEAD Practicum site 2020

                        Ace Network CoP of CREE Instigator 2020; Ace Network CREE                         Implementation Science learning Group 2018-19.

                DewMore Baltimore

                        Member, Board of Directors, 2019-2021  

                Maryland State Department of Education 21st Century Community                                 Learning Centers

Exemplary Evaluator (A-rated), 2014-2015, the only year the assessment of evaluation reports was publicized.

                Virtues Project International Association

                        International Advisory Council (IAC) North America                                         Representative 2016-2018.

                Keur Khaleyi West African Dance Company, Baltimore, MD

                        Member, Board of Trustees, 2012-2015

                Waldorf School of Baltimore

                        Member, Board of Trustees, elected 2010-2016

                WombWork Productions, Inc., Baltimore, MD,  

                        Member, Governing Board, 2010 to Present and occasional                                 performer

                New Lens, Inc., Baltimore, MD

                        Advisory Board, 2009 to Present

                Chinquapin Park Crafts and Character

                        Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program Animator,                                 2006-2011

                        Neighborhood Children's Class Teacher 2006-2008

        Assistant to the Auxiliary Board of the Continental Counselors of the Bahá'ís of the United States.  2004-2011. 2017 to present.

                American Evaluation Association

                        Learning Circles Professional Development Fellow, 2008-2009

                         Independent Consulting TIG co-webmaster 2008-2012

                        Thought-Leaders Forum Committee 2012 to 2015

                Fellowship of Lights, Inc., Baltimore, MD

        President, Board of Trustees, 1996 to 2000; Secretary 2000 to 2017

        Crimson Ark Baha’i Regional Training Institute Board

        Secretary 2007 to 2009, Member 2005 to 2009

Feline Rescue Association, Baltimore, Maryland

        Member, Board of Directors, 2008 to 2012

                Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD        

                        Genitourinary Teaching Associate, 1998 to 2005

        Standardized Patient, 1996 to 2000

        American Social Health Association

        Advisory Panel on Internet-based Adolescent Sexuality Education, 2000 to 2001

        Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, Baltimore, MD

        Co-Founder, October 1999; President, Board of Directors, 1999-2000

Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC

Member, Advisory Panels: "Understanding Adolescents' Motivation to Prevent Pregnancy" and "Strategies for Reducing Developmental and Cultural Barriers to Reproductive Health Services for Diverse Youth Populations" 1996 to 1998

American Public Health Association, Population and Family Planning Section

Young Professional's Award, 1994

Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, NY

Member, Advisory Panel, "Reducing Sociocultural Barriers to Health Care: An Investigation of the Family Planning Concerns of Low-Income and Minority Women," 1994 to 1996

Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, NY

         Member, Panel of Experts to Discuss the Role of Men in Reproductive Health Decisions Regarding Contraceptive Use, 1993  

Baltimore Institute for the Healing of Racism, Baltimore, MD

Member, Steering Committee 1991 to 1994

The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

        Minority Predoctoral Fellowship, 1987 to 1989

        Honorary Associate, 2000-2013

Feminist Women's Health Center, Los Angeles, CA

Field Placement - Design in-house protocols, 1985

Genitourinary Teaching Team, 1985

EDUCATION & TRAINING        The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr.P.H., Population Dynamics, 1993

University of California at Los Angeles, California

M.P.H., Population, Family and International Health, 1986

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

A.B. Biochemistry/Dance, 1979

                Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

                        Jewelry Design and Surface Design courses, 1995-1996

Virtues ProjectTM Certified Facilitator, 2005; appointed Master Facilitator         by peers in June 2010

Square Foot Gardening Certified Instructor,  2011

EXPERIENCE &                         Organizational Development and Leadership: Direct and manage

SKILLS                        organizations and new initiatives, including founding nonprofit organizations, board leadership, community organizing for new initiative start up, evaluation and organizational development support. Strategic planning, organizational leadership and oversight. Research Skills:  Customized Measures Development, Impact Evaluation, Survey Research, Focus Group Research, Performance Measurement, Group Concept Mapping, Statistical Analysis, Data Management, PLA, Health Impact Assessment, Power/Privilege/Internalized Oppression Analyses, Program Theory Design, Framework Alignment.  Technical Assistance Skills: Evaluation, Health Equity, Sexuality Education, Diversity, Multiculturalism and Cultural Responsiveness, Program Planning, Writing, Program Theory Design, Framework Design, Logic Model Design and Application, Organizational Development, Workshop and Retreat Design; Training Topics (Substantive Expertise):  Youth Transition to Adulthood, Youth Leadership, Youth Development, Community Participation and Engagement, Planning and Conducting Evaluation, Group Concept Mapping, Healing/Eliminating Racism, Multiculturalism, Oneness and Nobility of Humankind.  Certified Virtues Project Courses:  Two-day Intensive and Three day Facilitator Certification; Customized courses topic examples: the Five Strategies and Evaluation; the Five Strategies and Racial Equity; Virtues language and Measurement.  Other Course Examples: Hands-on Evaluation Fundamentals, Health Disparities guest lecturer, Community Arts Research and Assessment guest lecturer, Anthrospin (the human journey through the technology of thread- and cloth-making).  Master Craft Artisan: Instruction and original design work in Knitting, Crochet, Spinning, Beadwork and Jewelry Design (in beads, paper maché, metals and polymer clay). Conducting art workshops in communities facing systemic oppression is a priority. Group Coaching and Crisis Management: Virtues Project strategies, conflict resolution, addressing and establishing racism-free and transformational learning environments. 

INNOVATIONS        

Strategic/Evaluative Insight Facilitation  - group data discovery process engaging experienced stakeholders in revealing information, perceptions, observations, conclusions or additional questions about a specific programmatic issue, topic, concern or opportunity. Used to enhance, introduce or explore new areas of evaluation and applied programmatic research.

Journey Scroll - The Journey Scroll is a collaborative participatory retrospective evaluation technique of documenting the history of a process, movement or program based on stakeholder recollection. The Journey Scroll helps groups document their collective experience along a time trajectory. The process can shed light on both the inception and implementation of a community-engaged, collaborative, participatory or institutional effort.  The process could be modified to use as a planning or visioning tool that could also inform evaluation measures. Cocreated with Dr. Amy Desai Graham and Dr. Mindelyn Anderson.

Operating Frameworks - Family Strengthening Youth Development - a unique approach to youth development based on the work of Richard F. Catalano and M. Lisa Berglund, developed on behalf of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The work emphasized the holistic inclusion of all family members rather than isolating and distancing young people from their families of origin.  Other frameworks developed include: cultural and ethnic norms regarding service participation; and practitioners’ support to transform systems of care (e.g. juvenile justice, foster care); Baltimore Urban Debate League framework and a framework on diversity and inclusion for the American Evaluation Association based on their Building Diversity Initiative results and human services systems change.

        Virtues or Core Principles Evaluation – based on the Virtues Project ™ Five Strategies, this approach uses the character qualities of positive psychology (e.g., trust, respect and understanding) and positive social interaction to frame evaluations and develop measurements and results consistent with the best intentions and vision of organizations and communities.

        A.I.M.M. (Articulate-Integrate-Manifest-Measure) – an approach for operationalizing guiding principles, such as organizational vision, mission and values, that allows groups to identify character strengths and qualities collaboratively, develop measures and track the attainment of core principles, contextual conditions and other difficult to measure constructs and create robust conditions and metrics used both to practice and assess them. The A.I.M.M. approach is often used in conjunction with Core Principles/Virtues Evaluation.  In some instances we add an R. for Reflection.

        Moving Measures – using gestures and words to articulate stakeholder opinions about program practices and efforts, to communicate among stakeholders in participatory evaluations and research, to examine individual and organizational beliefs, thoughts, behaviors and intentions with regard to the overarching questions and concerns that impact community well being.

        Collaboration Bootcamp (in process) – A series of activities and considerations for developing the human capacities and qualities necessary to collaborate in a mode of openness, transparency, detachment and humility focused on the betterment of all and the greater good of society.

Liberatory Evaluation Learning Circle- a discourse-space for dialogue on applying principles that augment and transform culturally responsive and equitable evaluation through holistic, spirit-full, emancipatory academic & community-driven research and evaluation practice.

Putting the “L” in SMARTIE Goals and Objectives - adding “Liberatory” to the familiar SMART framework, which was previously extended to include “I” and “E” as a guide for anticolonial program assessment.

SELECT BLOGS, PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS

Peak, GL. (2021) Connecting the Intra/Inter/Structural Week: Virtues that Measure Us AEA365 Blog

Peak, GL. (2020) Lessons in Anticolonialism from BIPOC Innovators. AEA365 Blog

Anderson, M and Peak, GL. (2020) June 5th is My Independence Day. AEA365 Blog

Peak, GL. (2020) Plan SMARTLIE. Or Get REAL. LinkedIn

Elizabeth Taylor-Schiro/Bidabinikwe, E; Peoples, Peak, GL; Lopez, I; Shanker, V; Verret, D. (2019) A place for solitude, community, and healing for attendees who identify as Indigenous, Black, and People of Color (IBPOC) at Evaluation 2019!. AEA365 Blog

Peak, GL. (2019) No Tricks, Real Talk on Healing Racialized Trauma on the Evaluator’s Path. AEA365 Blog

Peak, GL, Desai, A. Burton, M, Robinson, L. (2015). The Courage to Learn from Excellence and Adversity: Universal and Program Specific Lessons from the Friend of a Friend Program Evaluation 2009-2013.  Prepared for the American Friends Service Committee.

Peak, GL (2014). Youth Leadership Network Priority Guidance:A facilitated, iterative process for developing network focus and priorities. Prepared for the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health Prevention Research Center.

Peak, GL, Ross, K. (2012). Adventures in Practice: Insights from the First Year of the African American Faith-Based Bereavement Initiative Training of Trainers. Prepared for First Candle.

Ross, K, Peak, GL, Resnick-Gewanter, Z. (2011).  Developing The Teen Years Explained: A retrospective story told from the perspective of the participants.  Prepared for the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health Prevention Research Center.

Peak, GL, Ross, K (2010). Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute Self-Study Independent Review.:Themes and Findings. 

Peak, GL, Peters, L, Fishman, S. (2007).  Tracking Transformation: Evaluating the American Evaluation Association’s

        Building Diversity Initiative – Report of Phase I Evaluation Findings. Prepared for the American Evaluation Association. Two Gems Consulting Services.

Burke JG, O’Campo P, Peak GL. (2006). Neighborhood influences and intimate partner violence: Does geographic setting matter? Journal of Urban Health.  2006. 83 (2): 182 – 194.

O'Campo P, Burke JG, Peak G, McDonnell K, Gielen A (2005).  Uncovering the neighborhood influences on intimate partner violence using concept mapping. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 59(7): 603-8.

Burke JG, O'Campo P, Peak G, Gielen A, McDonnell K, Trochim W. (2005).  An introduction to concept mapping as a participatory public health research methodology. Qualitative Health Research. Dec; 15(10):1392-410

Yonas M, O’Campo P, Burke JG, Peak G, Thomas AL, Gielen A. (2005). Interpersonal violence among urban youth: Exploring the role of gender. Journal of Urban Health. 82(4): 543-551.

Peak, G. L. 2003. The Healthy Start Guide to Evaluating Success and Measuring Program Impact.  Baltimore, MD: National Healthy Start Association.

Peak, G.L., Hill, T.L. and Pelea, B.J.  2002. Expanding the Reach of Family-Strengthening to promote Youth Development: Supporting Vulnerable Youth Programs. Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance.

Peak, G.L. and Saito, R.N. 2002. Exploring Cultural Notions of Service: A Strategy To Inform Youth Service As A Component Of Youth Development.  Final Progress Report to the Ford Foundation.  Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance.

Peak, G.L., Leon, J. and Harris, V. 2002.  Toward Collective Support of Vulnerable Young People in Transition to Adulthood: Findings from Consultative Sessions.  Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance.

Peak, G.L.  2002. Building Consistency between Words and Deeds: a report from consultative facilitation to promote employee diversity at Friends School.  A report presented to the Diversity Council of  the Friends School, Baltimore, Maryland.

Peak, G.L.  2001.  Family Strengthening Youth Development: A Position Paper.  Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance.

Peak, G.L., Berglund, L. and Chandra, A.  2000.  Strong Communities, Effective Families, Successful Youth: An Intention-Based Framework for Promoting Family within Youth Development. Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance.

Caughy, M.O., Peak, G.L., O'Campo, P.J. and Randolph, S. 2000.  Parenting Priorities of African American Parents of Preschool Children. Submitted to  the Journal of Marriage and the Family.

Peak, G.L.  1999.  No Crystal Ball: Expert Insight on the Future of Funding Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiatives Worldwide. Funders Affinity Group for Population, Reproductive Health and Rights.

SELECTED WORKSHOPS and PRESENTATIONS

Wolfe, S and Peak, GL. 2021.  Decolonizing Research, Funding, and Human Services: A Community Discussion. Presented at the American Psychological Association August meeting.

Peak, G.L.  2020.  Better Being for Clearer Seeing:  An evaluator lens "truth-up" to better serve social and systemic change. Presented at the Baltimore Area Evaluators December meeting.

Peak, G.L.  2020.  Beyond Seeing: Transformational Evaluation through the Lens of Racial Justice!  Presented at the San Francisco Bay Area Evaluators October meeting.

Peak, G.L.  2020.  A Question of Power. Presented at the North America Virtues Mentorship, Virtues Project International Association.

Peak, G.L. and Anderson, M. 2019  Decolonizing Evaluation and Assessment:  A Collective Wisdom Mining, Healing and  Planning Session on Confronting Co-option via Institution, Systemic or Individual Privilege/”Superiority Sickness,” presented at the 5th Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Peak, G.L. and Andaerson, M. 2018. Collaborative Power Building: Using the Journey Scroll to Equitably Document Retrospective Program Experience, presented at the American Evaluation Association Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Peak, G. L.  2016. Panel Member: Interfaith Response to IPV; 10th Annual In Plain Sight Domestic Violence Conference: “ A Survivor's Journey” Timonium, MD  sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Social Services, Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, TurnAround Inc. and the Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee

Peak, G.L. and Jordan, L. 2015. Listening to Learn:  21st Century Interviewing Skillz. A full-day pre-conference workshop to enhance the quality of one-on-one interviewing skills presented at the American Evaluation Association Meeting, Baltimore Maryland. Also presented in Chicago, 2015.

Peak, G.L. 2007.  Moving Measures. A participatory evaluation measurement workshop presented at the American Evaluation Association meeting, Baltimore, Maryland.

Peak, G.L. and McNeely, C.  2006.   Uncovering and Exploring Robust, Quality Measurements of Partnership.  A talk presented at the American Evaluation Association Annual meeting, Portland, Oregon.

Peak, G.L.  2005.   New Light for the Dark Tunnel: Engaging Community to Frame Program Vision and Shape ongoing Evaluation.  A talk presented at the 2005 Joint CES/AEA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Peak, G.L.  2002.   A Picture of Diversity and Youth Development.  A workshop presented at the Annie E. Casey Foundation RESPECT Round Table, Baltimore, Maryland.

Peak, G.L.  2002.  Understanding Family-Strengthening to Promote Youth Development. A workshop presented at the East Coast Family Strengthening  Youth Development Learning Network, Providence, Rhodes Island and Seattle, Washington.

Peak, G.L. and Rutstein, T.N.  2002.  Promoting Oneness and Nobility in the Bryn Mawr Community.  Professional Development Workshop presented at the Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore ,Maryland.

Peak, G.L.  2001.  Embracing Diversity: Helping Individuals and Systems Grow in Understanding and in Meeting the Needs of Diverse Clients.  Keynote address and workshop presented at a statewide training for health care providers held in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Peak. G.L.  and Ravoira, L.  2000. Mission Possible: Setting Goals and Objectives That Work For Evaluation.  Keynote address for the OAPP national grantee meeting.  

Peak, G.L.  1999.  Documentation: A Key To Effective Program Replications., presented at the 1999 OAPP Grantee Meeting,

Peak, G.L.  1999.  Transition to Adulthood: How Societies Create and Distinguish Adults., presented at the Young Adult Reproductive Health State of the Art Training Course, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Caughy, M.O., Randolph, S., Roberts, D. and Peak, G.L..   1999.  Parenting Priorities of African American Parents of Preschool Children, poster presented at the 1999 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Peak, G.L. 1995. Involving Diverse Religious Communities in Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiatives -- The Bahá’í Faith as Example, workshop presented at Advocates for Youth's 15th Anniversary Conference.

Peak, G.L. and Rutstein, T.N. 1995.  Healing Racial Prejudice, workshop presented at the Maryland Perinatal Association Annual Meeting.

Peak, G.L.  1992.  Cutting to the Core: Examining and Healing Racial Prejudice as a Route to Increasing Multi-Cultural Awareness and Appreciation, workshop presented at the National Peer Helpers Association sixth annual national conference.

Professional Biography

Dr. Geri Lynn Peak has practiced evaluation for 34 years and facilitation for 46 years.  She founded Two Gems Consulting Services in 1997 to strengthen programs and support social innovation.  She brings a culturally responsive and equitable lens, evaluating efforts in the spirit of service, promoting  wellbeing and maximizing community potential to transform society for the betterment of all people.  Her Insight Facilitation approaches promote true understanding:  identifying authentically meaningful questions; "listening" to stakeholders wisdom and needs; applying diverse, customized methods; gathering and mining information with openness and detachment; and presenting findings in accessible forms, trusting in and helping stakeholders invoke their own wisdom to continually improve their efforts. Her primary interests are community/societal change, healing racism, multiculturalism,  youth development, reproductive health and rights and engaging community, particularly youth, in the learning/action/reflection process, leveraging the Virtues Project™ as a restorative and affirmative data gathering and meaning making support.  

As a Virtues Project™ Master Facilitator, she leverages the Five Strategies of the Virtues Project to improve organizational quality and measure outcomes as well as share the strategies to help people and programs become their best.  The combination of intentional training in and application of the Five Strategies to add power to the evaluation experience led to the Virtues Evaluation approach, which is dynamic and forming.  She also conducts workshops, trainings and coaching for virtues enthusiasts.

She has actively worked on eliminating racism and all forms of prejudice since her teens; working specifically during the 1990s with the Institute for the Healing of Racism developed by Nat Rutstein, which inspired the Awareness to Action consulting partnership with his son, Tod Rutstein.  Geri later joined the Equity Matters collaborative, which promotes racial justice and health equity by working to transform individual character and systems, leading both the evaluation portfolio and Virtues Project integration to observe, codify, document and advocate for equal access to power and privilege and the social, emotional, spiritual and physical benefits that result.  

As a member of the Bahá'í community, she participates in a global enterprise focused on learning through collective nonpartisan, nonsectarian community building which focuses on the enlivenment of individuals through a unified effort to read reality and address common issues at the level of the neighborhood to serve the organic transformation of society.

She volunteers on the board of directors of both WombWork Productions and DewMore Baltimore, advises New Lens, Inc. and both serves on the elected governing body of the Baltimore Bahá'í Community and serves as an Assistants to the Auxiliary Board, supporting cohesion and growth in Baltimore.  She co-founded the Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance and Baltimore Youth Initiative High School.  More recently, she has been collaborating and supporting colleagues in East Africa through Bright Jamii Initiative and WombWork TZ and envisioning new initiatives focused on transformational learning with a colleague in Norway. She maintains a growing list of  books to write and is expanding her international portfolio just when she should be slowing down in life.

Educatution, mentoring, training and accompaniment are areas of constant learning and mastery and a source of ongoing humility and wonder.  Geri began learning about peer support and teaching others in the 1970s as a Girl Scout, dancer, gymnast, through service in diverse faith settings and in organizing spaces in college.  After settling into public health in the mid 1980s, opportunities to guide youth, mentor graduate students, teach evaluation and build power with clients and communities increased. As a trainer she is most comfortable with interactive approaches and has studied techniques for accommodating various learning styles and transforming education.  She has experience teaching evaluation and research skills, modern and middle eastern dance, gardening and various handcrafts to all ages both formally and informally.  She led the youth advisory council at Advocates for Youth for two years and focused on peer education in a variety of settings.  She has taught evaluation in intensive institutes, sexuality education to middle and high schoolers, trained recipients of federal funding and been a guest lecturer, often focused on the impact of systemic racism on health and research.  As programs sought to incorporate arts in healing, her craft arts skills became more utilized in public health and community building as, for example, in the Baltimore Healthy Start “Belly Buddies” enrichment program.  She became a trained Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program animator in the 2000s, became a Square Foot Gardening certified instructor around 2010  and co-founded and ran Baltimore Youth Initiative High School from 2012-2016 and for its four years served every role from principal to janitor with a combination of fear, courage and pride.  With peer professionals, she has supported masters and doctoral students, trained professionals and clients, worked with TAs in teaching and programs and currently serves Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity in her third formal mentoring cycle and will provide a practicum post for the first time.  At TGCS she often mentors professionals and lay-practitioners in evaluation and hires program participants to amplify the authenticity and power of evaluations.  Most recently she has been co-coordinating healing and respite spaces, noticing that these have great potential as “unconference” spaces within professional meeting and training venues.  And she has also been collaborating with a young scholar in Norway exploring transformational learning.

A fiber-artist, jewelry designer, poet, dancer, drummer and avid organic vegetable gardener, this native of Los Angeles resides in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. with her delightful husband, two mysterious cats, many inscrutable computing devices and lots of clutter; while her insightful twin daughters, the O.G. Two Gems, make their way in the world socially distanced and back home under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated May 20, 2021