Vera Michalchik

Vera Michalchik leads PACS’s research on effective philanthropy and the design of materials, institutes, and consultations for donors, advisors, and others wanting to put into practice principles that can advance impact in the sector. She brings to her role extensive experience in social science research, the learning sciences, and strategic philanthropy, having worked in research-plus-practice positions at SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, UC Irvine’s Department of Informatics, and Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She also built a library system on a small island in Micronesia while collecting data there for her dissertation on how knowledge gets managed for social good. She holds a PhD from Stanford, EdM from Harvard, and BA from UC Berkeley—her studies all focused on learning, media, and shaping of cultural norms.