about joyce Lee-Ibarra

Since 2003, I’ve been a nonprofit consultant, providing grant writing, program evaluation, and social sector research to a range of nonprofits, funders, and public sector agencies. My specialty is bringing rigor and analysis to inform the program strategy and evaluation efforts of nonprofits and philanthropies. Although my client base is broad, I have a special interest in organizations focused on improving social justice, meeting the needs of underserved youth, and advancing public health.

Prior to launching my nonprofit consulting career, I was a Teach For America corps member in rural North Carolina. Later, I worked as research coordinator of a youth violence intervention program at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. In addition to my consultancy, I serve on the board of directors for Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, and am a member of Aloha United Way's ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Research Advisory Committee for Hawaii. I am also


lead organizer of the Hawaiʻi Community Benefit Consultants, a network of community-minded independent consultants serving organizations throughout the state of Hawaii. 

I received my BA in Anthropology and Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of California-Berkeley, and my MS from the Harvard School of Public Health. I reside in Honolulu, Hawaii, with my husband, our two sons, and our rambunctious dog, Sandy.