What We Do
At Preva we're dedicated to helping organizations - in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors - achieve large scale social change. We are working to improve the quality and timeliness of measurement to enable better decisions for practitioners and investors. We do this by combining in-context strategic data planning with sophisticated analytics. This requires a shift from measurement for compliance to measurement for impact decisions; from data collection as a tax on practitioners to value-add for practitioners. These are fundamental shifts, not incremental, and require new methods. This is why we are excited for this opportunity and also why we positioned our services in the following way.
Strategic Data Analysis
We believe in strategies and programs built on evidence, including measurement and analytics. We help organizations make meaning from their existing data to ask smarter questions and inform strategic decisions.
- Data Analysis and Implications
- Business Intelligence and Scenario Modeling
- Strategic Data and Technology Planning
SOPHISTICATED DESCRIPTIVE AND MEASUREMENT Data SystemS
Strong underlying architectures at the market, enterprise and solution levels enable innovative approaches that help movements scale. New service based approaches enable new models to rapidly drive social change while effectively manage capital.
- Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing
- Cloud Computing
- Solution and Architecture Design, Development and Support
PROGRAM EXECUTION SERVICES
We collaborate with clients and partners to instrument program level plans, develop products to drive strategic objectives and orchestrate multiple party complex implementations. We team with innovative and leading partners who add critical contextual knowledge, reliable and valid program evaluations. We help launch new organizations who leverage data and technology to solve social issues not readily addressed by governments or traditional businesses.
- Product and Program Management
- Venture Advisory
- Investment Measurement
Who We Are
Tim Kinkead - Managing Director
Tim has led large information technology organizations and consulted for numerous non-profits and fortune 500 companies. He helps organizations increase impact by using technology to transform practices and capabilities. Tim has held interim and permanent C-level and senior director roles for a variety of organizations. His expertise includes strategic technology planning, venture advisory services, program management and product planning.
Tim’s recent project experience includes providing strategic technology advice to decrease risk and increase the impact of philanthropic investments, venture advisory work resulting in an oversubscribed angel round, developing a channel distribution strategy for a learning project and designing a prize to spur innovative technologies that support learning differences.
Tim is a school board Director for the Bainbridge Island, WA school district. Tim earned his bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Arizona.
Ayn Lavagnino – Director
Ayn leads solution development at the intersection of design, system dynamics and decision-making. Using design thinking tools she accelerates program innovation and strategic planning from definition through implementation. With 20+ years in high tech, her Hewlett Packard executive experience spans product development, product line management, global environmental operations leadership, Big Data and organizational design & development. Her previous experience includes a technical role at a Silicon Valley startup, and 4 years as a secondary education Math/Science Teacher and Department Head.
Ayn volunteers leadership support to CEDEPCA, a Latin American non-profit focused on community development and education, where she has served as the US Board Vice President for 5 years. Ayn has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rice University and a Master of Science from Stanford University, both in Materials Science & Engineering. She has served as a Building Innovative Leaders mentor in a joint HP/Stanford Business and Design School program.
Derek Soike - Software Engineer
Derek is a versatile developer who loves the creative process, rapid development, big data, and spreadsheets. He is motivated by technical challenges and pure curiosity.
Derek has a unique background in engineering, project management, and construction. He studied civil engineering at the University of Washington and started his career in the renewable energy sector. Later moving into the heavy civil construction industry, Derek was responsible for preparing bids for multi-million dollar construction projects and managing field work.
His passion for technology ultimately pulled him toward a career in programming. Today, you'll find him at a keyboard writing code for interesting projects. Unless he's outside climbing or mountain biking.
Trevor Selby - Director
Trevor has spent his career helping organizations use the right technology and data to make smarter decisions. He is an accomplished leader with more than 18 years of experience in software development, education, and consulting. His areas of expertise include program management, education data systems, performance measurement, and quantitative modeling.
Previously, Trevor served as a Senior Strategic Data Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he led efforts to use education data to understand how the College Ready team's strategy affected student outcomes. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Trevor worked at Public Consulting Group, leading the day to day development and operation of New Jersey's statewide student longitudinal data warehouse. Trevor started his career as a software engineer, building scoring and reporting systems for Educational Testing Service, in several venture funded startups, and at Oracle corporation.
Trevor earned his MBA from New York University and has a bachelors degree in computer science from Duke University.
Fannie Tseng - Measurement and Evaluation Specialist
Fannie is an experienced evaluation researcher who has worked in the policy evaluation field for over 15 years. Fannie's work has focused on the use of statistical models to measure the impacts of social programs on individual and group outcomes. She has conducted quantitative research design and analyses in the areas of K-12 and post-secondary education, labor training, youth development and welfare reform.
Fannie was previously a Research and Evaluation Program Officer for the K-12 Education sector at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At the Gates Foundation, Fannie developed and managed quantitative research studies for evaluation research projects and designed analytical strategies for measuring implementation and progress. Prior to working at the Gates Foundation, Fannie was a principal quantitative research analyst for Berkeley Policy Associates (BPA), a policy evaluation consulting firm in Oakland. As an principal research analyst, Fannie worked on impact and implementation evaluation projects for clients such as the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and the states of Colorado and Louisiana.
Fannie has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Brown University.
Join Our Team
Looking for career opportunities? Combining deep industry knowledge with specialist functional capabilities, our consulting professionals provide services across technology competencies. They bring strategic thinking, innovative approaches, and the ability to create real change to organizations around the world. We’re currently looking for talent to fill the following roles in the Seattle area:
Technology Executives - Consultative approach, large team experience
Senior Technology Architects - System thinkers, transformative applications
Developers - Creating quality, getting things done