Melissa Kovacs is the Associate Director for Research at ASU's Morrison Institute of Public Policy, and also the principal and founder of FirstEval, LLC, a data analytics and statistical consulting firm. Her consulting clients include marketing firms and attorneys. Previously, she was the research director for Maricopa County’s (AZ) Justice System Planning and Information department, where she oversaw numerous research and evaluation projects of the criminal justice system and the intersection of health and justice. She also held an evaluation position with Cisco Systems in Corporate Social Responsibility, and has held faculty positions at Arizona State University in the Schools of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Allegheny College, and a Fulbright professorship at the Universität Duisburg-Essen in Germany. She is the former secretary of the board of the Human Services Campus and provides data analytic support for their efforts towards single adults experiencing homelessness. She was formerly part of Maricopa Association of Government’s Continuum of Care Performance Standards and Data Quality workgroup, examining data quality for the Continuum as a whole. She also holds a board position on the Arizona Violent Death Reporting System Advisory Board and volunteers for the Phoenix chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Ph.D. Policy Studies, University of Maryland, College Park