Greta Colombi is a principal researcher at AIR with 15 years of experience in program monitoring and reporting, technical assistance, and research in both the education and the health and human services fields. Colombi is currently the deputy director of the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments. In addition to helping to manage the Center, as task leader of website development and resource management, she is responsible for developing and updating the Center’s online resources and identifying and vetting experts utilized for Center and grantee activities. As part of the U.S. Department of Education's and U.S. Department of Justice's Supportive Schools Discipline Initiative, Colombi is leading the launch of communities of practice for education and judicial leaders to develop alternatives to exclusionary school discipline policies and practices.
Colombi has provided a variety of training and technical assistance at AIR - including outcome-focused workshops, conferences, webinars and online training courses - to a range of programs and administrators. Her work has focused on empowering health-and-human-service and education programs to use evidence-based practices and outcome-based, data-driven decision making in order to maximize their impact on their clients and students. This has involved the development of many user friendly databases and processes to manage data, resources and experts.
Prior to joining AIR, Colombi conducted city- and metro-area-wide community assessments, provided outcome measurement training and technical assistance, and prepared and led an effort to develop a performance-based reporting system designed to empower programs funded by United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) to achieve measurable outcomes and communicate impact.
M.A., Social Science, University of Chicago; B.S., Psychology and Urban Studies, University of Pittsburgh