Leslie Goodyear, an internationally recognized expert in evaluation and EDC distinguished scholar, is a past president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She has deep expertise in qualitative inquiry, evaluation ethics, culturally responsive evaluation, evaluation storytelling and other methods of sharing findings, evaluating out-of-school and informal STEM education programs, and building communities of practice.

Goodyear leads evaluations, facilitates evaluation capacity building, and is an evaluation adviser for clients and colleagues. She is deeply committed to deepening understanding of effective approaches to fostering equity and access in STEM education and is a co-principal investigator of the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub.

Previously, as a National Science Foundation (NSF) program officer, Goodyear helped build organizational evaluation capacity and was a commissioner of evaluations. She has served as the Ethics Section editor and associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation and has been an AEA board member and chair of its Ethics Committee.

Goodyear holds a PhD and MS in Program Evaluation and Planning from Cornell University and a BA in Developmental Psychology from Macalester College.