Lovely A. Dhillon, J.D.
Lovely Dhillon, JD, is the CEO and founder of Jodevi Consulting. Lovely is a leader in the social impact arena with more than two decades of experience in philanthropy, nonprofits, law, and social entrepreneurship.
Prior to founding Jodevi, Lovely was the Vice President of ORS Impact, an evaluation firm. There, Lovely conceptualized, developed, and launched the Strategic Planning business line and created the strategy for the firm’s work with businesses with social impact including in the area of corporate social responsibility/social enterprise.
Lovely has been the lead consultant for clients including: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, (Communications and Strategic Media Partnerships teams); Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (global women rights advocacy and legal NGO); Define American (national media and culture campaign on immigration and identity); Policy Link, Convergence Partners (national collaboration of philanthropies with regional and national programs); and Ascension Health (US based health organization providing $1.3 billion in services across 23 states).
Lovely was the first Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning and Management, Advocacy and Policy for the U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation leading portfolio management, alignment, and measurement. Lovely managed a $90 million grant and contract portfolio at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Lovely has also served as President and CEO of several advocacy nonprofits including the Law School Consortium Project, a national nonprofit working toward equal access to justice, which was awarded the prestigious Louis Brown Award by the American Bar Association for innovation in legal access. Lovely was also the Executive Director of the California Minority Counsel Program, a California-wide collaboration of corporations, law firms, and bar associations.
Lovely’s volunteer work includes serving as the 2014 Conference Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference, which convened 2,500 measurement and evaluation professionals. Lovely is the Founder of Seattle’s Network of Women and co-Founder of Indus Women Leaders. She is currently co-editing a book on visionary evaluation for a sustainable, equitable future.
Lovely holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University.
Q&A with Lovely Dhillon
What do you think the ACT Foundation can really do?
The ACT Foundation is poised to bring a new conversation to the national education dialogue. The ACT Foundation introduces in some sectors and amplifies in others the concept of working learners and innovation, allowing a new learning economy to move our country forward.
How is this new conversation different?
The ACT Foundation is inextricably linked to ACT, allowing the ACT Foundation to build on decades of successful work and data, rooted in equity, about what makes learners successful. In the same way that E.F. Lindquist enriched the education world by founding ACT, to focus on practical knowledge rather than cognitive reasoning, the ACT Foundation is transforming learning and its link to our evolving national economy.
What really excites you about this journey with the ACT Foundation?
Our changing economy and global nature of work has formed new realities for kids today, not only in the availability of technology and tools, but also in the challenges they face to achieve the American Dream. As the world continues to shift and create challenges and opportunities within our economic and education systems, the education reform dialogue is ripe for innovation and different ways of looking at learning. The ACT Foundation is ready to lead this agenda to transform learning through the perspectives of equity, innovation, and economic development.