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Taryn Roch - Participant

Taryn Roch supports community based organizations in using data to inform and improve their work, and leads LISC Chicago in evaluating organizational impact. To this new position she brings a wealth of experience in connecting disadvantaged populations to opportunity – from supporting the design of programs for a community development corporation in the South Bronx, to leading the creation of a project-based charter school in Milwaukee, to managing a field study regarding hunger at over 400 emergency food providers. Taryn strengthens the data and evaluation capacity of community based organizations while working to ensure that these organizations and their constituents are not left behind as technology moves ever forward.

Taryn served as Lead Project Director for Metro Chicago Information Center, a data and information intermediary, supporting clients like Chicago Housing Authority, the City of Chicago, the MacArthur Foundation, and the United Way.  Prior to joining LISC Chicago, Taryn managed research and evaluation at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the food bank serving Cook County. 

Roch has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Drew University, a master’s in Middle East Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a master’s in urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



LISC Chicago


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