Dr. Rita Menendez is the Research Manager at Q-Q Research Consultants and has served as both an external and internal evaluator working with varying public and private agencies over the past 17 years. Dr. Menendez attained her master’s degree in elementary bilingual education at Hunter College in New York City. Branching out from the field of bilingual education she became involved in acquiring her PhD at the University of Miami in Florida in the areas of ESOL, reading, and technology. Dr. Menendez has focused on a variety of research populations ranging in ages from early childhood through adulthood. She has also worked in a variety of contexts, with a recent emphasis in higher education. Her work is centered within Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) and how human activity can be organized based on the central tenets of this socio-cultural theory. Additionally, her interests include how to best shape programmatic evaluations to successfully interpret and report on grant outcomes using a wide variety of research methods. Possessing a strong mindset toward the importance of stakeholder input, Dr. Menendez believes in collaborating closely with staff, consultants, and clients to produce a successful product.