Jill Bennett Iman
Jill Bennett ImanManaging Director/Director of Research and Evaluation

Jill Iman, Ph.D.

Jill Iman has an extensive background in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, as well as planning and engagement. She has over 12 years of experience designing, implementing and analyzing multifaceted and complex projects. At Joining Vision and Action, Jill manages and collaborates on multiple projects, including outcome and process evaluations; business, communications and strategic planning; community assessment; and feasibility research.

Jill is an analytical idealist, driven to make the world better by finding the intersection between data and practice. Her focus is on making data meaningful and equitable, with the goal of identifying implications for strategy and implementation. As managing director, Jill also provides support on all business development and client management services, and facilitates organizational strategy and operations.

JVA Experience

While at JVA, Jill has completed short- and long-term projects designed to help social changemakers inform their decision-making, improve their services and leverage/strengthen capacity. Ultimately, she enables them to be more effective, spurred by a shared desire to make the world a better place.

The following is a sample of Jill’s recent engagements:

  • Denver Department of Human Services: Jill led the community needs assessment phase for Denver’s two-generation initiative—a mixed-methods research effort designed to better understand the needs, strengths and gaps in the Denver system of care for kin families.
  • Colorado Health Foundation and Rose Community Foundation: Jill planned and implemented the research process to inform the creation of a health literacy hub in Colorado. Methods included stakeholder interviews, a statewide survey and a national landscape scan.
  • Denver Indian Center, Inc. (DICI): As the local evaluator for DICI’s five-year, federally funded Honoring Fatherhood Program, Jill conducts the ongoing outcome and process evaluation, identifying areas of impact and strategic program areas for change.
  • Denver Department of Human Services, Jefferson County Department of Human Services, Arapahoe County Department of Human Services: Jill designed and managed three simultaneous countywide community needs assessments using mixed methods to identify areas of need and areas of strength for services and resources for lower-income residents. Findings were used to inform decisions related to allocation of Community Services Block Grant funding.
  • The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities: Jill managed the development and implementation of an evaluation of the impact of a national effort across 10 organizations to incorporate Second Act talent (aka encore talent) into nonprofit workforces. Feedback was used to identify areas of impact on organizations and communities, as well as to identify promising practices for future scalability and sustainability.
  • Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA): Jill led and managed a yearlong strategic planning process for EFAA—incorporating community engagement practices, business and capacity planning, as well as short- and long-term strategies development.
  • Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA): Jill designed and led a process to engage diverse voices across the county to inform the BCAAA’s future focus through a survey, a series of meetings, and the facilitation of a day-long summit. Conversations were focused on identifying potential areas for improvement and suggested solutions to create systems change, ultimately supporting the development of a more age-friendly community.

Jill has also been the lead and collaborated on evaluation and planning projects with GRID Alternatives Colorado, Lotus Network, Asian Pacific Development Center, Denver Office on Aging, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, the League of Women Voters of Colorado, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Piton Foundation, Boomers Leading Change, NextFifty Initiative and Colorado Public Television, among others. Before coming to JVA, Jill worked on policy issues for a U.S. senator.


Jill received her M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Her B.A. is from Colorado College.

Community Involvement

Jill and her family are excited to have recently moved back to Denver. Jill’s volunteer work has included tutoring and work with food banks and substance abuse treatment centers.

Fun Fact

When she’s not working, Jill spends her time trying to keep up with her young daughter, as well as traveling and wandering around Denver neighborhoods with her dog, Jackson.