Tracy Hilliard, PhD, MPH 
Senior Consultant
ORS Impact

Tracy Hilliard has over 15 years of leadership experience in community-based research and evaluation, systems improvement, program and policy development, and strategic planning for equity in public health and social services. She currently is a senior consultant at ORS Impact, a Seattle-based consulting firm that specializes in strategies for measurement and evaluation. She also is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington (UW) Department of Psychosocial and Community Health.

Dr. Hilliard received all of her graduate and undergraduate degrees from UW: a PhD in health services research, an MPH in maternal and child health, and a BA with distinction in sociology. She was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort for the Annie E. Casey Foundation Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Program that was launched in 2016. The LEEAD Program aims to develop leaders at the doctorate level who will contribute to better science and social innovation for evaluation to advance the field and improve life outcomes of children, families, and communities through a commitment to equity and social justice.

Dr. Hilliard has held several leadership positions over the course of her career.
  • She was the Director of the City of Seattle Human Services Department. In this position, she led strategies and innovation regarding the use of data and technology to advance the social and health services delivery system for Seattle’s most vulnerable residents. She also led the implementation of a new data-driven strategic plan for monitoring and evaluation to achieve improved outcomes among persons who were served by the department’s investments in more than 200 social and health services agencies. 
  • She was commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as a Public Health Systems and Services Consultant. RWJF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention applied her health systems program and policy recommendations in their decision-making. She published an article on this project in a special supplement of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • She was the Project Director and Principal Investigator at Public Health-Seattle & King County. In this position, RWJF awarded her a $100,000 Public Health Practice-Based Research Network grant to lead a project to determine the capacity of local health departments in Washington State in addressing health disparities and workforce diversity after recent budget cuts in the state. 
  • She was a Program Evaluation Consultant to the Group Health Research Institute, Center for Community Health & Evaluation. In this position, she analyzed proposals submitted by community-based organizations in low-income communities to improve programs that were designed to reduce health disparities. 
Dr. Hilliard is extremely passionate about community service activities to encourage students of color to pursue higher education, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. She has an extensive history of commitment to leadership and service through her past and current membership on several professional and community organizations.
  • Chair of the Health Informatics and Information Technology Section, American Public Health Association 
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Links, Inc. 
  • Previous member of the Advisory Board of the AcademyHealth Disparities Interest Group (the largest professional organization for health services researchers in the United States) 
  • Alumna of Leadership Tomorrow