Polina Makievsky is the senior vice president of knowledge, leadership, and innovation for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. In this role, she manages the organization’s portfolio of leadership development, knowledge management, program replication, and evaluation services designed to help member organizations strengthen their capacity to achieve their missions. She joined the Alliance in April 2010 as COO.
Previously, Makievsky was director of programs at Alliance member La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At La Casa, she managed multiple programs and departments, including services for children, youth, and families; the workforce development and financial stability program; outpatient mental health services and an alcohol and other drugs abuse clinic; senior housing program; and the fitness center.
Prior to joining La Casa, Makievsky worked in Washington, D.C., as director of model programs for the Points of Light Foundation. She also worked as a policy analyst for the Family Strengthening Policy Center, which operates in collaboration with the National Human Services Assembly and National Collaboration for Youth.
Makievsky also served a Women’s Research and Education Institute Congressional Fellowship with the office of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). Prior to that, she spent four years in the capital city of the Republic of Georgia, as part of work with Project Harmony, headquartered in Waitsfield, Vermont.
She was selected as a member of Independent Sector's American Express 2014 NGen Fellows cohort. Makievsky earned a master’s in public policy from Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies in Baltimore. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, for undergraduate studies.