TIANA ROGERS, Ph.D.
Manager, Policy Innovation
Tiana N. Rogers, PhD currently serves as Program Manager for Sorenson Impact Center’s Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team. She works on a variety of portfolios using data to inform government and not-for-profit entities with capacity building in the areas of child welfare and social services. Dr. Rogers also oversees the center’s Policy Fellows.
Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Rogers was a Child Protection Supervisor for Hennepin County–the largest and most diverse county in Minnesota, where she supported evidenced-based practices to reduce barriers to social services. Concurrently, Dr. Rogers also completed 10 years as the Founder/Executive Director of The Diamonds & Pearls Project: a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based not-for-profit that provided free prom gowns and accessories for high school students. In exchange for prom attire, students were only expected to provide non-perishable food items for donation to local no-hassle youth food shelves. Her career has focused on conducting research and serving as a field expert in the areas of homelessness, child welfare & maltreatment, juvenile justice, public policy, and racial disparities. In addition to being a published author with teaching experience, Dr. Rogers has also consulted with national and international social service organizations on program evaluation and development.
Dr. Rogers holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; dual M.A. degrees in Criminal Justice and Human Service Leadership from Concordia University-St. Paul, and a Ph.D. degree in Human Services with a Social & Community Services Specialization from Capella University.