Tiana N. Rogers, PhD currently serves as Program Manager for Sorenson Impact Center’s Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team. 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. Since its inception, her organization has provided over 1,000 prom dresses to students belonging to families that otherwise could not afford them. In exchange for prom attire, students were only expected to provide non-perishable food items for donation to local no-hassle youth food shelves.
Dr. Rogers is passionate about connecting research to practice in real and tangible ways to affect positive change within disenfranchised communities. 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. She also has proficiency assisting government and not-for-profit entities internationally with capacity building in the areas of child welfare and social services. In addition to being a published author with teaching experience, Dr. Rogers has also consulted with various 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.