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Daniel Sturm
3022 Christopher Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21214
E-mail: Sturmstories AT gmail DOT com

Daniel Sturm is a senior researcher, M&E expert, and humanitarian aid professional. With a deep background in evaluation, presenting, publishing, proposal development, policy research, higher education, and technical assistance, Mr. Sturm has contributed to empowering marginalized populations and raising organizational excellence. People skills, data analysis, writing and research savviness make him an asset to any organization attempting to raise its profile and increase program effectiveness. Mr. Sturm has overseen federal, private, and nonprofit programs, with international supervisory experience in the U.S. and in Germany. Mr. Sturm serves as the Vice President for Learning, Measurement and Evaluation at the Maryland Food Bank. He is a member of the Urban Institute’s Measure4Change Advisory Council.



Vice President for Learning, Measurement and Evaluation, Maryland Food Bank, 03/2021 Current (Baltimore, MD)

  • Leadership—Served as the primary point person to accelerate the organization’s growth in measurement, learning, and evaluation. Advanced Food Emergency Early Warning System research and Social Return-On-Investment analysis. Member on the Urban Institute’s Project Measure4Change Advisory Council.
  • Evaluation—Developed needs assessments, impact analyses, logic models and evaluation plans for flagship programs and pilots. Guided indicator management for data-driven hunger relief programming. Examples include the Maryland Hunger Map to visualize impacts on food security, housing stability, and employment. An inter-agency Food Emergency Early Warning System, and three published research reports on “Food Insecurity in Maryland” (July 2022), A Research Guide to Child Food Insufficiency” (March 2022) and Do Pandemic Benefits Decrease Demand for Charitable Food?” (November 2021).
  • Learning—Improved organization-wide data analytics knowhow and trend analyses through new dashboards, community of practice exchanges and best practices collection. Led the development of a new interactive Learning Platform, a 12-month series of M&E workshop event, a landscape assessment for a new  Workforce Development Pilot program. Developed M&E learning guides and organized a food bank innovation speaker series .

Director of Research and Impact Analysis, United Way of Central Maryland , September 2019 -Present (Baltimore, MD)

  • Program Development and Evaluation—Provided research support for development of new and ongoing improvement of current programs; Reviewed and summarized research on best-practices, emerging national models and innovative new programs; Presented analysis/research summaries through white papers and presentations to leadership; Informed ongoing program development, strategic planning and investment decisions.
  • Survey Analysis and Needs Assessments Continuously monitored research, promising practices and practitioner resources relevant to direct service work, and assessed client and community needs. Examples included a zip-code level analysis of food assistance needs, and an impact survey designed to assess the socioeconomic and organizational impacts of the pandemic (148 nonprofit groups participated in the survey).
  • Policy Research & Legislation—Developed a legislative proposal, “Power to People with Critical Medical Needs,” which enables 211 MD United Way Helpline to refer more people for energy assistance.
  • Return on Investment Analysis—Completed ROI analysis of United Way’s Homelessness Prevention Program , its 2-1-1 Helpline and Neighborhood Zone Family Center for parenting teens.
  • Grant Seeking Support & Grant Development—Provided research support about innovative funding models and their requirements; Researched new grant opportunities with an emphasis on state and federal grants; Provided research and writing support for grant proposals, in areas such as: the development of a statement of need; and best-practices research to support programmatic approaches.


Research & Evaluation Manager, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 03/2010 - 08/2019 (Washington, D.C.)

  • Leadership Senior Management Team member. Established successful national community- and faith-based volunteer program (POWR), secured $5.5M in funding, elevated learnings across a network of 70+ local affiliates.
  •  Monitoring and Evaluation Developed a statistical tool, Resettlement Indicators and Performance Evaluation to capture newcomer integration and program performance outcomes across all major grants.
  •  Proposal Writing and Grant Reporting – Contributed content to several successful multi-million-dollar proposals with DOS, ACF/HHS, as well as privately-funded projects. Regular reporting on multiple grants and initiatives.
  • Research, Publications, Learning – Developed research collaborations with social scientists, edited a community of practice to track relevant research. Lead organizer of 14 successful national immigration conferences with personal participation in more than 115 webinars, US congressional briefings, and conference workshops.


Consultancy: Headquarters MEAL Officer, International Orthodox Christian Charities (Baltimore, MD),  March-June 2018

  • Results Framework Developed an agencywide results framework to measure progress against global indicators, as well as faith-based and project-specific data points.
  • Proposal Writing and Grant Reporting – Contributed content to several successful multi-million-dollar proposals with USAID, OFDA, OCHA, DKH, UNICEF. Regular M&E report contributions.
  • Evaluation Managed external evaluation of USG-funded project, “Relief for Hearing Impaired and Disabled Syrian Refugees in Jordan.” Coordinated external and internal evaluations (Jordan, Ethiopia, Greece), developed Terms of Reference with contractors, provided MEAL guidance, published recommendations and donor reports.
  • Learning Library – Developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Learning Library that provides access to hands-on learning materials for humanitarian aid workers, with the goal of maximizing the positive impact of relief work.    
  • Beneficiary Impact – Completed a 2017 beneficiary study to capture the reach and impact of IOCC’s humanitarian aid work across 15 country operations.

DHHS-ORR National Consultant, Lutheran Immigration an Refugee Service, RefugeeWorks, 2007-2010  (Baltimore, MD)

  • Monitoring and Evaluation—Developed systems to measure self-sufficiency outcomes for CBOs.
  • National Publications – Managed the production of RefugeeWorks (renamed Higher Advantage) nationally circulated publications, including a quarterly newsletter, website, electronic listserv, and white paper series.
  • Research – Researched immigrant employment and recertification solutions and disseminated best practices among voluntary agencies, ethnic community groups and employers.
  • Education – Provided individual technical assistance to refugees, political asylees and other immigrants, as well as human service organizations, job developers, employers, NGOs, and government partners. Collaborated with the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement on technical assistance and curriculum development projects.
  • Proposal Development – Developed proposals for grants and projects, including federal and private donors.

Journalism Professor, Department of English, Youngstown State University, 2004-2007 (Youngstown, Ohio)

  • Adult Education – Taught Professional Writing and Editing, Feature Writing, News Writing and Selected Topics in Journalism. Served on faculty committees and as an advisor for student senior projects for journalism majors.
  • Mentoring – Faculty advisor for the student newspaper, The Jambar, the student poetry journal, The Penguin Review and the YSU student yearbook, Neon. Managed student staff for university publications.
  • Writing – Advised students in developing portfolios, publishing websites, preparing stories and senior projects.

Prisoner Advocacy Coordinator and Nonprofit Board Member, 2004- 2007

  • Community Organizing – Worked with renowned civil rights advocates/lawyers Staughton and sAlice Lynd and numerous regional grassroots groups, such as the Youngstown Prison Forum, Catholic prison chaplains and ACLU-Ohio, to help coordinate a Northeast Ohio grassroots initiative for prison reform.
  • Communications – Established a popular regional listserv and website for prisoner advocacy ( 

Staff Writer, Lansing City Pulse , 2002-04

Internet Researcher and Managing Editor,Media Tenor International (Bonn and Leipzig, Germany), 2000-02

  • Research – Employed as a social science and media analysis senior researcher and assistant director.
  • Networking & Conference Planning – Networked with scholars in Germany, the U.S. and South Africa and managed a $2.5 million annual budget and research staff of 25.
  • Data Analysis – Conducted quantitative analysis and wrote regular reports for state and corporate clients (such as the City of Leipzig, Daimler Benz and the Green Party).
  • Publishing & Presenting – Served as managing editor for Media Tenor’s weekly e-newsletter and monthly print journal, offering continuous Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). 

Staff Writer, Regional and National Media (Tübingen, Leipzig, Bonn-Germany), 1997-2002

  • News Writing – Worked for German regional and national media, including national daily newspapers such as Die Welt, Berliner Zeitung, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Saarbrücker Zeitung and Südkurier. Chief reporter for Kreuzer : The Leipzig City Magazine. 
  • Investigative Journalism – Specialized on in-depth investigative journalism, concentrating on hard-hitting topics such as immigration, labor, local politics, business scandals and social inequality.

Multi-Media Publishing Training Fellowship,Haus Busch , Hagen, Germany.

M.A. in German Literature and Linguistics (Minor in Anthropology of Religion), University of Tübingen  s
ournalism Training Fellowship, Institut zur Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses, Munich.
German B.A. (Abitur), Nellenburg-Gymnasium , Stockach, Germany.

2022. Daniel Sturm. “Food Insecurity in Maryland.” Maryland Food Bank Research Report, July 2022.

2022. Daniel Sturm.A Research Guide to Child Food Insufficiency.” Maryland Food Bank Rsesearch Report. March 2022.

2021. Daniel Sturm. “Do Pandemic Benefits Decrease Demand for Charitable Food?Maryland Food Bank Research Report. December 2021

2021. Daniel Sturm. “The Family Center at United Way’s Neighborhood Zone in Brooklyn Analysis of Benefits and Return on Investment.” Summary of ROI study. January 2021

2021. Daniel Sturm. Homelessness Prevention Return-On-Investment Study. United Way of Central Maryland, January 2021.

2020. Daniel Sturm. “The Effects of COVID-19 on Maryland Nonprofits and the Communities They Serve. United Way of Central Maryland. July 2020.

2020. Daniel Sturm. “Mental Health Impact of COVID-19.” United Way of Central Maryland.

2018. Daniel Sturm, Refugee Research Blog discussing research in international migration and resettlement.

2017. Daniel Sturm. Impact Evaluation of National Community Engagement Project. ROI and Social Impact. Welcoming America.

2017. Daniel Sturm. “Resettlement Indicators and Performance Evaluation.” Impact Evaluation. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services.

2017. Daniel Sturm. “Measuring Refugee Integration–The International Context.” In: OCHA’s Coordinated Assessment Support Section (CASS), Analytical Framework Review Report, 2017

2018. Refugee Research Blog discussing labor and migration research data and best pratices.
Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Post Newsletter. 2010-Current (45 Issues)
2010. Agricultural Jobs . - RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 32 (Spring 2010)
Job Developers 
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 31 (Winter 2009)
2008. Daniel Sturm, “A Difficult Adjustment: Iraqi Refugees Search for Work In Detroit.” Anthropology News, October Issue2008.

2009. Reinventing Yourself . - RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 30 (Fall 2009)
Finding Work in Hard Times
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 29 (Summer 2009)
Green Jobs
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 28 (Spring 2009)
Im Prozeß der Kultur. Essays, Perspektiven und Entwürfe
. Hamburg: Merus Verlag.
Hidden Jobs
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 27 (Winter 2008 )
Social Networking & Peer Mentoring
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 26 (Fall 2008 )
Healthcare Hotspots
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 25 (Summer 2008 )
Iraqi Refugees in Focus
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 24 (Spring 2008 )
Tackling Transportation
- RefugeeWorks Newsletter No. 23 (Winter 2007 )
Stadiongeschichten. Leipzig zwischen Turnfest, Traumarena und Olympia . Leipzig: Forum-Verlag
(with Cornelia Jeske and Grit Hartmann).
International Research Report
, Medien Tenor No. 97 - No. 110. Bonn/Leipzig: Media Tenor International.
Das Bild des Islam und des Buddhismus.
Eine empirische Untersuchung. ZfR-Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft. 04: 55-82.
1998-2017. An archive of my English-language publications is available at

Presenter,Completing the Results Chain: Theory of Change,” Maryland Food Bank Strategy Group, Oct. 17, 2022.
Presenter, “Learning from Neighbor Feedback: Data Collection Concepts,” MFB Hunger Action Symposium. Sept. 7, 2022.
Presenter, “Our Approach to Learning, Measurement and Evaluation,” MFB Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 25, 2022.
Presenter, “
Racism in the Drivers of Food Insecurity Dashboard.” Maryland Food Bank Brown Bag, Nov. 10, 2021.
Presenter, “The Maryland Hunger Map—Data Visualization of Food Hardship, Housing Instability, Unemployment, and Organizational Impact in ArcGIS.” MD Food Access Response Team Webinar, July 15, 2021.
Presenter, “
Our Work and How to Talk About ItLowering the Barriers for Low-Wage Earners: The Benefits Cliffs Study, United Way of Central Maryland, Learning Session #4, November 9, 2020
Presenter, “ALICE and the Benefits Cliff: The Challenges Facing Maryland’s Working Families.” Maryland Nonprofits and Maryland Philanthropy Network, Oct. 27, 2020.

Presenter, “
Our Work and How to Talk About ItResearch & Impact Analysis”, United Way of Central Maryland, Learning Session #1, August 13, 2020
Presenter, “Maximizing Volunteer Contributions,” Justice or Immigrants Conference, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dec. 6, 2018
Presenter, “Working Effectively with Volunteers,” for USCCB/MRS Webinar Series, Oct. 30, 2018.
Presenter, “Community Integration,” Catholic Charities USA Refugee AmeriCorps Conference, Sept. 28, 2018.
Presenter, “POWR Tactics ,” National Migration Week Webinar, USCCB, Sept. 4, 2018.
Presenter, “The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Policy,” International Orthodox Christian Charities, All-Staff Presentation, April 17, 2018
Presenter, “Our Approach to Ensuring Accountability to Affected Populations.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services. Webinar Presentation, Jan. 25, 2018.
Presenter, “Lessons Learned from the POWR Program – A USCCB/MRS National Volunteer Initiative ,” All-Staff Presentation, Feb. 20, 2018.
Presenter, “Welcoming New Americans through Parish Social Ministry.” CCUSA Webinar, Dec. 5, 2017. Presentation by Daniel Sturm, Research and Evaluation Manager, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.Webinar recording or slide show .
Presenter, “Engaging Parishes to Welcome Refugees and Immigrants,” Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering in Houston, Texas, Sept. 30, 2017.
Presenter, “Refugee Resettlement from A to Z,” Catholic Charities USA Refugee AmeriCorps Conference, Sept. 22, 2017.
Presenter, “Building and Sustaining Community Collaborations for Refugee Welcome,” Welcoming America Webinar, Sept. 12, 2017.
Presenter, “ Refugee Community Integration,” World Refugee Day Congressional Briefing, Catholic Charities USA, June 20, 2017
Presenter, “Amerika am Scheideweg: Migration zwischen Abschottung und Willkommenskultur,“ Panel Discussion, City of Freiburg/Carl-Schurz-Haus (Germany), April 12, 2017.
Presenter, “The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program” for Catholic Charities USA AmeriCorps Member Program Conference, Alexandria, Va., Sept. 23, 2016.
Presenter, “Increasing Refugees’ Social Capital Through Community Connections ,” for USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services webinar series, June 22, 2016.
Presenter, “ Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: How to Incorporate Parish Volunteers into Newcomer Integration Initiatives ,” Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) Webinar, March 31, 2016
Workshop presenter, “Using Parish Volunteers in Newcomer Integration Programming,” Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, January 23-26, 2016.
Presenter, “Community Contexts of Resettlement ,” for the Center for Forced Migration Studies’ Forum on “The United States Refugee Resettlement Program: A Global Model for Successful Humanitarian Response.” Northwestern University, Dec. 3, 2015.
Workshop presenter, “Telling a Compelling Client Success Story,” for Higher Advantage National Employment Training Institute in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2014.
Paper presenter, “Unlocking the Power of Volunteers,” for USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services’ National Migration Conference in Washington, DC, July 7-10, 2014.
Paper presenter, “Promising Practices in Refugee Employment: Research and Resources,” for Migration and Refugee Services’ National Migration Conference in Washington, DC, July 7-10, 2014.
Paper presenter, “Unlocking the Power of Volunteers: The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Program,” for the North American Refugee Healthcare Conference in Rochester, NY, June 20, 2014.
Webinar presenter, “ Unlocking the Power of Volunteers: The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees Program .” Catholic Charities USA Webinar Series, Aug. 27, 2013.
Webinar presenter, “Effective Communication” for USCCB/MRS Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) Grant Network, Sept. 26, 2012.
Webinar presenter, “Employment Resources and Strategies for Trafficking Survivors” for USCCB/MRS Human Trafficking Sub-Contractor Network, Feb. 3, 2011.
Workshop, “Computer-Assisted Employment Strategies/Resources,” for RefugeeWorks’ Employment Training Institute Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., September 14-18, 2009.
Webinar presenter, “Tackling Job Development in a Difficult Economy,” for IRC/Project Strengthening Organizations Assisting Refugees and Office of Refugee Resettlement Grantees, May 2009.
Paper presenter, “Green Jobs,” for RefugeeWorks’ Employment Training Institute Conference in San Jose, Calif., March 17-19, 2009.
Webinar presenter, “Tackling Transportation,” for Idaho Office of Refugees, Nov. 21, 2008.
Paper presenter, “Recertification for Refugees with Professional Background,” for USCCB/CLINIC National Migration Conference in Washington, D.C., July 28-31, 2008.
Paper presenter, “Healthcare Hotspots: Creating Career Pathways for Refugees,” for the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program Annual Conference Office in Phoenix, Ariz., April 1, 2008
Workshop, “Financial Literacy for Refugees,” World Relief Workshop in Chicago, Jan. 25, 2008.
Paper presenter, “Tackling Transportation,” for the North Carolina Refugee Conference, Atlantic Beach, N.C., Aug. 26-29, 2007.
Radio correspondence live from Palestine, WKBN Newsradio, Youngstown, Ohio, July 2006
Public conference on prison issues , June 10, 2006 at Youngstown State University.
Guest speaker at a public forum, “The Sacred and the Secular: A ‘clash about civilization’? Afterthoughts on the Politics of Danish (and other) Newspapers, ‘Cartoons’ of the Prophet, and World Events,” sponsored by Youngstown State University’s Department of Political Science, April 19, 2006.
Reporter-in-studio for a weekly radio news show on Impact 88.9 FM , East Lansing, Michigan, 2002-03.
Featured author at the Leipzig Book Fair’s televised roundtable discussion, for my co-authored book, Stadiongeschichten (Stadium Stories), April 2002.
Hosted media research workshop at the Media Tenor International Agenda Setting Conference, “Who is Influencing whom?,” Leipzig, Germany, Fall 2000.


Member of the Urban Institute’s Project Measure4Change Advisory Council, 2021-current.

Member of the National ALICE Research Advisory Committee (ALICE in Focus for Veterans), 2022.

sember of the International Rescue Committee’s Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project Working Group, helping NGOs improve capacity to collect meaningful data. 11/2016-2018.

Member of the Migration Policy Institute’s National Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Access to Adult Education and Workforce Training Services. May 2015-present.

Member of the Refugee Council USA ’s Post-Arrival Sub-Committee Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation. February 2016-present.

Provide individual job coaching to refugees from Iraq, Burma and Bhutan in Baltimore. 2008-12

Established a popular listserv and website for prisoner advocacy related work (, 2005.

Taught ESL classes through the University of Tübingen’s Department of Applied English Linguistics, 1997


1st Place, Media City Leipzig Award..
Multimedia Journalism Fellow,
Haus Busch
Three-year journalism fellowship,
Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen Nachwuches
, Munich.

American Evaluation Association

Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, Refugees & Forced Migration Hub
National Writer's Union / International Federation of Journalists
Institut zur Förderung Publizistischen Nachwuches , German Catholic Bishops Conference Alumni Organization
European Union Resettlement Practitioners Network

Expert knowledge of ArcGIS, MS Office, MS Excel, MS Teams, Qualtrics, STATA, SPSS, SurveyMonkey, Canvas, Tableau, Zoom, Adobe Dreamweaver, Acrobat DC, Acrobat Illustrator, Adobe Connect, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Kofax Power PDF, CVent, GoToMeeting, Google Classroom, G Suite, QuarkXPress, Relias LMS, Salesforce, SharePoint, Ultimate Software, WordPress.

German and English, fluent.
French, Italian and Latin, intermediate.
Spanish, Russian, basic.