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About Us

Ruth Sando, Ph.D., Principal


Ruth started her corporate career working in some of the largest companies in the financial services industry before forming Sando and Associates in 2003. Her years in that industry led to hands-on expertise in applying innovative research methods to high-impact problems. Her experience in problem-solving, innovation, work processes, organizational change, program evaluation and strategy development continues to inform her work with clients.

She also led professional teams carrying out technical assistance projects funded by USAID and World Bank contracts. From 1992 to 1997 she worked in Poland, Hungary, Russia, China and Greece on housing finance reform.

Ruth holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii, focused on China and economic development. From 2000 to 2006, she was an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she taught qualitative research methods in the School of Public Policy.

From 2010 - 2011 she was the president of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists, and continues to serve on its board. She is also on the board the DC chapter of QRCA (Qualitative Research Consultants Association) and is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the American Anthropological Association. She is also a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Affiliated Partners


Sando and Associates works with affiliates around the country that provide a range of expertise, including video specialists, social scientists, designers, experienced organizational change agents, and others. Since 1999, we have been affiliated with Barbara Perry Associates on numerous projects in a variety of industries.