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Moxie Research provides program evaluation and consulting for arts, cultural, STEM and educational organizations. Through evaluation, Moxie Research provides support and coaching to organizations to build capacity and increase effectiveness. Moxie Research works on large-and small-scale projects to identify and address questions that lead to effective programs and experiences. Moxie’s work with clients frequently leads to multiple projects with them, creating deep and rich working relationships.


Patti Saraniero, EdD is principal of Moxie Research.  A career non-profit professional, Dr. Saraniero has worked in and with large and small arts organizations.  She ran the education programs at La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre and worked as a stage manager off-Broadway and at a number of regional theatres around the country.   She teaches in the Non-Profit Leadership and Management graduate program at University of San Diego and in the graduate theatre program at University of California San Diego.  Dr. Saraniero currently serves as board president of the San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools.


Recent Clients Include


ArtsEdge at John F. Kennedy Center

for the Performing Arts


Balboa Park Cultural Partnership


The Barnes Foundation


California County Superintendents Educational

Services Association (CCSESA)


Geffen Playhouse


Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts for All


Mingei International Museum


New Children’s Museum


The Old Globe Theatre


OPERA America


The Phillips Collection


San Diego State University's Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education


Turnaround Arts, an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities


Young Audiences San Diego


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