Diane Gavarkavich

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Director of Research Services


Diane serves as the director of research services at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. Diane manages survey, program evaluation, and needs assessment work as well as serves as the primary grant and proposal writer. Her research interests include data-informed decision-making and the social determinants of health.  Prior to graduate school, Diane was an algebra teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.


Diane holds her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from UNC Chapel Hill, graduate certificates in Middle Grade Mathematics from UNC Charlotte and Nonprofit Management from UNC Chapel Hill, and her bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Human and Organizational Development and Medicine, Health and Society.


Diane has five-plus years of experience in program evaluation and applied research focusing on public health and education issues.