Brandi Jean “Nālani” Balutski is from Kahaluʻu, Oʻahu and is the Research & Assessment Specialist for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and Native Hawaiian Student Services. In this role, she designs and implements critical original research on Native Hawaiian higher educational access and success. She is also responsible for coordinating program evaluation and academic assessment efforts for the college’s degree programs as well as external and co-curricular programming. She has a bachelorʻs degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s degree in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research interests centers around critical race theory, indigenous student success, institutional research, and indigenous evaluation. She is a past Vice President of the Hawaiʻi-Pacific Evaluation Association (H-PEA), a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. She has co-authored two book chapters, and presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.