Katherine Evans will be the first woman to lead an NBA franchise's research or analytics department when she joins the Wizards.
Evans will oversee Monumental Basketball's research department, which supports the Wizards, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, the G League's Capital City Go-Go, and Wizards District Gaming, according to the company's announcement on Friday.
She has been promoted to vice president of research and information systems.
“Dr. Evans is an exceptional talent with a true passion for the game of basketball, and he is widely respected within the league and academic circles,” Sashi Brown, Monumental Basketball's chief planning and operations officer, said.
“She brings fresh perspectives and approaches, and she will be an excellent leader of our research department, which is tasked with identifying competitive advantages for all of our athletes and our athlete care and performance team.”
Evans was previously the Toronto Raptors' director of strategic research.
She oversaw data sources for a draught prospects database and assisted in the analysis and development of methods and models for player evaluation and on-court strategy.
“I'm excited to contribute to all of the Monumental Basketball teams and help them expand their analytics capabilities,” Evans said.
Evans holds a Ph.D. in biostatistics from Harvard.
She worked as a data scientist for Verily Life Sciences for two years.