Ata is of Samoan descent with her research interests being Pasifika social research, Pasifika evaluation methodologies and Pasifika youth. She is a seasoned research and evaluation analyst with over a decade of diverse professional experience in the field. Ata holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and an MA in Sociology from the University of Auckland. Ata is currently the Senior Analyst in Evaluation and Research with the Ministry of Pacific Peoples.