A field-tested humanitarian and development aid professional, I have expertise in grant acquisition, program design, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communications. Working for some of the largest international non-profits, I secured over $10 million in grant acquisition (institutional and private), led strategic and contextual program design, strategized donor and partner positioning, and wrote effective communications including social media, advocacy, and donor reporting. I led teams, served on senior management committees, and supported programming in complex conflict and development contexts.
Key donors and/or policy makers that I have worked with include the European Commission (EuropeAid and ECHO), UNICEF, UN Women, UNOCHA, International Labor Organization, USAID / USAID contractors, OFDA, multi-donor trust funds, and others. Core sectors of knowledge include maternal, newborn, and child health/ nutrition, migration and anti-trafficking, child protection, community based water, sanitation, and hygiene systems and behavior change (including menstrual hygiene management), emergency relief, local partner empowerment, and skills based livelihoods. My field experience has focused primarily on Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar (Burma), but I have also worked on projects in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. I also have experience in private sector partnering initiatives for the non-profit sector. I led the establishment of an innovative in-country private sector partnership between my organization and Grab (Asia’s largest car ride sharing application, similar to Uber), in order to train taxi drivers on the signs of trafficking and distribute IEC materials through Grab taxis. This program helped lead to the recognition of at least one known trafficking case, and successful rescue and rehabilitation of these trafficking survivors.
I hold a MA in International Development from the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies, a BBA in Finance and Economics from Baylor University, and served as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. I have lived in the U.S., France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Myanmar (Burma). I have also spent time in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Previous employers in the non-profit sector include World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, and Catholic Charities. I speak native English (British and American), intermediate French, and basic Burmese.