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Executive
Work Experience

2022 - Present

CHIEF

  • Attend sessions in optimizing leadership

  • Participate in problem-solving for Women Executive Leaders

  • Support peers across industries, roles, and functions

  • Hone technical and EQI skill sets

2022-2023

President and CEO 
Horizon Empowers

  • Led Strategic Plan Development with Staff and Board

  • Evolved model to align to Strategic Plan 

  • Identified and executed strategic organizational re-alignment. 

  • Increased impact by 50% within 12 months

  • Re-branded organization 

  • Developed and executed revenue growth strategy. 

2017-2021

SVP, Business Development and Program Design  
VP, Program Effectiveness
Senior Director, Program Effectiveness
Heifer International

  • Progressive professional growth in program effectiveness, design, and new business development 

  • Integrated Programs, Monitoring, Research and Evaluation, Knowledge Managment, and New Business Development to ensure transparency in data and evidence, robust analytics and adaptative management to donor, partners, and proposal submissions.   

  • Part of CEO Cabinet driving for organizational strategy, partnership development and thought leadership 

2015-2016

Managing Director 
Agricultural Cooperative Development International 

  • Managed $34.4M Ghana Agricultural and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) Cooperative Agreement from USAID

  • Managed $23.9 Zambia Production, Finance, and Improved Technology Plus Cost Plus Fixed Fee completion Task Order from USAID

  • Direct supervision of Chiefs of Party and integration across central office departments for reporting, impacts, reputational risk, and compliance

  • Successfully submitted $117.4M in proposals.

2012-2014

Vice-President, Operations 
Chief of Party Uganda - USDA 
National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA)

  • Manage $230M USD portfolio in 14 countries including 20 programs across Africa, Asia and Latin America.  

  • Develop and operationalize all standardized operating systems globally. 

  • Directly supervise all regional directors, program managers, and monitoring and evaluation team.

  • Executed successful $8.4M conservation farming initiative for 60,000 smallholder farmers managing 32 national staff. 

  • Recruited, hired and managed 32 local country staff to implement the project.

  • Developed on-line cloud-based monitoring system to track all impacts and use as a learning tool for both internal project management and partners. 

  • Activities strengthened the entire value chain including access to innovative blended finance opportunities for participants. 

2002-2012

Chief of Party Tanzania - USDA
Chief of Party Malawi - Global Development Alliance
Deputy Chief of Party Colombia - Alternative Development 
Land O'Lakes - Ventures37

  • Successfully executed $8.1M dairy development project with 26 staff in Tanzania a $5M dairy development project with 16 staff in Malawi by matching the USAID funds 1:2, and a $8.5M alternative development project with 15 staff in Colombia.  

  • Executed local grants programs to execute through local partners.

  • Implemented through 14 local private sector input supplier businesses in Malawi, in feed manufacturing, veterinary services, and pharmaceuticals, cattle breeding, and small-scale accounting services.  

  • Developed partnerships with local private sector, local and international non-profits, government and universities to multiply impact results. 

Education

2000-2001

The School for International Training
Brattleboro, VT 

MA in Intercultural Management

1993-1997

Central College
Pella Iowa
BA in International Studies

Top Skills & Expertise

Country Expertise

  • Strategic Planning

  • Strategic Management

  • Business Growth Strategies

  • Financial Analysis

  • Impact and Analytics Driven Approaches

  • Brand Profile Enhancement

Americas

Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Suriname, United States, Canada

Africa

Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda

Asia

Nepal, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh, East Timor

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