Director of Monitoring and Evaluation
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Emily is an experienced monitoring and evaluation practitioner with an aptitude for developing evaluation frameworks and performance monitoring data systems  for non-profit organizations in the international development and education sectors. She spent the first decade of her career in Cape Town, South Africa, working in non-profit management, fundraising, and performance monitoring. Her experience spans across multiple areas within the NGO/NPO sector, including human rights, refugees and immigrants, financial inclusion, economic development and policy reform, youth empowerment, and education. Her work has taken her to many countries across sub-Saharan Africa.  

As an advocate of useful, participatory approaches to evaluation, Emily enjoys assisting organizations in reaching their goals. At Achieve, Emily works collaboratively with program teams to develop program theory and measurement frameworks, identify sources of performance data, and develop processes for data collection and tracking. She has led the development of data management systems to track and store Achieve’s organizational data, and supported staff at all levels of the organization to utilize data.

Emily has a bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in monitoring and evaluation methods from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, playing ultimate frisbee, and spending time with her young son.

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