President and CEO
Timothy seeks to accelerate economic development and empower local communities through his work at Making Cents. He has over 25 years of experience in coalition building, program management, local capacity development, and technical service delivery. Tim is an expert in financial inclusion, having managed both nation-wide financial sector development projects as well as programs focused on strengthening financial institutions. Most recently, he has worked on developing digital financial services across the Middle East. At Making Cents, Tim serves as President, building partnerships, managing overall operations, advancing the company-wide strategic plan, and supporting the company’s financial services portfolio. In his free time, Tim promotes the local food movement through support to his family’s 300 year-old farm.
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
Tijana has 18 years of international development experience focused on capturing and pursuing new business. She has managed business development and proposal teams that have generated more than $1.7 billion in new funding from US Government agencies, foundations, corporations, and multilateral and bilateral donors. At Making Cents, she designs and executes the company’s business development strategy and cultivates relationships with clients and partners. When she is not working, Tijana enjoys watching unhealthy amounts of Serbian TV, frets over human extinction at the hands of AI-powered robots, and dreams that one day (before the said extinction) she will be able to afford a Tesla.
Chief Operating Officer
Susan brings more than 20 years of experience managing international development projects, with expertise in project implementation, financial management, and contract compliance. She has managed projects funded by USAID, other bilateral donors, and foundations and served as key personnel on projects valued at greater than $350 million cumulatively. Prior to joining Making Cents, Susan worked on USAID human capital development initiatives at the Public Health Institute and the Centre for Development and Population Activities. At Making Cents, Susan leads project delivery, communications, and operations functional areas, and oversees the company’s economic opportunities, gender equity and social inclusion, and democracy, human rights, and governance practice areas. In her not-so-free time, Susan enjoys hiking with her energetic family, cooking off script, and always cheering for the Red Sox, especially when they play the Yankees.
Dr. Christy Olenik
Vice President, Youth and MERL
Christy is a youth programming and monitoring and evaluation expert with more than 25 years of experience working on youth projects in the US and internationally. Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with international organizations, local NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral donors to build the field of positive youth development. At Making Cents, she oversees the company’s youth development and monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning practice areas. After working on her own meditation practice for more than 20 years, Christy recently became a certified meditation instructor.
Senior Director, Economic Opportunities
Hillary brings more than 15 years of experience developing rural livelihoods and building the capacity of local partner organizations. She has worked on value chain development, youth savings and lending, and eco-tourism projects throughout West Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, including many conflict and post-conflict environments. During her near-decade overseas, she served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. At Making Cents, Hillary leads the economic opportunity practice, supporting market systems development, inclusive livelihoods, and rural development projects through assessments, program design, curriculum development, and capacity building. Hillary lives on a cattle ranch in Wyoming where she ‘practices what she preaches’ by living and working agri-business and rural livelihoods development.
US Office Staff
Senior Associate, Project Delivery
Fizzah is an international development professional with a technical focus in project management. She previously worked in grants management, serving as a Program Officer on over 45+ NIH-funded research grants. At Making Cents, Fizzah serves as the Senior Associate on the YP2LE portfolio, working on the online YouthPower and YouthLead platforms and collaborating with sponsors on the project. In her free time, she works to promote education for girls in Pakistan, and her hobbies include reading, traveling, and shopping.
Manager, YEO 2030 Initiative
Vicky, a lawyer by training, is an experienced program manager in the youth economic opportunities space. Having worked across 80 countries, she has led a diverse range of programs and research on youth economic opportunities, green jobs, financial inclusion, food security and sustainable development for organizations, such as the Agency for Disability and Development in Africa, Fairtrade Africa, Microsoft, UN Environmental Programme, UN Joint SDG Fund, and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. She also served on UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited global sounding board as an expert in the youth economic opportunities space. At Making Cents International, she will be responsible for managing the YEO 2030 initiative, a global movement on youth economic opportunities focusing on elevating youth leadership, knowledge exchange between youth and multi stakeholders, and acceleration of the achievement of SDG 8. In her free time, Vicky enjoys travelling the globe and acting.
Dr. Sharika Bhattacharya
Advisor, Research, Evaluation, and Learning
Sharika has over a decade of experience engaging in research and evaluation activities for U.S.-based and international projects for a variety of federal and other clients. Her experience and interests span multiple sectors, including youth development, education and economic mobility, workforce development, financial empowerment, and building evaluation capacity. At Making Cents, Sharika serves as Research, Evaluation, and Learning Technical Advisor, overseeing the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning practice area and providing leadership on the design and implementation of these activities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, seeking out warm weather, and finding new ways to organize her mental and physical space.
Director, Project Delivery and Operations
Anne brings more than a decade of experience in international development, serving in a variety of roles focused on program design, research and assessments, curriculum development and training, capacity building, and project management. She has designed customized project strategies and technical assistance approaches for youth livelihoods, financial inclusion, agriculture, and workforce development projects, working in collaboration with local partners in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. At Making Cents, Anne guides effective and compliant project execution, provides standards for quality assurance for all project-level deliverables, and oversees implementation and further refinement of our project management systems. When she’s not working, Anne enjoys spending time with her infant son, going on hikes with her dog, and road-tripping to see family and friends.
Global Director, YEO 2030
Matthew is committed to global youth, sport, and community development that is grounded in equity, inclusion, partnership, and collaboration. He has over 25 years of experience working for global government, non-profit, and private-sector organizations, most recently serving as Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East at the International Youth Foundation. At Making Cents, Matthew serves as Global Director for the YEO 2030 Initiative, spearheading a global movement grounded in Youth Economic Opportunity meant to elevate youth leadership and voice as we set our sights on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing and coaching soccer, cheering for University of Georgia and Atlanta sports teams, and having fun with his family.
Eva is an accomplished communications professional with over 15 years of experience developing and implementing print, online, and in-person communications strategies and materials for U.S. and international audiences. She was responsible for brand management and digital media for multi-million-dollar global development organizations, such as Pathfinder International, Digital Green, Plan International USA, and the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). As Director of Communications at Making Cents, Eva drives and executes the company’s internal and external communications priorities and strategies.
Advisor, Economic Opportunities
Dominique has 14 years of experience in providing technical oversight of public private partnerships, entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and workforce development projects. He has experience working at both the field and headquarter levels and has provided technical assistance and capacity building for NGOs, consulting firms, government agencies, financial institutions, foundations, and the private sector. At Making Cents, Dominique serves as the Senior Advisor for Economic Opportunities and in this role focuses on providing technical assistance to youth development, entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion programs. A super fan of Marvel Comics, he enjoys reading, walking, and sightseeing in his free time.
Manager, Knowledge Management and Online Communities
Chelsea is an experienced program management, monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management, and business development professional, specializing in youth and gender programming. She previously worked with Mercy Corps, Global Communities, Health Volunteers Overseas, and USAID supporting community development, civic engagement, GBV prevention, technology for development, and education advancement. At Making Cents, Chelsea manages content and user engagement on YouthLead.org and YouthPower.org, as well as youth networks and communities of practice to facilitate collaboration around Positive Youth Development (PYD). In her free time, she works with youth in her own community, visits art and history museums, goes to concerts, and explores the great outdoors.
Senior Specialist, Gender-Based Violence
Jennifer is a public health practitioner specializing in gender equality and violence against women and girls. Her recent work has focused on design, implementation, and capacity strengthening of gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response programming in complex emergency settings, including South Sudan, Syria, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. At Making Cents, Jennifer supports USAID’s CARE-GBV activity and works across the Business Development, Project Delivery, and Technical Service units to strengthen Making Cents’ women’s empowerment and GBV portfolios. Jennifer is based in the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoys spending time in nature and exploring ways to slow down.
Senior Associate, Project Delivery
Shelby is a trained advocate for survivors of sexual assault and is passionate about ending all forms of violence against women and girls. Previously, she worked as a coder for the WomanStats Project and co-founded the Women, Peace, and Security Club. At Making Cents, Shelby supports the Project Delivery Team with project management and procurement on multiple projects in our portfolio, including our USAID-funded projects in Jamaica and Tajikistan, as well as on CARE-GBV. In her free time, Shelby enjoys being in nature and volunteering at a local wildlife rehabilitation center.
Stephanie leveraged her passion for working with people into a career in operations. Previously, Stephanie garnered over six years of experience as an operations contractor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In her role at Making Cents, she is responsible for supporting company operations, including IT, facilities management, reconciliations, and document management. In Stephanie’s free time she enjoys baking, Tiktoking, and analyzing social media trends and data.
Senior Specialist, Youth and Mental Health
Dania is an art psychotherapist with 10 years of experience working with local and international non-profits. She brings a strong technical expertise in mental health and psychosocial support as well as a background in leading holistic programs for marginalized communities. Her work has focused on the individual and community impacts of trauma and leveraging community-based mechanisms for recovery. At Making Cents, Dania implements projects in youth development, with an emphasis on psychosocial services, mental health, social-emotional learning, resilience, trauma-informed care, and safeguarding and protection. In her free time, Dania enjoys making art, pottery, and coffee (but isn’t any good at coffee art).
Dr. Diane Gardsbane
Chief of Party, Collective Action to Reduce Gender-based Violence (CARE-GBV)
Diane is an applied feminist anthropologist who brings more than 30 years of experience in ethnographic and rapid assessment qualitative research and evaluation, gender analysis, and gender integration across sectors. Her research and practice include the role of social norms, policy, and practice in advancing gender equality. Prior to joining Making Cents, Diane led projects focused on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls as well as other forms of gender-based violence, funded by USAID and other bilateral and multilateral agencies. At Making Cents, she manages USAID’s flagship project focused on reducing gender-based violence. Diane worked across Africa, as well as in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East, and lived in Uganda, Kenya, eSwatini, and Jamaica.
Idrees is an international development professional with over a decade of experience specializing in economic growth, access to finance, and humanitarian assistance interventions. Prior to joining Making Cents, he worked with USAID as a Project Management Specialist, where he designed, procured, and administered awards in the areas of promoting international trade, mobilizing private capital, firm-level competitiveness, and workforce development. At Making Cents, Idrees serves as the Grants Manager, overseeing the grants portfolio focused on democracy, human rights, and governance in Latin America and gender-based violence globally. In his free time, Idrees enjoys playing cricket and spending time with his family.
Rosa Hassan De Ferrari
Manager, Project Delivery
Rosa is an international development researcher and practitioner dedicated to women’s health, gender equality, and human rights, with eight years of global experience in Latin America, Asia, and the United States. Her career has focused on creating and advocating for gender-informed policies through data-driven research and analysis, from working with traditional birth attendants to deliver intimate partner violence prevention information to collaborating with refugees to improve menstrual health within their communities. At Making Cents, Rosa works on multiple projects in the Project Delivery Unit, including LACLEARN and the Serbia SME Impact Evaluation. Outside of work, Rosa can usually be found traveling, dabbling in special effects makeup, and advocating for migrant rights.
Cherece brings more than a decade of on-the-job experience in finance and development from Johns Hopkins University. While there, she played a key role in multiple successful financial campaigns that funded critical research and educational expansion. At Making Cents, she contributes to finance and operations activities through accounts payable and receivable, daily cashflow, and payroll processing. In her free time, Cherece enjoys Marvel movies and attending comic conventions.
Specialist, Economic Opportunities
Lauren is an international development professional with over three years of experience designing and leading capacity building, entrepreneurship, and community health projects. Before joining Making Cents, she worked as Development Coordinator through AmeriCorps in Seattle and as a Health Outreach Specialist through the Peace Corps in Mozambique. As a Specialist with the Economic Opportunities team, Lauren contributes technical assistance to projects within Making Cents’ Economic Opportunities practice area. In addition to International Development, she is passionate about scuba diving, traveling, live music, and exploring D.C.
Senior Manager, Project Delivery
Ashley has over a decade of experience in international democracy, governance, human rights, education, and advocacy programming in Africa and Asia. Throughout her career, based both in the United States and abroad, Ashley focused on building the capacity of youth, women, and civil society. Her experience spans quantitative and qualitative research related to global women’s rights and host country perceptions and attitudes towards refugees to supporting a group of female Senegalese law enforcement officers to plan and execute the first women in law enforcement conference in the Sahel. At Making Cents, Ashley utilizes her project management experience to lead democracy, governance, and human rights projects under the Project Delivery portfolio. When not working, Ashley enjoys traveling, reading, listening to podcasts, practicing yoga, spending time with friends and family, and challenging the patriarchy.
Anne Marie Noll
Senior Associate, Project Delivery
Anne Marie is an experienced community development specialist with five years of work designing, implementing, and evaluating programming focused on food security; climate change; education; and children, youth, and families experiencing poverty. She brings experience working across Latin America and the Caribbean, including Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia. Anne Marie spent time improving the equitable flourishing of communities as a FoodCorps service member at the Boston Mayor’s Office of Food Access and in Boston Public Schools. She was also a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the Native American Agriculture Fund and the Food Research and Action Center, working alongside Indigenous communities throughout the United States. At Making Cents, Anne Marie supports the Project Delivery team with project and grants management. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, herbalism, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and making textile art and jewelry.
Dr. Chelsea Pallatino
Senior Specialist, Research, Evaluation, and Learning
Chelsea brings more than a decade of research and project management experience in the U.S. and abroad related to gender and development. Her primary areas of expertise include gender equity, women’s empowerment, reproductive health, and gender-based violence. Prior to joining Making Cents, Chelsea worked with the United Nations Development Programme on their Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) initiative and served as a Commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission under the Office of the Mayor. At Making Cents, she is responsible for guiding qualitative and quantitative research activities and program design, implementation, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination that integrates strengths-based approaches. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys running and hiking.
Kea is an experienced finance manager with a long record overseeing financial and accounting operations for small businesses working with the U.S. Government. She is skilled in all aspects of financial management, ensuring accurate tracking, monitoring, and reporting of all financial data. Her experience includes reviewing systems, policies, and tools to maintain best practices in financial management and accounting and to make recommendations on needed improvements. In her role at Making Cents, Kea ensures the efficient operations of organizational systems, procedures, and policies and manages accounting practices and procedures. Kea loves spending time with her family, listening to music, and traveling.
Advisor, Learning and Innovation
Stephanie has more than a decade of experience serving as a technical and management expert for USAID, the Department of State, and other clients. She has implemented organizational learning, monitoring, evaluation, facilitation, knowledge management, and capacity development support across sectors, as well as provided internal quality assurance for service delivery and management. At Making Cents, Stephanie serves as the Learning and Innovation Advisor with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Team, helping clients and project teams to learn from and act to improve their programming based on evidence. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys walking her dog and reading fiction.
Manager, Digital Communications
Gloria is an award-winning filmmaker and experienced communication professional who has served as a content producer for international, governmental, and non-government agencies. She has an extensive portfolio ranging from videos and graphic design, to social media and website content management. In 2018, she collaborated with Israeli and Palestinian farmers to develop solutions towards environmental peacebuilding in the West Bank. At Making Cents, Gloria oversees corporate and project-related digital communication, including social media, website content, and online campaigns. Outside of work, Gloria is a RYT200 certified yoga instructor who enjoys spending time in nature and living a low-waste lifestyle.
Project Director, YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation
Christie is a seasoned international development professional who brings more than 20 years of experience improving the lives of the world’s at-risk youth and children. Christie has a background in youth development, education, and workforce development, in multifaceted programs and in an array of global regions. At Making Cents, she leads the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, ensuring proper oversight and high-quality project deliverables.
Cole has cross-sectoral experience in international development, with a background in program management, operations, and capacity building. His professional interests include education initiatives, creating inclusive environments, and community building. At Making Cents, Cole leads coordination and provides event management for conferences, seminars, and convenings delivered through in-person and virtual platforms. In his free time, Cole enjoys photography, exploring museums, and all things coffee.
Jelena B. Simmons
Jelena has more than 20 years of experience as a linguist working in the context of international development. Her areas of expertise include democracy, human rights, and governance; gender equality and social inclusion; education; youth engagement; agriculture and food security; and public health. She speaks six languages and has lived in 10 countries (so far). At Making Cents, Jelena serves as writer and editor, helping produce high-quality and engaging written materials. When she is not writing and editing, she enjoys cooking, baking, listening to music, and exploring and collecting unusual art and artefacts.
Advisor, Youth Engagement
Sarah has more than 15 years of experience working in international youth development, multi-sector partnerships, and coalition building. Her areas of expertise include youth economic opportunities, Positive Youth Development (PYD), and youth engagement. Sarah’s work has focused on contributing to more inclusive systems for youth to learn, earn and thrive, with an emphasis on youth leadership and implements projects that include youth engagement and training for PYD. At Making Cents, Sarah is the Senior Youth Engagement Advisor for the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, overseeing the project’s cross-cutting youth engagement strategy and related activities. In her free time, Sarah is the co-host of an independent radio show, “The Outside Set” on Takoma Radio (94.3 LP FM) in Takoma Park, MD., and a cycling adventure podcast, “The Big Dumb Ride.”
Associate, Business Development
Bhavana recently interned for the Québec Delegation in Chicago, where she used her fluency in French to liaise with partner organizations and developed articles on the office’s cultural, environmental, and business priorities. Bhavana studied in Dakar, Senegal, and interned with the Health Development Initiative in Kigali, Rwanda. She additionally spent a year in France as an English language assistant. Bhavana supports the implementation of Making Cents’ business development strategy, including business intelligence gathering, capture efforts, and proposal development. In her free time, Bhavana teaches French classes and runs an online book club.
Senior Associate, Project Delivery
Katelynn, a recent graduate of American University, is passionate about Indigenous Peoples’ rights and utilizing agriculture as a method of empowerment. On the Project Delivery team, Katelynn supports staff on youth-focused projects. In her free time, she sews, coaches a local speech team, and tends to her plants.
Emily Whitfield Stupak
Manager, Business Development
Emily is a business development professional with seven years of experience in international development. Prior to Making Cents, Emily has worked in various roles in the industry, serving as strategic communications specialist, project start-up specialist, and business development manager for both for-profit and non-profit international development organizations. At Making Cents, Emily coordinates proposal development efforts for funding opportunities with USAID and other donors. In her spare time, Emily enjoys mountain biking and hiking.
Deputy Director, YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation
Lindsey is an international development project management professional and youth organizing specialist with over ten years of experience leading and managing youth-focused projects and initiatives. Prior to Making Cents, Lindsey led and facilitated multiple youth-led organizations, movements, and campaigns and developed youth leadership programming and trainings. At Making Cents, Lindsey serves as Deputy Director, Operations for the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, supporting operational activities under core tasks and all buy-in activities.
Senior Manager, Communications
Natasha is an emerging leader in digital media, recognized by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists for her contributions in this space. She is the founding partner of Lioness, the first online news company for female entrepreneurs, which was acquired by Innovation Women in 2020. At Making Cents, Natasha leads external communications, digital content creation, and hosts The PYD Lab, a USAID-powered podcast delivered through the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project. When she is not talking about startups and advocating for female founders, Natasha enjoys writing short fiction.
Atlas Corps Fellows
Youth Engagement Fellow
Zunaira is a professional digital media marketing and content expert with five years of experience working in the development and public sector in Pakistan on campaigns ranging from education to women’s empowerment to youth development. Additionally, she trained women around Pakistan in social media for business, marketing, and content creation. At Making Cents, she serves as a Youth Engagement Fellow through the Atlas Corps. When she is not working, she enjoys travelling and seeking opportunities to experience new adventures.