US Home Office Staff
Senior Manager, USAID Collective Action to REduce Gender-based Violence (CARE-GBV) Activity
Michelle has provided technical expertise and management for international development projects in conflict and post-conflict settings. Her work has focused on women, youth, displaced persons, refugees, returnees, and LGBTQIA+ persons. Michelle’s projects have addressed gender and human rights, political participation, social inclusion, democracy, rights, and governance as well as journalist and media safety, among other issues. She has worked throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. At Making Cents, Michelle utilizes her project management experience to lead and support all operational and core tasks for the CARE-GBV project. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys going to museums, taking care of her cat, and spending nights in her familial home in New York City.
Director, Project Delivery
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.
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.
Senior Knowledge Management Specialist
Maria is a trained economist and knowledge management expert recognized for developing and deploying high-impact KM systems and processes for public and private sector clients, including USAID, DFID, the European Commission, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since 2013, she has also served on the Secretariat for the Building Evidence in Education (BE2) donor working group. At Making Cents, Maria works on the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, leading the project’s online platforms and knowledge management activities. In her free time, Maria is a fan of classical music and enjoys singing in a choir.
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, Project Delivery
Sheena is a skilled international development practitioner with cross-sectoral project management experience, supporting the delivery of multi-sector programs in multiple countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Central Europe, and South Asia. She has experience in research and analysis, in conjunction with program design with a focus on driving the practice of collaborating, learning, and adaptation (CLA) to engender engagement with local stakeholders and improve M&E practices. At Making Cents, Sheena is a Manager in the Project Delivery Unit working on multiple projects in the Economic Opportunity portfolio. In her spare time, she is an avid baker with a specialty in cheesecakes!
Delight is a 2020 graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park. As the Operations Associate, Delight provides administrative support to the Finance and Operations team. During her free time, Delight enjoys working on her business, watching anime, and reading manga.
Associate, Project Delivery
Elyse is a recent graduate who has a passion for the well-being of children and their families, with a special interest in immigration. She conducted in-field research with New Sanctuary Movement activists and immigrants in Ohio for her senior thesis. Prior to joining Making Cents, she was an Early Childhood Educator in Southern Vermont. At Making Cents, Elyse works across the project portfolio, supporting project delivery staff. In her free time, Elyse loves to run, explore antique stores, and be in nature with her friends and loved ones.
Senior Specialist, Youth Development
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.
Manager, Project Delivery
Thomas is an international development professional with ten years’ experience of grassroots, HQ, and field-based program implementation in youth development, democracy and governance, and educational exchanges. He has experience across global contexts, including Eastern Europe, MENA, and South-East Africa. At Making Cents, Thomas is responsible for managing youth and gender-focused projects in the Project Delivery portfolio. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova.
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.
Michael is a Human Resources and Operations professional with 10 years of program management, operations, human resources, and administration experience. Over the course of his career, he has worked for several small and large domestic non-profits. At Making Cents, Michael is responsible for the company’s operations, which includes managing human resources, issuing RFP/Qs for specific services, IT, facilities management, and staff training. In his free time, Michael likes to cook and bake.
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.
Manager, Knowledge Management and Online Communities
Katie is a development professional who specializes in knowledge management and gender justice. She has experience designing, implementing, and monitoring projects in complex international environments. At Making Cents, Katie supports the updated design, refresh, and development of USAID’s YouthLead.org and YouthPower.org platforms, including the intentional curation of content and support for sectoral communities of practice. In her free time, Katie enjoys camping, playing and hosting trivia, and watching the latest docuseries.
Director, Finance and Operations
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.
Senior Associate, 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.
Rafael is a contracts, finance and project management professional experienced in international development. His background includes health and infrastructure, government contracts and procurement, grants, business operations, financial management, budget development, and international economic growth projects. Rafael has focused his career on international development, but his experience includes NGOs, the U.S. Government, United Nations agencies (UNDP, PAHO/WHO), and global international development organizations. As the Grants Manager at Making Cents, Rafael is responsible for the overall management of grants under contract. His current portfolio is focused on democracy, human rights, and governance in Latin America and gender-based violence globally. Rafael is a native Spanish speaker, he enjoys playing guitar, traveling, and motorcycles.
Senior Associate, Communications
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.
Technical 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.”
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.
Director, Project Delivery
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.
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.
Youth Research Lead
Mariia has a decade of experience working on education, media literacy, anti-corruption, e-governance, and infosec projects. She previously worked on the Ukraine Country Program Evaluation with the World Bank Group, analyzed media for OSCE/ODIHR, and monitored social media platform trends and information inferences at Mission Canada Ukraine Elections, among other research and MEL-related activities. At Making Cents, she is a Research Lead for the UNITY project, responsible for research activities, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. In her free time, Mariia enjoys climbing, travelling, and exploring AI-related topics.
Juliet Zawadi Tunje
Director, Social Inclusion
Juliet has more than 17 years’ experience designing and implementing gender equality and social inclusion strategies for agriculture; health, water, and sanitation; and energy projects in Kenya, South Sudan, and Liberia. Through her work, she has created capacity development interventions for improved community livelihoods; mainstreamed and implemented women’s and youth economic empowerment projects; and developed innovative gender equality models in agricultural value chains and food security. At Making Cents, Juliet designs inclusive agricultural market systems approaches, supports financial inclusion for women and youth through group savings and lending approaches, and facilitates business development support for youth and women-led agribusinesses for the USAID Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development (KCDMS) Activity in Kenya. During her free time, she supports women in forming savings and lending groups for financial independence.
Atlas Corps Fellows
Ephrem Bekele Woldeyesus
Youth Engagement Fellow
Ephrem has over nine years of experience in non-profit and social enterprises. He developed skills in mental health advocacy and interventions, media and communications, capacity development, youth engagement, operational and strategic planning, partnership management, social media management, project designing, and implementation and volunteer management. He is most passionate about innovative and social entrepreneurship projects on mental health, media, and youth empowerment and engagement. At Making Cents, Ephrem works on the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, as a Youth Engagement Fellow via Atlas Corps Program and working closely with YouthLead Ambassadors. In his free time, Ephrem loves practicing photojournalism and exploring nature through hikes and bikes.
Youth Engagement Fellow
Gaëlle has a background in communications, volunteer management, civic leadership, project management, and non-profit organizations. At Making Cents International, she works on the YouthPower2: Learning and Evaluation project, as a Youth Engagement Fellow through the Atlas Corps Program. Gaëlle participated in several exchange and leadership programs, such as the Obama Foundation Africa Leaders Program and the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. She has devoted over ten years of her life to providing youth with growth opportunities. For fun, she lends her voice to nonprofits and corporates across the globe as a voice-over artist.