Growing up between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa has allowed me to directly juxtapose the opportunities and possibilities afforded to communities in these diverse regions. I am passionate about data and research as a catalyst for sustainable progress. As a research assistant and data analyst, my work has focused on ensuring policies and programs are founded on contextually-specific evidence, that they are continually monitored and evaluated, and that findings are accessible to decision-makers.
Prior to joining Cooper/Smith, I worked at the Population Council where my primary focus was managing and maintaining the Adolescent Data Hub, the largest catalogue of open access datasets on adolescents in low and middle-income countries. In this role I identified eligible primary and secondary datasets, identified and addressed gaps on adolescent-focused research, and conducted reviews and analyses on topics pertinent to adolescents.
Before working at the Council, I undertook independent research with the Synergos Institute in Johannesburg. There, I evaluated an ongoing care worker program to assess the impact that third-party support had on HIV-positive adolescent’s psychosocial wellbeing. My responsibilities included study and questionnaire design, policy analysis, and data collection and analysis. I also worked closely with local partners and stakeholders to translate research and inform program modifications prior to scale-up. In addition to these roles, I had the formative opportunity to intern at the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi where I supported work on a mixed-methods, randomized control trial.
I received a BA in International Development Studies and Economics from McGill University and an MSc in Global Population Health, with a focus on research methods and quantitative analysis, from the London School of Economics.