Information and Knowledge Strategist
Hi, I’m Leah. I lead organizational learning to improve international development effectiveness.
I work with Camris International as a Learning Fellow for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda. I created a new method for evaluating an organization’s strategic approach to improving local systems. Through this method, I guide teams to build consensus, test and learn from decisions, improve communication, enable collaboration, and manage change.
I got my start at USAID by facilitating communication and collaboration between the managers of four contracts within the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL) Office of Learning, Evaluation, and Research. Those contracts included knowledge management, Agency-wide communication, monitoring and evaluation, and training. I was also on the team that designed the PPL Fellows Program to increase awareness of new Agency policy and build programmatic knowledge, skills, processes, and systems across all operating units in USAID.
While working full time with USAID, I obtained a Masters of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University in the City of New York. I contributed to numerous project teams, led discussions on the intersection of organizational policy and strategy, and provided consultation to the ConocoPhillips knowledge sharing program.
Before my work with Camris International, I was the Knowledge Management Specialist for the MEASURE Evaluation project, the largest federally funded award given to the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I built the knowledge management system which included communication, communities of practice, and capacity development for the $200M award operating in 30 countries. I started my career at TriMet (a multi-county metropolitan transportation agency in Portland, OR) where I coordinated communication for a $350M mass transit capital project.
I grew up in Portland, OR, and studied journalism with a focus in public relations at the University of Oregon. When I’m not in the office, I read the news, listen to podcasts, and explore Kampala’s market scene.