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Membership Spotlight: Natalie Donahue

Tue, March 20, 2018 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

A Self Proclaimed Nerd

Natalie Donahue is bringing "Nerdy" back! As a matter of fact, it never left. This Ohio State alum doesn't mind showing the world that being an introvert and displaying her book collection gives the title "nerd" some swag. 


Where do nerds work? Currently she’s a Social Science Analyst at the Department of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs' Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) office and has been

 in this position for 3-1/2 years (since October 2014). In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the M&E efforts of NEA/AC's five foreign assistance programs (totaling more than $200 million) across 18 countries. She has a wide variety of responsibilit

ies: She 

works closely with grantees to create their M&E plan for their awar

ds, provides input on program design, assists with the Bureau's strategic planning efforts, and oversees and takes part in their Bureau's many evaluations - which she manages or, when she is lucky, serves as a team member or team lead. This past year she was able to serve as a Team Leader for two evaluations and loved every minute of it! 
 This introvert joined WE in September 2014 to meet like-minded people that have similar interests such as talking about nerdy things. She says, ”I have met a lot of great people through the organization. When I attend WE events I am always

 seeking out those that don't work in the international development sector to understand what types of projects they are working on, the challenges they face, and which methods they are using to conduct their evaluations. I look forward to volunteering this year on the Program Committee.” 

This proud nerd loves to read and is always looking for a good book recommendation - so feel free to come chat with her about your favorite M&E and/or non-fiction books! You can reach her via email at oreodo34@gmail.com


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