Connecting Across Organizations: A Virtual Event
As a global leader in education, USAID’s Office of Education will launch a series of virtual events to connect with implementing partners and external stakeholders called the Global Education Learning Series. We kicked off the Learning Series with this virtual event, hosted by the USAID Office of Education, “Connecting Across Organizations.”
This event provided an update on new tools and resources from the Office of Education and where you can find additional information. The speakers also provided an update on USAID’s COVID-19 education response and took a few moments to answer your questions.
LeAnna Marr is the Director of the Office of Education within the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), USAID, based in Washington, D.C. A USAID Foreign Service Officer since 2004, she served as Education Office Director and Program Officer in Guinea, South Sudan, Sudan (Khartoum) and Macedonia, and was the Program Officer and Acting Mission Director of USAID/Morocco. From 2007 to 2010, she served as USAID’s Senior Education Advisor in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs. Prior to joining USAID, she worked as Associate Peace Corps Director in Guinea and as executive director of a non-profit alternative education program in Washington, DC. Ms. Marr has a Master’s in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an undergraduate degree in French from Kalamazoo College.
Robert is a Foreign Service Officer currently assigned to USAID/W. Robert serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Education in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3). He previously served in Washington in the Bureau for Asia as an Education Development Officer. He has a wealth of prior experience including field work in the United States, Thailand, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Philippines as a teacher, teacher trainer, and evaluator of education programs. In the Philippines Robert served as an Education Team Leader, managing a diverse portfolio that included early grade reading, equitable access to quality education in Mindanao, and higher education with a focus on science, technology and innovation. In Egypt he worked as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at Cairo University, with the Binational Fulbright Commission. In his role with the USAID/Egypt Mission he managed both basic and higher education programs and served as the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist on the Education Team.
Luis A. Rivera
Luis A. Rivera is the Deputy Director of Foreign Operations for the Management Bureau’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance. In this capacity, he oversees a team to provide strategic vision and leadership to the Agency’s Missions by supporting the Foreign Service Contracting Officer backstop, and the Acquisition and Assistance staff worldwide. Under his leadership, his team bridges between Washington, D.C. and the field to ensure policy formulation reflects overseas reality, liaises with internal and external stakeholders to build flexible and adaptive procurement tools, and fosters a whole of M/OAA expertise integration to deliver business solutions to position the Agency to respond to its development and humanitarian mandates on a global scale.
A career Foreign Service Officer since 2005, Luis most recently served as the Director of the Acquisitions and Assistance Office in Jordan, where he supported one the agency’s largest assistance programs, and the Southern Syria Assistance Program. Luis has also served in Pakistan, and in the regional Missions in Peru, and El Salvador.
Nina Papadopoulos has worked for over 15 years promoting the right of education in conflict and crisis with a diverse range of organizations. She currently supports USAID missions to ensure the effective implementation of USAID’s Education Strategy, particularly the agency goal of increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments. Nina is the co-author of the Education Cluster Coordinator Handbook, and authored a background paper for the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report titled: Achievements and challenges of the Education Cluster in the occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, and Sri Lanka. For the past three years she has been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University in the Program on Justice and Peace Studies. Nina is a doctoral candidate at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Joanna Ramos-Romero is the Professional Development and Training Specialist with the Office of Education (E3/ED), USAID. In this capacity, she is leading and coordinating professional development and training opportunities for the entire USAID education sector as part of a spectrum of continuous learning. She also provides technical assistance in instructional design and training across activities, bringing a depth of experience in adult learning approaches, in-person and virtual facilitation strategies, and peer-to-peer exchange. Prior to joining USAID, Joanna provided consulting services to international development organizations to support their youth workforce development, capacity strengthening, and education programs, and worked for International Youth Foundation’s first as a Program Manager and then as a Program Director. During her 10 years at IYF, she trained trainers and developed training curricula in soft skills, effective teaching methods, career guidance, and job placement to strengthen the capacity of youth-serving organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds an M.A. in International Development Studies with a specialization in International Education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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