Manchester, VT–The BOMA Project, a U.S.-based nonprofit that implements a high-impact, gender-focused poverty graduation program in the drought-threatened arid lands of eastern Africa, announced the appointment of Megan Gash as Director of Research, Evaluation and Learning. BOMA empowers women to establish sustainable livelihoods, build resilient families, graduate from extreme poverty and catalyze change in their rural communities, and is distinguished by a rigorous commitment to data collection, monitoring, and accountability.
Ms. Gash most recently served as Research Director at the Grameen Foundation, a global nonprofit organization that brings innovative and sustainable solutions to the fight against poverty and hunger. Prior to that role, Megan worked as a Research and Evaluation Specialist at Freedom from Hunger, where she directed research, evaluation and monitoring activities for programs in West Africa, led research components of grants, oversaw relationships with research partners, and disseminated research results through briefs, conferences, webinars, blogging, and guest lectures.
She has also held roles as Program Specialist & Consultant at The IRIS Center in College Park, Maryland, and as a Field Supervisor for a USAID Poverty Assessment Tools Project for FINCA International in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
“As we scale our program across eastern Africa and progress toward our goal of reaching 1 million women and children by 2022, we want to continue to implement and ensure best-in-class Research, Evaluation and Learning practices,” says Kathleen Colson, Founder and CEO of the BOMA Project. “Megan brings valuable leadership and expertise to the process of developing and applying our theories of change.”
“BOMA’s unique poverty graduation program is deeply respected in the development space for its commitment to monitoring, research and learning,” says Megan, “and I am extremely pleased to be joining this fast-growing team as they are poised to dramatically increase their impact.”
Ms. Gash is based in Sacramento, CA and will travel frequently to BOMA’s U.S. headquarters in Manchester, Vermont and the BOMA offices in Kenya.