Grace (she, her, hers) joined CDA in 2018. In her work, she actively engages with decolonizing aid, climate change and conflict, and racial and gender equity in the development sector. She is driven by the desire to shift the international development system to be more accountable to communities most affected by aid and she works alongside people most affected by conflict to inform conflict-sensitive policy and practice.
Grace is a skilled researcher, convener, facilitator and manager of people and processes and is most energized by bringing people together to find solutions to complex systemic issues. From 2018-2020, Grace managed the Stopping As Success (SAS) collaborative learning project which advocates for locally led development by using evidence from 13 countries to inform responsible INGO transitions. She co-edited SAS’ latest book What Transformation Takes: Evidence of Responsible INGO Transitions to Locally Led Development from Around the World. Additionally, Grace serves as editor for CDA’s From Where I Stand: Unpacking ‘local’ in aid learning forum, co-facilitates the Locally Led Peacebuilding Working Group alongside Alliance for Peacebuilding and Peace Direct, and leads CDA’s internal Anti-Racism and Social Inclusion Task Force. She supervises the Strategic Communications and Special Projects Manager and manages CDA’s overall communications strategy.
Outside of CDA, Grace experiments with a variety of art mediums, including painting, poetry, and, most recently, printmaking. She received her Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management in Waltham, MA.
Grace was born in the United States and raised in Mocuba, Mozambique and Cape Town, South Africa. Currently, she is based in Washington, D.C.