Grace Boone

Program Manager, Reimagining Development

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Grace (she, her, hers) joined CDA in 2018. She manages programs related to shifting power across the peacebuilding-humanitarian-development nexus in order to contribute to a reimagined way of working that is led by people in their own communities and centered around global solidarity. 

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. Currently, Grace manages 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 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.

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Stopping As Success: Transitioning to locally led development



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