Denise is leading the development and implementation of WomenStrong’s grant systems and policies. Denise supports WomenStrong’s partners to test, pilot, and share best practices for helping urban women and girls move out of extreme poverty. Denise is responsible for WomenStrong’s portfolio of agreements and manages the full lifecycle of WomenStrong’s grants, ensuring compliance with project-specific requirements and organization-wide policies and procedures.
Denise brings over 10 years of experience managing complex international development programs all over the world. Previous to joining WomenStrong, Denise supported an international network of universities working to build health equity through socially accountable and community engaged health workforce education at THEnet: Training for Health Equity Network. AT ICAP Columbia University, Denise coordinated the PEPFAR-funded Global Nurse Capacity Development Project, active in 11 sub-Saharan African countries. In this position Denise worked closely with nursing schools to develop their capacity to implement large health programs and coordinated the implementation and financial/administrative management of the project. Previously, Denise worked extensively on programs in the former Soviet Union, including four years based in Russia and the South Caucasus directing the State Department-funded Future Leaders Exchange Program at American Councils for International Education. At the Social Science Research Council, Denise coordinated research fellowships and training programs for scholars of Eurasia. Denise’s focus across all these positions is creating effective systems to manage complex international programs and working with local partners to develop their capacity.
Denise has a Master’s of Public Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a focus on International Development, a Master’s in Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature from Barnard College.