Ms. Shanks leads the South America division. Ms. Shanks is a business development specialist with nearly 13 years of experience at Chemonics. Previously, she was senior vice president of Chemonics activities in Afghanistan. In her first long-term overseas posting in 2003, she simultaneously managed a municipal finance and a business development project in Paraguay. Ms. Shanks then led a business development project in Azerbaijan and returned to Paraguay to lead business climate reform and anti-corruption efforts. Before returning to the firm's headquarters in 2010 as senior vice president for AfPak, she completed her MBA and worked in Afghanistan to develop an entrepreneurial business development initiative in Kandahar.