Director, West and Central Africa
Elizabeth Ellis is an expert in international development with a focus on gender, agricultural development, private sector competitiveness, monitoring and evaluation, food security, microfinance, strategic communications and local capacity building. She is currently the director for the Nigeria MARKETS II program and contributes to Chemonics’ gender, agriculture, and financial services practice networks. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Party for the Morocco Integrated Agriculture and Agribusiness program, as the M&E Advisor/Special Projects Director for MARKETS I and also served as the Director of Impact Assessment and Technical Reporting under Bridge to MARKETS II. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, she provided capacity-building assistance in enterprise development, financial management, and quality assurance to associations and cooperatives of artisan. She holds a B.A. in history with a concentration in global development studies from Grinnell College and an MPA/PP focused on international public service and development from Rutgers University. She speaks Moroccan Arabic and French and has worked in Southern Africa, West Africa, North Africa and the Middle East.
Manager, Gender Practice
Jamie Hausch is a gender consultant with extensive experience analyzing and reporting on gender related issues and conducting assessments in the international arena. Her research has culminated in numerous professional and academic analyses, assessments, and policy and developmental recommendations on human trafficking and child soldiering; gender based violence, including honor killings, gendercide, and female genital mutilation; female access to education; gender and agriculture, environment, and climate change; and women and economic growth. As the former technical research manager of Anti-Trafficking Task Order, she has conducted research regarding international human trafficking and assisted in the creation and facilitation of USAID and stakeholder anti-trafficking trainings in Tanzania, Guatemala, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic. Jamie has produced gender strategies for multiple Chemonics projects, including Indonesia’s Program Representasi, the Palestinian Authority Capacity Enhancement project, and the Iraq Government Strengthening Project. She has a master’s degree in international public policy and management with a concentration in gender and education from the University of Southern California and has worked throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
Director, East Asia
Kelly Cronen has 13 years experience managing and implementing multi-million dollar international development projects for the federal government and private sector firms. Her technical expertise focuses on combating trafficking in persons, women's empowerment, community development, and youth civic engagement. She has extensive experience protecting vulnerable groups, assisting in victim rehabilitation, and working with youth and local communities at the grassroots level and working on civil society development programs in transition countries in Eastern Europe and in Afghanistan. Her management experience includes managing and designing development programs, overseeing complex program budgets, and managing culturally diverse program staff. Ms. Cronen is currently serving as the gender and outreach advisor for a local government project in Afghanistan and director for a legislative strengthening project in Vietnam. She previously served as chief of party on a Washington D.C.-based anti-trafficking project which provided technical support to USAID Washington and USAID field missions on efforts to combat human trafficking. She also served at USAID as the Contracting Officer's technical representative and activity manager on the largest bilateral anti-trafficking portfolio in the agency, comprised of two six-year anti-trafficking projects worth $10.5 million. As a result of her efforts, she was awarded the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for Excellence in Anti-Trafficking Work. Ms. Cronen has ten years experience living and working overseas, with seven and a half years in transition countries of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Her field work experience includes Albania, Afghanistan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine.