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Director, West and Central Africa and Haiti Regional Business Unit Bridget Burke
Bridget Burke is a director with more than 13 years of experience in conflict, disaster, and post-conflict transitional settings. Bridget works part-time at Chemonics, and part-time as a practicing psychotherapist and consultant on staff care, leadership, and stress/resilience. Bridget is trained in trauma response and applies a unique focus on trauma and mental health to her development work. She brings expertise in designing, managing, and evaluating peacebuilding, public health, and justice sector programs in the Middle East, Haiti, and West and Central Africa, as well as eight years on projects funded by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). She spent three years in Haiti on USAID OTI-funded Haiti Recovery Initiative I and II programs in various roles, such as deputy chief of party and chief of party. She has geographic expertise in countries such as Haiti, the West Bank and Gaza, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Mali, and she speaks French and conversational Haitian Creole. Bridget holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development, with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a B.A. in International Studies from American University with a focus on the Middle East.