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Director, Economic Growth and Trade Practice Eileen Hoffman

Eileen Hoffman is an international economic development specialist with more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing programs focused on private sector competitiveness, entrepreneurship, workforce development, local economic development, and household economic strengthening. She has worked in more than 25 countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean, collaborating with donors and partners, such as private sector firms, foundations, and the U.S. government. She has proven expertise integrating the private sector, the public sector, and community members in economic development planning and activities, using participatory approaches that drive local ownership and sustainability. She has led numerous initiatives in inclusive value chain analysis, community engagement, program design, causal modeling, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational capacity building. Ms. Hoffman has an M.B.A. in international business from the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business and a B.A. in international relations and business from the University of San Diego.

Blog Posts by Eileen Hoffman

Building the Tech Workforce through Private Sector Engagement

Many countries find themselves facing “brain drain” — mass exodus of bright young minds seeking greater opportunities for employment abroad. In the small European country Moldova, for instance, one third of the population has left to find living wages elsewhere. Fortunately, engaging the private sector in technology-related workforce development projects offers a sustainable, market-based solution.…

The SDGs are a Common Language and We’re Not Speaking It

The adoption of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was a watershed moment for the world, not only because of the importance of the goals themselves, but also because of the inclusiveness of the process used to develop them. Because of that inclusiveness, the private sector is now speaking the same language as that…

4 Ways Women Can Support Women’s Economic Empowerment

USAID’s recent Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality Workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa, brought together nearly 100 men and women dedicated to advancing women’s economic empowerment and equality throughout Africa and beyond. Over a period of two and a half days, we discussed USAID’s new draft Framework to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality, listened to…