Practice Area Lead and Technical Director
Darcy Ashman is a senior technical advisor and researcher in gender equality, civil society and governance. For over 25 years she has worked with international donors and civil society organizations (CSOs) advising on project design and implementation, conducting applied research and evaluation and directing programs. She has provided technical leadership and evaluation services for numerous USAID-funded activities, including CSO capacity development in Zambia and Sri Lanka, women’s leadership and political empowerment globally, anti-corruption in Bangladesh, peace building and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, women’s rights advocacy in Bangladesh and Nepal, and CSO health initiatives in Malawi, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Other major clients include UNDP, the World Bank, the International Forum on Capacity Building, InterAction, Save the Children, and the Bangladesh Women’s Empowerment Organization. Darcy was a founding member of two innovative NGO leadership and management training programs in partnership with African and Asian NGOs. Darcy earned her doctorate in organizational behavior with a minor in civil society from the Boston University Graduate School of Management and a master’s degree in international development from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.