Margret Chu joins GHD after working with Oxfam America’s CHANGE Initiative, a national youth leadership program. Prior, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania where she engaged in youth and community development. In Albania, she worked with local government and civil society organizations on transparency initiatives and sustainable waste management. She designed and implemented recycling programs in schools in her town while engaging local actors and youth to become more environmentally responsible. Additionally Margret coordinated Albania’s national Model United Nations program and worked closely with UNDP’s ESERE project in Durres which seeks to improve access to employment, social services, education, and social integration for Albania’s marginalized Roma and Egyptian populations. It was through her Peace Corps experience that she realized the importance of qualitative and quantitative analysis in international development programs. At GHD, Margret hopes to learn more about the role of project evaluation in policy, refine her skills in M/E and implementation, as well as gain working proficiency in Arabic. She holds a B.A. in French and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a certificate in Political Studies from Sciences Po Lyon in France. After graduating, she completed an internship with UNA-NCA in D.C. then taught English in France where she also volunteered at a center for asylum seekers. Margret has a passion for foreign languages and speaks French and Cantonese fluently. She is conversational in Albanian, Mandarin, Spanish and Italian and has studied Arabic and German.
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