Associate Professor of the Practice of Development
Leona Ba has worked as an organizational development and evaluation consultant for more than 20 years, improving the performance and effectiveness of organizations, teams, programs, and individuals involved in international development, and more specifically in agriculture, emergency response, climate change resilience, education, health, and microenterprise development. Her work has included change management, strategic planning, leadership coaching, program design, and evaluation for organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development, the United States State Department, United Nations agencies, the World Cocoa Foundation, Plan International, and the International Development Research Centre. Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, she worked as a consultant at Social Impact in Arlington, Virginia.
Leona’s extensive experience as a practitioner in a wide variety of cultural contexts developed her ability to integrate cultural responsiveness and equity throughout her work. She has been teaching the Culture, Evaluation, and Equity course at the Evaluators’ Institute of Claremont Graduate University since 2012.
Leona holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development/Organizational Development from the George Washington University, and a Master of Science in Agriculture from the University of Maryland.