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Eliza Brennan, Program Officer: Education, Arts & Culture
As Program Officer for Education and the Arts, Eliza leads ICF’s Education portfolio with the goal of expanding educational opportunities for vulnerable children in Mexico and other regions of Latin America to succeed in school, careers and life. She also oversees ICF’s programmatic work in Guatemala and a small, but growing portfolio of grants to promote and increase access to the arts. Eliza joined ICF in August 2015, first as Interim Program Officer for Environmental Conservation and then as the Foundation’s first Marketing & Development Manager.
Eliza’s prior experience includes four years as the Development Associate & Volunteer Manager at the Fabretto Children’s Foundation in Nicaragua, an organization that provides education, health, nutrition and community development programs to over 20,000 Nicaraguan children and their families in under-served communities. Previously she worked for a youth-leadership organization based in Washington, D.C. where she oversaw their international programs, bringing over 500 American high-school students to international destinations for cross-cultural educational experiences. During her university years she held internships at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Agora Partnerships, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and volunteered with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation in Nicaragua.
Eliza holds a Master’s of Public Affairs (MPAFF) from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas – Austin and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where she studied Culture & Politics and minored in African Studies. She has over 20 years of experience living and working in Latin America, and academic experiences in China and South Africa.
Eliza enjoys traveling to visit family and friends in new countries, beach days, and exploring the San Diego-Tijuana foodie scene.
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